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The Tiger Who Visited Great Ormond Street Hospital by Martin D Hill and illustrated by Iole Eulalia Rosa is a delightful children’s book. This enjoyable book is 24 pages long and tells the story of a Bengal tiger cub, called Indy, who visits sick children in a London Hospital to cheer them up. This book is based on real events. The author hopes to create awareness about the endangered Bengal tiger by telling this remarkable story. The colourful illustrations are my favourite part of the book. The expressions on the tiger cub’s face are so endearing. The illustrations create a happy mood, which is exactly the effect that Indy’s visits had. The text is easy to read and explains everything in a language that children will easily understand. Each page has a few well-spaced sentences. There are enough words to explain the story, without losing the children’s attention by giving too many details. There is a good balance between telling the story about Indy and educating children about why we need to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. Children who are learning to read will benefit from practicing on this story. Younger children will enjoy having this book read to them. Susan Gibbs, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
A Sun Bear in Trouble by Martin D. Hill is a sensitive introduction for young children to the issues of endangered species and their habitats. The author aims to inform his readers and through understanding to instil the desire to care for and protect the animals and find solutions to the problems. The book is illustrated by Iole Eulalia Rosa but since it's about the work of Lesley Small and the Sumatran Sun Bear Team and their efforts to build a Rescue and Conservation Centre, I would have thought that actual photographs of these amazing creatures and their magnificent habitat would have made a more compelling argument. The story tells of Uca, a young female sun bear, who is taken from her mother by poachers. Rescued by the team, she is cared for at a safe location and we watch her as she gradually adapts to centre life. We are treated to a display of endearing behaviours, as well as mischievous antics, until she is ready to be moved to a larger enclosure with her new 'sister', Mei. The fact sheets at the end of the book are useful, clear and informative but seem a little out of keeping with the rest of the book, which is aimed at a much younger reader. All in all, though, this is an enjoyable book and anything that raises awareness of the predicament of today's wildlife and habitats has to be a good thing.
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