POLLY'S TIGER by Joan Phipson


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Lonely Polly, whose father's engineering job involves the family in frequent moves throughout Australia, is delighted when a dam project sends them to an outback location to stay for several years, but disappointed when the other children at school aren't friendly right away. It is then that she makes a constant imaginary companion of a tiger she had seen at the city zoo, and it is the tiger's presence later that makes her brave enough to march down a path past a watchdog feared by even the toughest boys, and then speak up politely but without timidity to the dog's two old lady owners, of whom the children are equally terrified. And next day at lunch time when the others crowd around Polly, the tiger quietly withdraws, leaving her forever a week later. It's short and sympathetic enough to have on hand for other children temporarily in need of a tiger, but never as subtle or affecting as Blegvad's delicate black and white drawings.

Pub Date: March 4th, 1974
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Dutton