TIGER ON A TREE by Anushka Ravishankar

TIGER ON A TREE

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Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

A nonsense import from India tells the story of an endearingly timid tiger. Minimalist verse follows the little fellow as he intrepidly crosses a stream and then encounters a terrifying goat: “Baaaaaaaa,” says the goat, and “Yaaaaaaaah!” shrieks the tiger, who flees up a tree. A group of dhoti-clad men trap the tiger, debate what to do with him—“Send him to the zoo? Stick him up with glue? Paint him an electric blue?”—and, of course, eventually set him free. Thick, creamy stock supports the equally minimalist two-color illustrations (black and orange, natch), which depict a blobby little tiger with wide, distressed eyes and men of a variety of ages and body types (pot-bellies are prominent). The typography swoops and darts across the page, lending extra energy to the illustrations. The tale ends as it begins, with the “Tiger, tiger on the shore,” happily returning home. Ravishankar is well-known in India for her Indian English nonsense verse and Biswas is one of the country’s premier children’s book illustrators; cheers to the publisher for bringing them to these shores. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 5th, 2004
ISBN: 0-374-37555-0
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2004




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