Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper

Written by Candace Fleming and Illustrated by Julie Downing. 

In this delightful picture book biography about Helen Martini, Candace Fleming and illustrator Julie Downing show how Helen’s dream of becoming a mother came true in the most unexpected way. One day, Helen’s husband returned home from work at the Bronx Zoo with a tiny lion cub who had not bonded with his mother snuggled in his arms. Helen instantly embraced the cub and cared for him until it was time for him to be transferred to another zoo. Helen’s love for animals led her to eventually establish the first zoo nursery and later become the Bronx Zoo’s first woman zookeeper.