The Chiru of High Tibet by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is a story about the Chiru of the Chang Tang in Tibet. The Chiru is an endangered species, as it is hunted and killed for its special shahtoosh wool, the finest wool in the world.
George B. Schaller is the scientist, who set out to save the Chiru by protecting its secret birthplace, but he could not do it alone. He received valuable help from four experienced mountain climbers, who stopped climbing mountains to trek the Chang Tang in search of the Chiru birthing place.
The Chiru of High Tibet is a true story that is inspiring to both children and adults, and it is a book that will keep readers and audiences captivated from beginning to end. Learning about places far from our own little world through books, is a great way to keep our children open to foreign cultures, and Briggs Martin has successfully invited us along on her journey to the high plains of Tibet.
Author Jacqueline Briggs Martin traveled to the Chang Tang reserve in Tibet to write about the Chiru, and the result is a story that teaches not only about the Chiru and Tibet but also about preservering and working together for a greater cause.
Linda Wingerter’s illustrations provide a perfect way for children to visualize the plains of the Chang Tang in Tibet and the story of the Chiru. The beautiful illustrations present a perfect expression of how mankind seems very small in the middle of the Tibetan mountains.
Author: Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrator: Linda Wingerter
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (September 27, 2010)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Chiru of High Tibet by Jacqueline Briggs Martin for the purpose of writing a book review. Versions of this review may have been posted on other websites and printed publications.