Cover image for Tigers
Thomson, Sarah L.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2004]

Physical Description:
30 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Discusses the physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, life cycle, and endangered status of tigers.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 80872.

Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers

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Why do tigers have stripes? Where do they live? How do they hunt? Why are they in danger? This outstanding nonfiction book for young readers explores the fascinating world of tigers.Filled with stunning photographs from the Wildlife Conservation Society, this is the first title in an I Can Read Book series about the most exciting, beautiful, and endangered animals on the earth -- and what people can do to help them in their fight for survival.

Author Notes

Sarah L. Thomson attended college in Oberlin, Ohio. After graduation, she moved to New York and worked in publishing. She eventually became a senior editor at HarperCollins Children's Books. She became a full-time author shortly after her first book, The Dragon's Son, was published. Her works include Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag; all the Wildlife Conservation Society I Can Read Books, including Amazing Tigers!, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award; and What Lincoln Said.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-2. From the An I Can Read series, this clearly written resource introduces tigers in the wild. In addition to discussing matters such as camouflage, hunting, territories, and the raising of tiger cubs, Thomson explains why tigers are endangered and what can be done to save the species. The text is written in a simple, direct manner. One or two color photos appear on each double-page spread, but the large-print text is printed on white backgrounds, making the words more distinct for beginning readers. On the last page, several paragraphs in smaller print introduce the tiger project of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which provided the illustrations for this book. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Riveting full-color photos, simple vocabulary, and large print make this an appealing choice for beginning readers. Featuring images from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the book is not divided into sections, but does supply details about the tiger's striped patterns, hunting habits, weight, cubs, and territorial behavior. There is an emphasis on species endangerment and preservation. Although the facts are clearly presented, the tone is sometimes too simplistic, such as "All cats are hunters, just like tigers. House cats are pets." When describing the tiger's size, it is misleading to say that its weight of 550 pounds is "-more than two baby elephants," when elephants can weigh between 250 and 320 pounds at birth. Tigers are said to live in "-forests or jungles or swamps," or the snows of Russia, or "-parts of India," but there is no mention of other countries, and there is no map. Don Middleton's Tigers (PowerKids, 1999) gives slightly more information, has easy vocabulary, and is better written.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.