The Chiru of High Tibet: A True Story

The Chiru of High Tibet: A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Linda Wingerter

Reading level: Picture Book (Ages 4-8)

Summary:  Overview of the life of the unique antelope-like chiru (found only in Tibet) and of the arduous trek by four men to try to discover more about the mysterious animals before it is too late to save them.

Video summary in the author’s own words:

Illustrations: Acrylic paintings plus a few photographs in the back

Comments:  The text is written in free verse and beautifully captures the struggles of both the chiru and the men. The illustrations are bright and imaginative. A lovely story that is both sad and hopeful at the same time.

Related activities:

Compatible fiction:

Tibet Through the Red Box by Peter Sís

Compatible Middle Grade Nonfiction:
A Life in the Wild: George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts by Pamela S. Turner

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia by Sy Montgomery  and photographs by Nic Bishop

Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (September 27, 2010)

ISBN-10: 9780618581306
ISBN-13: 978-0618581306

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