A retelling of a traditional Indian tale
Children's LiteratureIn this retelling of a traditional Indian folktale, a group of terrified villagers trap a mischievous tiger in a cage to teach him an important lesson. However, a wise man walks by the cage and decides to free the tiger despite the animal's ferocious qualities. Before long, the wise man realizes the gravity of his mistake and tries to outsmart the tiger by seeking additional opinions from the Banyan Tree, a crocodile and an eagle. Unfortunately, the tree and the two creatures rebuke the actions of human beings and leave the wise man at the mercy of the tiger. Just as the tiger gets ready to eat the man, a clever jackal comes along and tricks the tiger back into the cage. Relieved that the jackal has saved his life, the wise man tries to leave the scene, but he is called back by the jackal who wants a special reward for saving his lifehe wants to be treated to dinner. Young readers will be enthralled by the witty storytelling, as well as the vibrant artwork. Not only will this traditional story entertain readers, but it will also teach them important lessons about respecting all creatures and treating nature with kindness. 2004, Child's Play, Ages 5 to 9.
School Library JournalK-Gr 3-In this long-winded, dialogue-driven Indian trickster tale, the wise man unjustly suffers the blame for all of nature's mistreatment by humanity. A large, dangerous tiger is caught and caged by the villagers. When a wise man approaches, he unwisely allows the animal to escape, only to learn that the ungrateful beast plans to eat him. In a cumulative sequence, the man requests the opinions of several animals and a tree in an attempt to negotiate his release from the tiger's paws. But a banyan tree, a crocodile, and an eagle are all unhappy with how man has behaved toward them and each agrees that the beast should have his way. A clever jackal outsmarts both tiger and man by luring the big cat back to his cage, anticipating a feast of his own. Bright, colorful artwork done in dominant shades of orange, green, and yellow brings out the natural surroundings amid the expressive portrayals of the tiger and traditional wise man. The twist of a good deed unheeded gets lost in the shuffle in this undocumented folktale. Additional material for read-aloud time.-Rita Soltan, Oakland University, Rochester, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsSprightly storytelling and cartoon art featuring a huge, vibrantly colored tiger set this version of a familiar tale apart from other renditions. Having incautiously set a caged tiger free, a turban-clad elder puts off becoming "Lunch-on-Legs" by asking a banyan tree, a crocodile and an eagle whether Tiger's being fair. All three agree that, considering what people have done to them, Tiger is perfectly justified in chowing down forthwith-but just as he's about to dine, along comes a smooth-talking jackal to trick him back into the cage. Peters, billed as "Britain's tallest storyteller," writes with a conversational fluency-"You were hungry. And now you've got your just desserts! Well, toodle-ooh!"-aptly echoed in comically changeable expressions on the faces of Tiger and the other figures. A lively alternative to the more formalized likes of Suzanne Crowder Han's Rabbit's Judgment (1994), illustrated by Yumi Heo. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)
School Librarian JournalThis is from a series of traditional tales with a twist. A wise man is tricked by a tiger and thinks he will be eaten, especially as all the animals which he has asked to help are against him. How will he escape from the tiger’s jaws, and how does the jackal outwit the wily tiger and capture the wise man for his own dinner? Does the wise man manage to escape for a second time? Read on and find out. The text is in large print for small children and the illustrations by Diana Mayo are brilliantly coloured and delightful, often covering a double page. Look at the tiger’s varying expressions, they are fascinating. This is for young readers of KS1 or those who like being read to. A good dramatic story. SLA
Autumn 2004 Cork Evening EchoHow wise is a wise man who lets himself be tricked by a hungry tiger? Faced with becoming breakfast, the wise man calls on animals in the trees to intervene and save him from the tiger’s jaws. But he finds that nature, tormented in so many ways by mankind, has little interest in saving human skin and he is left to his fate by all except a passing Jackal. Rescue by a Jackal may not be the safest option either, so who is the wisest of all creatures? This retelling of a traditional Indian tale is a great ten minute read for under eight-year-olds.
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