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Children's LiteratureThe beautiful panthera tigris and its peril in today's world are the subjects of this comprehensive discussion of tiger populations and efforts to save them from extinction. There are now five subspecies in Asia, although three others, the Bali, the Java, and the Caspian, have slipped away forever. It's hard to believe that only in 1967 was the first scientific study of wild tigers published. Author Bortolotti describes the characteristics and habitats of the animals, and explores, in segments called "On the Frontlines," vital rescue work being done in China (where perhaps only 30 remain), India, Russia, Malaysia, and Sumatra. "At Work" pages highlight some of the outstanding people dedicated to conserving tiger populations, now threatened mainly by loss of habitat and poaching. Striking color photos show tigers leaping, snarling, stalking, and just looking like the majestic beasts they are, while maps, time lines, and "Fast Facts" help readers understand the tiger's plight. One of many interesting features, called "Tigers and Us," shows how art, literature, and graphics have shaped our perceptions of the great cats through the ages. Lovers of these beautiful predators will find here much to fascinate, including a list of nine tiger rescue organizations with addresses and websites for more information and ways to help. 2003, Firefly, Ages 12 up.
— Barbara L. Talcroft