A Tiger Called Thomas

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When shy Thomas moves into a new house on a new street, he takes it into his head that the new people might not like him. But when Halloween rolls around and Thomas sets out in a tiger-rific costume, he realizes the real trick to enjoying the treat of new friends is to just be himself. This tender story from veteran children's author Charlotte Zolotow explores the trials of being the new kid on the block, and the triumphs of showing your true stripes and finding a place among ...
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Overview

When shy Thomas moves into a new house on a new street, he takes it into his head that the new people might not like him. But when Halloween rolls around and Thomas sets out in a tiger-rific costume, he realizes the real trick to enjoying the treat of new friends is to just be himself. This tender story from veteran children's author Charlotte Zolotow explores the trials of being the new kid on the block, and the triumphs of showing your true stripes and finding a place among friends.

Thomas realizes being the new kid on the block isn't too lonely after a special night of trick-or-treating.

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PreS-Gr 2-A newly illustrated version of a story originally published in 1963, illustrated by Kurt Werth, and reillustrated in 1988 by Catherine Stock (both Lothrop; o.p.). Thomas is shy about making friends when he moves to a new neighborhood and for a long time refuses to leave his front stoop. But come Halloween, he dons a tiger costume and, hiding behind his long-whiskered mask, summons up the courage to go trick-or-treating. When he discovers that all of the neighbors know who he is despite his disguise and welcome him, he gains confidence. The illustrations, done in a mixture of watercolors, acrylics, black ink, and collage, perfectly capture the African-American child's loneliness and doubt, and finally his new self-assurance. An appealing edition of this warm and affectionate tale.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 3 Shy Thomas thinks that no one in his new neighborhood will like him, so he just sits on his new porch and watches, instead of trying to make friendsuntil Halloween night. Dressed in his tiger outfit, Thomas makes his first foray into the new neighborhood, convinced that no one will recognize him, and returnssurprisedwith a whole passel of new friends. Granted, Zolotow's classic Halloween picture book may have been due for a facelift. Kurt Werth's illustrations for the 1963 editionpen-and-ink drawings washed in orange, gray, and greenseem a bit drab by today's standards. Certainly they appear dated, with mothers in dresses, high heels, and aprons; an old woman in black stockings, high collar, and brooch. Stock's watercolors for the new edition have a more contemporary look and are prettier, by far, with their soft lines, muted tones, and broader palette. Yet they seem quite lifeless next to Werth's flowing lines and vigorous compositions. There is enough movement, energy, and expression in Werth's interpretation to mask a rather cloying text, something that Stock's very static illustrations altogether fail to do. High heels and aprons notwithstanding, Werth's version is unlikely to be supplanted by Stock's, as long as it remains on library shelves. When the last copy is gone, accept no substitutes. Marcia Hupp, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn.
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Now reissued with its third set of illustrations, this 1963 text of Zolotow's remains timeless-not least because the people in it, uncharacteristically, are named rather than generic. Though his mother urges him to meet the passersby in his new neighborhood, young Thomas stays glued to his porch, sure that they won't like him. But the ice is broken when he goes trick-or-treating in a tiger suit; not only does everyone turn out to be friendly, they even know his name. In a wonderful change of pace, Bluthenthal depicts Thomas as a fetchingly round-headed child with dark skin and places him in a suburban setting. These are the best illustrations yet, not only because of Thomas's ethnicity, but because they are as direct, winsome, and clear as the story. A heartening episode to share with any shy newcomer. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688066970
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1988
  • Edition description: 38888 Harper
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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