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The Dream of the Thylacine

by Margaret Wild
Illustrated by Ron Brooks

Published by U.S. edition: Allen & Unwin, 2013
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴕42373836

Ages 9 and older

揟rapped am I, in cage of twisty wire, cold concrete. Prowl Rage Howl. Know you not that I am tooth and claw梥ee me hunt through bracken and bush, see me swagger across wild lands, see me glory at the edge of a cliff. A powerful book about captivity and extinction blends a spare, stream-of-conscious-like narrative imagining the voice of the last known thylacine, which died in captivity in the late 1930s, with two visual narratives. One is lush, full-page spreads of the thylacine in the wild as it dreams of its former life as part of the natural world. The other is an unsettling series of black-and-white photographic images blending blurred stills of the animal in captivity taken from a BBC documentary in 1937 with wood walls and wire fencing. A brief note provides more information on this carnivorous marsupial, also known as the Tasmanian Tiger, that is now believed to be extinct.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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