Margaret Wild The Dream of the Thylacine

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The Dream of the Thylacine

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Arresting and beautiful, this picture book is a shimmering encounter with the Tasmanian tiger, a lament for a lost species, and a compelling evocation of the place of animals in nature

Celebrating the Australian landscape, this book interposes arresting text, images of the last known thylacine in a concrete cage, and sweeping color paintings of the animal in its natural environment. Two picture book masters use sparse text and powerful images to confront environmental issues, in a unique, heartbreaking way. Intense, poetic, and beautiful, it will haunt readers.

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Margaret Wild has published more than 30 picture books, including Kiss Kiss!, Our Granny, and Piglet and Mama. Ron Brooks is a picture book artist with a career spanning more than 35 years. His memoir is Drawn from the Heart and his illustrated books include the Henry books by Margaret Perversi, Motor Bill and the Lovely Caroline by Jenny Wagner, and Honey and Bear by Ursula Dubosarsky. Wild and Brooks previously collaborated on Fox and Old Pig.

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Gr 2-5-Wild and Brooks combine lyrical language with contrasting illustration styles to focus on an animal not often discussed: the Thylacine (also known as the Tasmanian Tiger). Wild's minimalist poetry packs a punch (although some of the lines are a bit Yoda-like in their structure-"Trapped am I,/in a cage of twisty wire"), and the suffering of a beast in captivity shines through. The art is the most powerful element of the book. Softly colorful, painterly, and mostly wordless spreads of the Thylacine free in the wild are juxtaposed against stark, sad, and sepia-toned pages that portray the animal in captivity. (The latter pages were made from photographic stills of a BBC film from 1937 about the last-known living example of the species.) A short note at the end gives more information on the Tasmanian Tiger and explains that it is most likely extinct. A compelling look at how we treat (or ultimately mistreat) precious wild animals.-Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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