"Do something nobody else does!" are the dying words of Little Tiger's grandmamma. Little Tiger is a particularly reflective feline in Hogrogian's (Always Room for One More; One Fine Day) most striking picture, his orange eyes peer out with poignant intensity from a scrim of emerald leaves. But at first, Little Tiger can only interpret her advice in terms of playful behavior: "If the other tigers ran forward, Little Tiger was sure to run backward. When the tigers raced to the watering hole, Little Tiger hopped all the way." As Little Tiger matures into a more imposing figure and travels the world, his understanding and sense of self deepens. "One day when Tiger's heart was full, he began to dance." Thus he discovers his calling: to be a teacher of dance to other animals, "one who helped others to find joy in being themselves." The soft-spoken earnestness of the text (the book is dedicated to the mystic G.I. Gurdjieff) may make this title more suitable to adults, and the renderings of the protagonist vary in their success at times, there's an awkward bulkiness to his physique. Still, the strength in Tiger's eyes is unmistakable, and Hogrogian's watercolors demonstrate a lovely quietude and restraint reminiscent of traditional Asian painting. Contemplatively inclined children may well appreciate Tiger's mission. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
PreS-Gr 2-Little Tiger, born in the shadows of Mount Ararat, hears his grandmother's last words, "In this life, never do as others do!" He carefully contemplates those words and then proceeds to play differently from the other tigers. Growing up, he travels great distances pondering the meaning of life until the time comes when he dances himself into "a state of ecstasy," because he has come to the realization that his differences define him. Animals flock to him in order to learn his ways and thus he becomes "a great teacher of dancing." There are no source notes or author's explanations for this tale. The text does not proceed in any logical or thoughtful manner that would account for Tiger's transformation into Terpsichore. The gentle illustrations on white pages do little to enhance this misguided effort.-Susan Pine, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.