Ann Nagda & Cindy Bickel
T.J is a Siberian tiger cub born at the Denver Zoo. When
he is ten-weeks old, his mother dies and he is taken to the zoo hospital
to be hand-raised. At first he won't eat. The zoo staff tries to tempt
him with treats, but he refuses them all. The staff doesn't give up and
persistence pays off. T.J. grows up to be a huge, healthy tiger. The
delightful pictures of T.J. and the heartwarming story of his life will
charm young readers as they learn the basics of graphing.
Cindy Bickel has
worked at the Denver Zoo for over thirty years. During her career,
she has hand raised hundreds of babies for the zoo, using math every day
in her job as a veterinary assistant.
Henry Holt & Co,
"A true story of a
baby tiger's brush with death from starvation is an opportunity for
learning about graphs. . . Different kinds of graphs track a variety of
data. A bar graph measures how much meat T.J. ate every day. A line
graph shows T.J.'s weight loss. A picture graph compares tigers in the
wild, and a circle graph show the information in another form.
Interesting photographs taken at the Denver Zoo detail every aspect of
the story. . . A delightful way to learn math."
"As many children
see it, baby tigers are cute, and math graphing is not. The authors, a
mathematician and a zoo veterinary assistant, combine their subjects to
change those perceptions. . .On the right-hand pages, we read and see
how the zoo workers brought him back to healthy eating; on the left-hand
pages, we see a variety of graphs of his progress, with an explanation
of how to construct and read the graphs. It's exciting reading on both
--The Chicago Tribune
"Nagda has paved an
inviting path to the skill of graph interpretation, and T.J.'s story
will beckon even the math-reluctant to follow."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Tiger Math was the
highlight of one of my non-fiction workshops. Teachers were incredibly
excited about the way it integrates math process with interesting
content. It can be used as the basis for a lesson without any
supplement. This book will be a regular on all my math and new book
lists and workshop presentations."
--Susannah Richards, Educational Consultant
Awards and Honors
Science Trade Book for Children
An IRA Teacher's
A Colorado Book Award
A Great Lakes Great
Books Honor Book
A Junior Library