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The famous poem "The Tyger" by William Blake.

An illustrated version of Blake's well-known poem, viewing the "tyger, tyger, burning bright, in the forests of the night."

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The famous poem "The Tyger" by William Blake.

An illustrated version of Blake's well-known poem, viewing the "tyger, tyger, burning bright, in the forests of the night."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sophisticated illustrations of the roaming ``tyger'' amid the ``forests of the night'' accompany Blake's famous poem. Shadowy black-and-gray spreads feature window-like insets of the dazzling color compositions for which Waldman ( Light ; America the Beautiful ) is noted, and each of these highlights one particular image--stars shooting across the skies; a woolly blue lamb; red-gold and velvet-black tiger stripes. The effect is a little like a lightning flash illuminating one small patch within a field of murky darkness. A naive stillness renders the creatures and their landscape symbolic, not quite real, vaguely mysterious. A full-color pull-out spread has special impact. Blake's poem is difficult in itself and, unfortunately, these stylized illustrations do little to bring his imagery within children's comprehension. Adults may be intrigued by Waldman's interpretation, but it does not work hand-in-hand with the text. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
For those who admire time-honored poetry, Neil Waldman gives new representation to the power and strength of William Blake's The Tyger. Waldman, with his usual strong sense of color and design, places images of brilliant orange and black striping or an eloquent ethereal blue hand against black and gray backgrounds that dramatize the wonder Blake created in 1794. A classic book whose appearance will please adults.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-Both the darkness of the night and the brightness of the Tyger are addressed in this outstanding picture-book version of Blake's classic poem. Its antiquity is preserved in the calligraphic typeset, which resembles the poet's handwritten text for his illustrated works. Waldman's acrylic artwork, however, is modern, highly painterly, and formal. A full-color mural of the Tyger is revealed at the end, in a fold-out spread that spans four pages. Each double-page spread leading up to it is a section of the larger canvas done in black and shades of gray; a couplet appears on each verso, and is faced by a corresponding element of the painting on the recto, framed and in full color. Readers see the brilliantly colored beast-first in parts, such as paw or tail; then its face; then in totality. The lamb of the verse is also pictured in a full-color frame. The focus on individual portions of the whole gives readers an opportunity to study ``The Tyger'' carefully, and to discuss the artist's interpretation. Even the eye and hand of God are shown, pictured as mystical and disembodied metaphoric manifestations. An excellent choice for anyone studying the poem.-Ruth K. MacDonald, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429115490
  • Publisher: Roger Dean Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 12
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.01 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    A Beautiful Poem

    I love this poem. It's one of my favorites. I return to it year after year to read again. I simply love the words and rhythm of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014


    This is my favorite poem, it flows really well.

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