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The Chiru of High Tibet

The Chiru of High Tibet

Fall 2010 Non-Fiction
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrator: Linda Wingerter
ISBN: 9780618581306
Hardcover Price: $17.99

Poetic text tells the true story of four men on a dramatic quest to save the chiru, a rare species of antelope-like wild goat killed for its luxurious hair. The chiru live in a remote part of the world, the Chang Tang plains of northern Tibet, and are adapted for warmth and survival in an extremely harsh climate. Their special coat, made of hairs one-seventh the diameter of human hair, make them desirable to the poachers who have cut their numbers down from 1,000,000 to less than 100,000 in the Chang Tang. Jacqueline Briggs Martin reveals the struggle four brave men face as they attempt to track the chiru to their calving grounds in hopes of staving off poachers and having the Chang Tang declared a protected area. In the end their mission succeeds, and the Chinese government creates the Chang Tang Reserve. Linda Wingerter's beautiful acrylic illustrations of the landscape and the creatures bring the story to life, as does the afterword, which features real photos from the expedition. It is a fascinating tale for animal lovers.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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