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Heart of a Tiger

Heart of a Tiger

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by Marsha Diane Arnold

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As the Name Day approaches, a young kitten tries to be worthy of  a noble name, by following the path of a Bengal tiger.


As the Name Day approaches, a young kitten tries to be worthy of  a noble name, by following the path of a Bengal tiger.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
The naming of children is a significant ritual in many cultures. Taking its inspiration from the Indian ceremony of the namakarana, this richly illustrated book then explores the naming, and the progress toward self-realization, of a small, ordinary kitten. Small and ordinary, but as we learn, this kitten is full of grit and determination and bent on earning a name that reflects his inner strength. In the process, he braves the dangers of the hunters and earns the trust of the great Bengal tiger himself. The dialogue in places is almost Kipling-esque in quality-"Upon these elephants ride men, and in their hands is death." Children will identify with the spirited little cat with the generous heart.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2At a special ceremony that takes place one year after their birth, animals choose names for themselves. The only stipulation is that all of the creatures must agree that the name is ``fair and honest.'' Number Four, a small gray housecat, seems destined to be called ``Smallest of All''until, a week before Naming Day, he goes into the jungle in search of Tiger, to learn to be like him. Despite the ridicule of the Bengal and others, he proves himself to be both clever and brave. Arnold's picture-book debut is, on the whole, impressive. While some of her descriptive passages are lovely, others occasionally rely too heavily on adjectives and adverbs. But overall, the story's strong suit is child appeal. The glowing watercolors done in jewel-like tones (perfect for the Indian setting and the lush jungle scenes) are particularly appealing. In fact, the colors, mood, and two-dimensional look are all characteristic of Indian art. An author's note states that, while the animals' naming custom is, of course, fabricated, she has based it on similar customs in various cultures around the world. This very satisfying story will lend itself to group sharing.Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

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6 - 9 Years

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Heart of a Tiger 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book supplemented our tiger study perfectly. The pictures are stunning, full of color and detail. The words are precisely chosen to tell the story. It is also accurate, many children's books about tigers have them being best friends with lions who live continents away. The children burst into spontaneous applause after we read the book to them.