The Tapir Scientist

The Tapir Scientist

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If you’ve never seen a lowland tapir, you’re not alone. Most of the people who live near tapir habitat in Brazil’s vast Pantanal (“the Everglades on steroids”) haven’t seen the elusive snorkel-snouted mammal, either. In this arresting nonfiction picture book, Sibert winners Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop join a tapir-finding expedition led by the Brazilian field scientist Pati Medici. Aspiring scientists will love the immediate, often humorous “you are there” descriptions of fieldwork, and gadget lovers will revel in the high-tech science at play, from microchips to the camera traps that capture the “soap opera” of tapir life.
The Tapir Scientist introduces young readers to one of the weirdest and most fascinating animals on the planet and recounts the extraordinary work of the dedicated scientists trying to save them.

Baker & Taylor
Introduces young readers to one of the strangest and most fascinating animals on the planet and recounts the extraordinary work of the dedicated scientists trying to save them. By the Sibert Medal-winning authors of Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot. 20,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Follows the extensive efforts of Pati Medici and her scientific team to study Brazil's mysterious lowland tapir and protect it from extinction.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547815480
Branch Call Number: J 599.66 MON
Characteristics: 80 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 24 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Bishop, Nic 1955-- Illustrator


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Jun 09, 2015

Lots of info on the mysterious lives of the tapir.

Jan 09, 2014

wonderful addition to the Scientists in the Field series; beautiful photographs and well-organized; kids will enjoy reading about the tapir along with learning about the different members on the team whose efforts to save this mammal from extinction.

ChristchurchLib Sep 24, 2013

"What is a tapir? According to author Sy Montgomery, it's a gentle, nocturnal mammal that "looks like a cross between a hippo, an elephant, and something prehistoric." In this dynamic, well-researched book, Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop journey to Brazil, where they join a group of biologists studying the elusive tapir. Readers get an up-close look at science in the wild (bug bites, tapir poop and all), as well as a vivid portrait of the scientists dedicated to understanding and conserving this unusual species." Kids' Books September 2013 newsletter


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