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The Tiger Cubs and the Chimp: The True Story of How Anjana the Chimp Helped Raise Two Baby Tigers
     

The Tiger Cubs and the Chimp: The True Story of How Anjana the Chimp Helped Raise Two Baby Tigers

by Bhagavan Antle, Thea Feldman (As Told by), Barry Bland (Photographer)
 

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When two baby white tigers on an animal preserve get into trouble during a storm, they are taken in by a human animal worker named China and her helper, a chimpanzee named Anjana. China and Anjana soon become the tigers' mothers, playing and cuddling with the cubs as they grow big and strong.

Set on a preserve for endangered animals, The Institute of Greatly

Overview

When two baby white tigers on an animal preserve get into trouble during a storm, they are taken in by a human animal worker named China and her helper, a chimpanzee named Anjana. China and Anjana soon become the tigers' mothers, playing and cuddling with the cubs as they grow big and strong.

Set on a preserve for endangered animals, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.), Anjana's amazing true story showcases her surprising love for two adorable tiger cubs.

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“Following the same clean photo-album layout as Suryia & Roscoe (2011) (Suryia makes an appearance with Mitra and Shiva too), with simple sentence structure, this is engaging nonfiction for the youngest set. An author's note explains how the animal-preserve setting fostered this relationship.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The endearing photographs might well make you want to go out and save an orangutan--or a stray pup.” —Los Angeles Times on Suryia and Roscoe

“The engaging animals will appeal to children.” —School Library Journal on Suryia and Roscoe

“Fans of cute animal books will be delighted.” —Booklist on Suryia and Roscoe

“Will bring smiles to the faces of animal lovers young and old.” —Kirkus Reviews on Suryia Swims!

“Fans of Suryia . . . will surely enjoy this continuation into the life of a very special orangutan.” —School Library Journal on Suryia Swims!

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
The colorful cover of this book features a photograph of a clear-eyed chimpanzee holding two white tigers, one in each arm. They are an unusually happy-looking trio. Unusual, because chimpanzees should naturally be afraid of a known predator: the tiger. But, in this rare case, “Anjana” the chimp helped “China” the human care for the baby tigers. This photo journal picture book does not detail exactly what happened to the baby tigers’ mother, nothing only that “[w]hen they were three days old, there was a big storm at the preserve. The tiny cubs were in danger and their mother couldn’t help.” It also doesn’t explain why they needed special care, although we learn that “Anjana” was cared for by China when she was young and learned, by observing, how to care for young animals too. The “Author’s Note” reveals that Anjana lives at a South Carolina wildlife preserve called T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) where animals live “a nurtured, fulfilled life. Anjana is less concerned with survival because her needs and security are met with love and care.” This is a beautiful book that will, hopefully, inspire young children to take an interest wildlife preservation programs. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman; Ages 4 to 8.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-25
A chimpanzee cuddles two baby tigers and watches over them as they grow. Mitra and Shiva are twin brother white tigers. When they were only 3 days old, a big storm separated them from their mother. China, an animal worker at The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species began taking care of them. She had a special assistant: Anjana the chimp, who also grew up at the animal preserve. After watching China carefully, Anjana steps in and learns how to feed the cubs bottles of warm milk. Anjana also plays with Mitra and Shiva, giving them affection and comfort. When they are scared, she puts her arms around them and says, "Boop, boop, boop"--which apparently means, "I am here with you. You are okay." Following the same clean photo-album layout as Suryia & Roscoe (2011) (Suryia makes an appearance with Mitra and Shiva too), with simple sentence structure, this is engaging nonfiction for the youngest set. An author's note explains how the animal-preserve setting fostered this relationship. Since she feels so safe and secure, Anjana is able to overcome her natural fear of predatory animals. Unusual-friendship tales are not uncommon, but two unexpected, yet endearing, animals hugging will never fail to charm. (Informational picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805093193
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Bhagavan "Doc" Antle is the founder and director of T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species), based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the Rare Species Fund. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost animal experts and conservationists in the world.

Thea Feldman has written and edited many popular children's books. She lives in New York City.

Barry Bland's work has been published in hundreds of national newspapers and magazines around the world.

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