TIGER BABY by Susi Bohdal


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Age Range: 4 - 6
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A young tiger catches a glimpse of the wider world in this bland import. Fired up by his mother’s tales of distant white mountains, Tiger Baby ignores her orders to stay under cover and bounds off with a friendly kingfisher. After being chased by a leopard, tumbling into a lake, and making additional friends, Tiger Baby spies the mountains at last from a hilltop—and also sees his mother, not far off. The telling is stiff and flat, but interestingly, in an atypical departure, mother tiger doesn’t scold or say “I told you so” when Tiger Baby reports his adventure. Depicting the woodland setting in pale greens and grays, Bohdal gives Tiger Baby big, cute paws and a range of mild human expressions, so that even with the leopard, the tale stays low-key, never developing much suspense or sense of danger. Some younger readers may be comfortable with this; for those who prefer more than a dash of excitement in their leaving-the-nest tales, share Libba Moore Gray’s Small Green Snake (1994), or Frank and Devin Asch’s Baby Duck’s New Friend (p. 326). (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-7358-1432-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2001