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by Elizabeth Stanley

illustrated by Elizabeth Stanley


School Library Journal:

Gr 1–4— In this fable that “draws inspiration from real life,” the monks of a Thai temple at the edge of the jungle are saddened when local tigers are killed by poachers. One young monk hears a voice imploring him to take in a pair of abandoned cubs, and the monastery soon becomes a sanctuary for the animals. When the temple becomes overcrowded, the voice returns and tells the monks to dig a moat that turns the grounds into an island refuge. The “Tiger Temple” in Thailand is a real place where these animals are protected and cared for, and an endnote tells the true story of the monks’ efforts to save the endangered animals. The solemn atmosphere and mysterious unidentified voices cloud the facts and turn the story into a fairy tale. While the lush illustrations help readers connect with the animals and their caregivers, the vague mysticism of the storytelling leaves readers feeling powerless despite the final statement that miracles are “within us all.” Overall, the book succeeds in rousing readers’ sympathy but not in channeling it.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children’s Library at Congregation B’nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL –Heidi Estrin (Reviewed July 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 7, p85)


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1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, Ages 9-12, Animals