I Am Machli, Queen of the Tigers, Level 2

Silver Dolphin. (Animal Planet All-Star Readers). Mar. 2022. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781645179542; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781645179375.
Gr 1-3–Among a collection of human-built ruins, the tiger queen Machli monitors her extensive territory in the Ranthambore reserve in India. As the strongest of her kind, Machli has a sizable reach in her protected habitat, and she prepares her many cubs to be successful hunters and one day lead in her stead. Humans protect the creatures living in Machli’s territory; while Machli must hunt prey to survive, the overall balance of nature is kept in check in this safe space. Tigers are among the world’s endangered creatures, and humans are doing what they can to help preserve and increase the tiger population in the coming years. This level two beginner reader text is an excellent fit for newer readers with an interest in tigers and conservation. At the beginning of the book, parents are given a description of what to expect in each level of the series, with particular emphasis placed on this title. Vivid, full-color photographs depict Machli and other animal companions in their natural habitat and provide visual context for the information provided in the text. The text itself includes challenging vocabulary and extensive information about Machli specifically and tigers in general. Vibrant color boxes help the words stand out from the pictures, and a glossary defines terms that appear in bold.
VERDICT An enjoyable and eye-catching contribution to nonfiction library collections for emerging readers.

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