AMAZING MALLIKA by Jami Parkison


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Age Range: 5 - 7
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 This didactic, stilted story of a tiger in India who frequently becomes angry and upset is designed to assist young children in learning to identify, accept, and express their emotions. When Mallika tussles with her brother, causing them to let go of a peacock, their mother, Babur, says, ``True, your brother didn't play fair, but nobody wins when you lose your temper.'' While the lessons may be therapeutic, the fiction is weak (a concluding note to parents and educators advises them to ask children certain questions to help them get the point). The illustrations are more successful--greens and golds dominate the appealing watercolors that capture the rich and exotic locale of India's Ranthambhore National Park, in a realistic style, although the tiger cubs occasionally fall prey to anthropomorphic glares, sulks, and smiles. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 1-55942-087-1
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1996