by Judy Allen, Tudor Humphries

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Gr 2-4-- Ancient beliefs and wildlife preservation form the conflict in this beautifully crafted story set in rural China. Rumors abound that a tiger has been sighted near a village and that a famous hunter is nearby. Lee, a young boy, struggles with his feelings as villagers discuss killing the animal for its skin and for meat they believe will make them brave. Suspense builds as the creature is tracked and shot, not with a gun, but with a camera. The hunter returns empty-handed and leaves the existence of a tiger open to villagers' speculation, but he winks at Lee, allowing him to share the secret that readers already know. Double-page watercolor landscapes in softly muted tones form the background for realistically illustrated people and animals. A final closeup of the tiger at ease in the wild is especially effective. The eloquent text skillfully maintains excitement and tension while subtly providing information about tiger habitat and behavior. A fact sheet and information regarding efforts to protect this animal complete the book. A sensitive, thought-provoking story that succeeds in capturing the emotions of a child struggling to balance the reality of survival and tradition with the wish to leave an animal unharmed--a theme that is universal. --Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
Julie Corsaro
Readers hooked by the image of a tiger leaping across the dust jacket will be equally impressed by the splendid paintings that appear between the covers. There are two rumors in a Chinese village: there's a tiger in the nearby woods, and there's a great hunter on his trail. When the hunter arrives, everyone wishes him good hunting--except young Lee ("Bad hunting. I hope it gets away"). The suspense builds over several days as the hunter pursues the tiger down to the river's edge. Despite a liberal sprinkling of clues, readers will be surprised by the climactic twist in which the hunter's true identity is revealed. The lovely watercolors of mist-enveloped trees, steep rocks, clouded mountains, and cool streams suggest traditional Chinese landscape painting. A naturalistic effect is achieved through a subtle mixture of wash and dry brush strokes that captures the movements and textures of animal and human forms. The implicit antihunting message is seen in Lee's rejection of the folk wisdom that states that eating the meat of a tiger will make a person strong. However, neither this belief nor the villagers' plan to sell the tiger's skin is openly criticized. Instead, the striking book concludes with factual information about the ways in which governments, organizations, and individuals can save the tiger from extinction.

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Candlewick Press
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1st U.S. ed
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0.10(w) x 0.10(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 Years

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