Grades K - 2
Grade level Equivalent: 3.6
Lexile Measure®: 610L
Guided Reading: M
- General Nonfiction
- Jobs, Careers, Work
- Women's History and Experience
- Wild Animals
- Zoo Animals
About This BookYou are a Bengal tiger cub, one of three — Dacca, Rajpur, Raniganj — abandoned by your mother.
You are so cold and thin that someone with kind hands puts you on a heating pad and sits by you for hours, moistening your mouth with milk.
When you give a weak cry and look up, there is a human face almost crying too.
Your new mother is Helen Delaney Martini, who has already raised a lion cub in her New York apartment. Tigers in the bathtub will be no problem for her and her husband, Fred.
This remarkable book — strikingly striped as tigers are, sympathetically spoken as any child could wish — tells the story of Helen Martini, founder of the Bronx Zoo's animal nursery in 1944 and its first woman zookeeper.