TIGER by Judy Allen

TIGER

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Age Range: 4 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

 A tiger is rumored to be in a South Chinese village, and the people hope to kill it (illegally): the skin is enormously valuable, and they believe the tiger meat will make them brave. Only little Lee hopes it will get away--as he tells the hunter who comes to shoot it. As the hunter stalks the tiger--observing it competing with a vulture for its kill, sharpening its claws high on a tree, stalking its own prey, or plunging into a river- -the reader is kept in suspense: always, the hunter has trouble finding the right angle or keeping the tiger in his sight for a good shot. Alert readers will be aware that the language is ambivalent: this hunter packs a camera, and Lee gets his wish while the villagers conclude that the tiger was ``only a rumor.'' The story is artfully told, but pride of place here goes to the splendid illustrations; in eloquently lovely watercolors, Humphries captures the misty rice paddies and dramatic mountains, the expressive, well-individualized faces, and--best of all--the magnificent tiger, pose after pose, in all his glory. A concluding note details the tiger's endangered status. Fine storytelling; effective plea. (Picture book. 4+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 1-56402-083-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1992




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