Cubs in the tub : the true story of the Bronx Zoo's first woman zookeeper / Candace Fleming ; illustrated by Julie Downing.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Readers are told the story of Helen Martini's care for lion and tiger cubs, and her emergence as the Bronx Zoo's first woman zookeeper"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      "Neal Porter Books."
      Includes bibliographical references (page 47).
      Ages 4-8 Holiday House.
      Grades 2-3 Holiday House.
    • ISBN:
      9780823443185
      0823443183
    • Accession Number:
      2019032421
    • Accession Number:
      on1112128506
      1112128506
    • Accession Number:
      fay.716286
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      FLEMING, C.; DOWNING, J. Cubs in the tub : the true story of the Bronx Zoo’s first woman zookeeper. First edition. [s. l.]: Holiday House, 2020. ISBN 9780823443185. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.716286. Acesso em: 24 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Fleming C, Downing J. Cubs in the Tub : The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper. First edition. Holiday House; 2020. Accessed November 24, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.716286
    • APA:
      Fleming, C., & Downing, J. (2020). Cubs in the tub : the true story of the Bronx Zoo’s first woman zookeeper (First edition.). Holiday House.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Fleming, Candace, and Julie Downing. 2020. Cubs in the Tub : The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper. First edition. Holiday House. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.716286.
    • Harvard:
      Fleming, C. and Downing, J. (2020) Cubs in the tub : the true story of the Bronx Zoo’s first woman zookeeper. First edition. Holiday House. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.716286 (Accessed: 24 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Fleming, C & Downing, J 2020, Cubs in the tub : the true story of the Bronx Zoo’s first woman zookeeper, First edition., Holiday House, viewed 24 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Fleming, Candace, and Julie Downing. Cubs in the Tub : The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper. First edition., Holiday House, 2020. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.716286.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Fleming, Candace, and Julie Downing. Cubs in the Tub : The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper. First edition. Holiday House, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.716286.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Fleming C, Downing J. Cubs in the tub : the true story of the Bronx Zoo’s first woman zookeeper [Internet]. First edition. Holiday House; 2020 [cited 2020 Nov 24]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.716286

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2020 July #1

*Starred Review* While her husband, Fred, spent his days working at the Bronx Zoo in the 1940s, Helen Martini longed for a baby. When Fred comes home with a baby one day—a neglected lion cub—it's not the kind Helen anticipated, but she immediately takes the cub in her arms, names him MacArthur, and gives him round-the-clock care. And like many proud mamas, Helen documents his "firsts" and overlooks the chewed-up shoes and ripped couch for lap snuggles. All seems well in the storylike narrative and endearing, patterned illustrations that reflect both the colors and culture of the time period and the range of emotions felt by Helen, especially when MacArthur is taken away to another zoo. After nurturing more babies at home, this time tiger cubs, and another difficult goodbye, Helen begins to tend to their needs directly at the zoo. She takes mothering other baby animals into her own hands, secretly creating a nursery in an abandoned building. When zoo officials discover her enterprise, they surprisingly approve, and Helen becomes the first female zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo. A concluding note provides more information about this groundbreaking figure and explains how, like Helen, women of this era sometimes had to find quiet ways to break societal and gender norms. A charming reflection of courage and change.Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020 Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2020 #5

"Helen and Fred Martini longed for a baby," begins this engaging picture-book biography. Fred spends his days working at the Bronx Zoo, while his wife Helen stays at home in their city apartment, dreaming and planning for a child, until the day Fred brings home a lion cub who needs a surrogate mother. Helen accepts the role with pleasure. Warm, retro cartoon art captures all the adorable and humorous antics of baby animals as Helen undertakes fostering first the lion cub and then, later, four tiger cubs. The art makes it easy to forget the wild nature of these giant cats who like to snuggle and sit in laps, and the interplay between the pictures and the lively text creates a heartwarming and upbeat atmosphere. When the time comes for the tiger cubs to return to the Bronx Zoo, Helen quietly but tenaciously follows and stays with them, ultimately making a space for herself at the zoo and becoming the first woman zookeeper there. This tribute captures all of the delight and empowerment of Helen's story while only hinting at some of the possible challenges. An author's note places the events in the early 1940s and delves a little deeper into Helen Martini's story, touching on historical issues in zookeeping as well as women's roles in the workforce. A selected bibliography is included for readers looking for additional context. Julie Roach September/October 2020 p.116 Copyright 2020 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 May #3

There's a fairy tale quality to Fleming's story of Helen Martini, a woman whose longing for a baby was filled by raising a series of orphaned big cat cubs, which unexpectedly led to her becoming the first female zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo. And like many fairy tales, the just-so telling and happily- ever-after ending skim over deeper troubles and complications, specifically the way Martini relates to the animals in her care. Martini's husband was a keeper at the Bronx Zoo. When a lioness rejected her cub, he brought it home for Martini to raise before it was sent to another zoo. After she cares for a trio of tiger cubs, Helen follows them back to the Bronx Zoo, transforming a store room into the zoo's first "nursery": "Her babies needed her." Martini's "mother and child" relationship with these wild animals is both charming and unsettling; an artifact of an earlier era in wildlife stewardship that complicates conservation efforts to this day. Downing's sensitive illustrations shine in a rich, muted palette, using sweeping lines and patterned details to conjure cozy, 1940s-era domestic scenes where lions snooze on laps and tigers frolic in bubble baths. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)

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