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Children's LiteratureOne moonlit night a young girl discovers a gentle tiger dancing among the trees. His twinkling eyes dispel her fear and she joyfully joins in his dance. They sashay through the seasons, delighting in the bluebells in summer, kicking leaves in autumn, and waltzing in winter. Month after month, year after year, they frolic. Near the end of the story, a graying great-grandmother decides to share her gift of the moonlit dances with her great-granddaughter. The old lady's face is serene as she sits on a stump and watches the tiger dance with his new partner. Written in lilting verse, the story reads like a lullaby. Full-color, double-page illustrations enhance the mystical experience of imaginative movement with a charming tiger and a winsome child. Soft, pastel tones leave the impression that the reader might just possibly spot this tiger dancing in the shadows the next time the moon is full. A lovely bedtime story. 2005, Viking, Ages 4 to 8.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.