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There's a quiet, gentle tigerIn the woods below the hill, And he dances on his tiptoes, When the world is dreaming, still. Malachy Doyle's poetic text invites us to join a mysterious tiger, who only appears when the moon is full, on his joyous dances through the changing seasons. Luminous paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher capture the movement and energy of the language, and lead us to a magical woodland, suffused with moonlight, where a child and a tiger can play to ...
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Overview

There's a quiet, gentle tigerIn the woods below the hill, And he dances on his tiptoes, When the world is dreaming, still. Malachy Doyle's poetic text invites us to join a mysterious tiger, who only appears when the moon is full, on his joyous dances through the changing seasons. Luminous paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher capture the movement and energy of the language, and lead us to a magical woodland, suffused with moonlight, where a child and a tiger can play to their hearts' content.

Author Bio: Malachy Doyle is the acclaimed author of many books for children. He lives in North Wales. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are the illustrators of many award-winning books for children, including Silver Seeds. Steve and Lou live in Minnesota.

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Children's Literature
One 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.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A little girl discovers a magnificent tiger wandering through the woods one night. In exchange for keeping his existence a secret, he promises to dance with her on every night that the moon is full. The promise is kept, and the two are pictured twirling though the seasons and apparently through the years, as the story concludes with an elderly woman introducing her great-granddaughter to the tiger. The story is told in rhyming couplets that flow smoothly and contain some evocative imagery. They are nicely matched by Johnson and Fancher's luminous oil paintings whose gently smudged outlines emphasize the dreamlike atmosphere. An additional purchase for those collections needing to add "mood" pieces to their poetry sections.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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This kind of alchemy is all too rare, where the spaces between the words hold layers of meaning, and the images expand, expound and explode the text in lovely ways. A little girl looks out her window over a green hill to the woods, where on the night of the full moon a tiger dances. She surprises him and he makes her an offer ("If you will keep me secret, / And never tell a soul / Then you may come and dance with me / On nights the moon is whole.") Dance they do, through bluebells in the spring, leaves in the fall, waltzing "in winter snow." Then the little girl's long dark hair has turned silver, and she brings her golden-haired great-grandchild: "Let me give you Tiger's hand- / The moon is rising high. / I'll sit and watch you dancing both, / Beneath the starbright sky." The oil-on-paper paintings fill the pages with velvety, luminous images, the tiger himself is as winsome and charming a beast as can be imagined, and one close-up of his surprised face will take your breath away. The dancing tiger might be a metaphor for many things, but its sweet power is undeniable. Magical. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670060207
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.88 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

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    Great find!

    Had this book since Christmas '09 and of the 2 or 3 books my son gets to request each night, this one remains the consistent one. Such beautiful prose that I should not have been (but was- he was still only 2 at the time) surprised to hear him reciting it one day to himself, word for word! His grandparents were wowed. Lovely story never bores, perfect length doesn't loose his attention. Like a lullaby. Creates a soft end to busy days, helps calm him off to sleep with promises of pleasant dreams. Wish I could find another like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2008

    This is a great gift.

    This book is a great gift after losing a grandmother. It is so touching. It makes me smile to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

    adorable

    Adorable & sweet. Beautiful, beloved story. I picked up this book for mystery reader time and all the kids loved it.

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