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Chiru of High Tibet
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrated by Linda S. Wingerter
Houghton Mifflin, 2010 ISBN: 9780618581306

From the publisher: The true gripping story of how scientist George Schaller and four mountain men set out to save the chiru (Tibetan Antelope who cannot survive captivity and who live on the high plains of Tibet) from near extinction.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin talks about The Chiru of High Tibet - Book Trailer

Black eyed SusanKirkus Book Reviews - Best of Children's 2010 Nonfiction
Nominated - Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award — (Picture Book Category) 2012-2013

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Jackie's Blog about this book: Chiru Blog

Read more about nature and the out-of-doors: a bibliography of books about nature. Learn about the environment, bogs and butterflies, gardening and bird watching, the wilderness and the tall grass prairie. And more books by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and by Claudia McGehee.


    SpotlightSelected as a Junior Literary Guild selection for January 2011 - Level NE (grades 2-6)

    Angela Leeper's review of  The Chiru of High Tibet, "The Search for the Secret Birthing Ground of the Chiru." She says, "It’s rare for a children’s book to both shock and inspire, but Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott Medal winner Snowflake Bentley, achieves both in her latest undertaking, The Chiru of High Tibet."  Read the complete review on The BookPage at www.bookpage.com

    The National Science Teachers Association--Children's Book Council's Outstanding Science Committee has named the book to the "Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12" List for 2011.

    Read Annika's "Kid Review" for Non-fiction Monday on Pat Zietlow Miller's Read, Write, Repeat Book Blog.

    Comments by Wini Ashooh, "LibraryPoint: Central Rappahannock Regional Library" -- "This book is another example of why I love reading children's books."  Read her entire comments/review at Library Point.

    From the Daily News Online: Entertainment -- "This graceful picture book lets children experience the
    secret world of a rare wild species hidden away deep in the remotest reaches of Tibet.
    Wide, sweeping landscapes and the simplest story telling convey the patience and
    the scientists and explorers who sought the secrets of the chiru
    ."  -- Mary Taft, Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA

    starStarred review in Kirkus: "In free verse as beautiful as the landscape she describes, Martin tells the ecological plight of the chiru, the tiny antelope-like creatures of the northern plains of Tibet...Wingerter's lush watercolor landscapes, infused with the pinks and blues of the Tibetan sky and occasionally embellished by mandala-like frames, allow the reader to slow down and savor this gentle tale."

    Named on Kirkus's Best Books of 2010 List - see complete review from Kirkus "

    From Booklist:  "
    With an urgent conservation message, this picture book about a threatened species is also a true adventure that will hold readers with its action and facts about science. In spare, free verse, Martin describes the chiru, [and] .... The threat to the amazing species. Grades 1-3."

    From School Library Journal:
    This book takes a potentially horrifying topic and turns it into a heroic adventure tale. grades 1-3.

    From ABookandAHug.com: "
    Doing something noble, protecting our natural resources, placing your values and your purpose on something larger than yourself that leaves the material world in the dust and the true wonder of this achievement all glow in this intriguing true adventure story.  Beautiful lilting narrative and gentle inviting illustrations make this a real gem.  40  pages ages 5-11.

    From Children's Literature: This is the dramatic, true, vividly and poetically told story of the incredibly difficult journey to discover the calving place, and then the effort to have the Chinese government protect it. Sidebars add further information. Double-page scenes are like spacious dioramas, with acrylic paints creating impressive mountain ranges and vast flatlands; each bathed in blues or violets, or amid snow-streaked yellow calving grounds. A decorative frontispiece in Tibetan style, a mystical concluding illustration, and decorative borders all suggest Tibetan art.

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