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New in children’s books: Meet the Tiger

Packed with fun facts and beautiful illustrations, it’s now easier than ever to learn about the biggest cat of them all – the mighty tiger. Illustrator Anna Viktorsson and author Stefan Casta explain why their book explores such an important topic for children (and adults!).

Illustration of a tiger on a pink background.

Positive steps ‘The purpose of the book is to tell all the young readers that this wonderful animal is in great danger, but we are now trying to save it,’ says Meet The Tiger’s author, Stefan Casta. ‘I think this is one of the most intriguing books I’ve written.’

A brighter future ‘The mighty tiger has only one enemy – us,’ Stefan explains. ‘It’s probably one of the best-loved animals in the world, yet at the same time is so badly treated, it’s close to extinction. The number of tigers decreased from around 100,000 to less than 3,000 in 2010. But today the tiger population is rising for the first time in 100 years. All over Asia people are working really hard to protect the animals.’

Protecting the planet ‘I believe that storytelling is the key to learning, both for kids and grown-ups. The kids are our future and we only have one planet; we need to learn how to take care of it,’ says Anna, the illustrator behind the pictures in the new book.

A playful approach ‘This is my first children’s book!’ says Anna. ‘I’ve tried to strengthen Stefan’s important story with playful and strong illustrations,’ she explains. ‘My inspiration for this book was my kids. We read together every night and they love books with fun and quirky illustrations combined with amazing facts. That’s what I aimed to create in Meet The Tiger.’

Inspired by nature Meet the Tiger’s author, Stefan Casta, has been writing about wildlife and nature for the past 30 years and has written more than 60 books about all things wild, from birds and bumblebees to mushrooms and trees. ‘I was very inspired by the possibility of writing about the amazing tiger,’ he says. ‘It’s been a great adventure from day one and I sincerely hope that readers will have the same feeling when they read it.’

Meet the whole collection Meet the Tiger is part of the URSKOG range, designed for children aged eight to 14. The range encourages them to learn about the world’s endangered species. Included in the collection are bedding sets, cushions and rugs.

Meet the Tiger is available in store and online now