- Reading level: 3+ years
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Tara Books; 1 edition (1 June 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9383145064
- ISBN-13: 978-9383145065
- Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 0.5 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tiger on a Tree - PB Paperback – 1 Jun 2014
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Anushka Ravishankar: Dubbed 'India's Dr. Seuss', Anushka Ravishankar is one of India's most celebrated children's authors, and her witty and jubilant tales are internationally acclaimed and widely translated. Anushka has now authored over twenty books and travelled widely performing from her stories. Pulak Biswas: One of India's best-known children's illustrators, Pulak was the first Indian to receive the BIB Plaque from the Biennale of Illustrations at Bratislava, and is well-known for his joyful and innovative art. Pulak passed away in 2013, but continues to be remembered through his incredible creative output.
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In this tale, an almost perpetually amused large cat is on a kind of journey. It goes down to a shore, crosses a river, scares an animal, and climbs a tall tree. One of the local fisherman sees the tiger perched and shouts the alarm. Soon all the men in the village have gathered to discuss the treed feline. They set up a net around the perimeter of the tree and the tiger (no longer looking amused at its own adventures) is scared out of the branches by a cacophony of loud instruments, and straight into the trap. Catching a tiger is one thing. Figuring out what to do with him next is another entirely. The men come up with some interesting ideas (one of the most interesting being to, "Paint him an electric blue"). Finally, however, they figure the best thing is to let him go. The final picture shows the now once again elated kitty bounding on the opposite shore, away from the river's banks.
The other day, I had someone ask (I'm a children's librarian) if I could recommend some rhyming picture books that were similar to the kinds of simple words used by Dr. Seuss. Now, no one beats the Seuss. He sort of invented the whole idea of simple words making fun books. And while I was able to find plenty of simple books, few rhymed all the way through. Should I ever receive this request again, I'm going to pluck "Tiger On a Tree" from my shelves immediately. The words in this book never get much longer than "rubbish" and are perfect for children just beginning to read. Words are presented in a black easy-to-distinguish font, large on each page (making them ideal for children with sight impediments as well). The illustrations are an entirely different matter altogether. Unfortunately, the publication page doesn't say how illustrator Pulak Biswas created the book's images. In some ways, they resemble woodcuts. In other ways, they look like broad black brushstrokes. The only color in the book is an occasional shock of orange. Whether the orange of the net to catch the tiger, the orange of the tiger's stripes, or the orange of the sun above, Biswas's palette is used sparingly and well.
If I had my way, library's bookshelves would be filled with picture books from as many countries as possible. For now, however, we will have to be content to read the occasional gem like "Tiger On a Tree" on our own and hope for more in the future.
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