Mother to Tigers
You 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - matthewbloome - LibraryThing
This is a great piece of semi-biographical work. It has a memoir-like quality and is very well written. I, like much of the known world, had never heard of Helen Martini before this, but now I've ... Read full review
Review: Mother to TigersUser Review - Heather Willoughby - Goodreads
I thought this was a very touching story. The illustrations were well done, but they were not very engaging for younger children. This book is better for older students to understand because ... Read full review