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The Chiru of High Tibet

A True Story

Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Linda Wingerter (Illustrator)


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“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 care of the scientists and explorers who sought the secrets of the chiru.”
— Mary Taft, Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA
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The true gripping story of how scientist George Schaller and four mountain men set out to save the chiru (antelope-like creatures who cannot survive captivity and who live on the high plains of Tibet) from near extinction.

Praise For The Chiru of High Tibet: A True Story

"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. Unobtrusive text boxes insert important factual information without detracting from the poetic story. Inspiration for scientists and ecologists everywhere."—Kirkus, starred review

"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."—Booklist

"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....Spare yet elegant."—BookPage

"Youngsters taken more by pilgrimage than by conservation will be drawn by the spiritual tone of the searchers' journeys, while animal lovers will appreciate the extent to which people will go to save the vulnerable."—The Bulletin

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780618581306, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2010

About the Author

Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the author of Snowflake Bentley, winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal, and The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish, an ALA Notable Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, Riverbank Review Finalist, Notable Social Studies Trade book and winner of The Golden Kite Award for Illustration. She grew up on a farm in Maine much like the one in this story. She lives in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

Linda Wingerter, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, grew up in a family of artists in rural Maine. She now lives in West Haven, Connecticut.