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Auntie Tiger Hardcover – December 30, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—In this retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" set in China, two squabbling sisters are left alone while their mother goes shopping. A tiger in disguise pretends to be their Auntie; Big Sister is suspicious of his deep voice and his orange and black hands, but Little Sister lets him in. He offers a treat to the one who will fan him, so Little Sister pushes her sibling out of the room to get it for herself. The tiger eats her, but the older girl is able to trick him and save her sister. The children's rivalry is set aside as they tell their mother of their adventure. Bright, energetic illustrations done in jewel tones bring this story to life. The cunning tiger with his large head, bulging eyes, and small pointy teeth is scarcely contained in three of the spreads. Pair this story with Ed Young's Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (Philomel, 1989), with its dark, menacing images, for an interesting storytime. This retelling will resonate with youngsters.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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About the Author

Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books for young people and a winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. His illustrious list of novels includes the Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate; The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee; and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island, which he cowrote with his niece, Dr. Kathleen S. Yep, and was named a New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing" and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book.

Mr. Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, the writer Joanne Ryder.

As a child, Insu Lee spent summer vacations with his sister in the Korean countryside. His memories of their shenanigans were an inspiration for the illustrations in Auntie Tiger. Insu Lee attended Hongik University in Seoul, Korea, and received his graduate degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he is illustrating his next children's book.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060295511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060295516
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,657,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Laurence Yep has been fascinated with tales of sibling rivalry from the day he was born. His older brother, Tom, chose his name Laurence - after a saint who died a particularly gruesome death. Laurence has been trying to get even ever since. Laurence Yep now lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife and is one of children's literature's most respected authors. His award-winning titles include Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Street on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
we recently checked this out from the library, and I am just on Amazon looking for more titles from the same author. I have to say that we love this book at my house - but we are really used to these themes -
think Little Red Riding Hood (swallows grandma and red riding hood whole and then gets belly cut open to release them, unharmed) - because that is exactly what this book is like, except with 2 sisters who learn a really great lesson, and are the heroines of the story - strong and brave. We are really into the old fairy tales at my house. I don't like the watered down versions of these. It is my experience that kids really feel comforted by these cut and dry tales where good triumphs over evil (the death of the tiger)...but we also know what drowning is, so that wasn't a question I was forced to answer.
This book is probably only for parents and kids who are used to traditional fairy tales. If you are, this is a wonderful book, and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By on May 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The story is really fun and is based on a traditional Korean fairytale and shows two sisters eventually bonding together. The illustrations are super detailed and keep your attention because of all the different vantage points the artist, Insu Lee, uses. Just beautiful. I would like to see more books illustrated by this artist. Although this book is not squeaky clean, any real violence is shown off the page. Think about the traditional Little Red Riding Hood story or Grimm's fairy tales. They are the same as this or worse. A child is likely to see something more violent on a cartoon.
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Great tale. Traditional form and themes of laziness, support, and family. Of Course, there is violence and death, however life is full of challenges. This tale provides lots of opportunities for family conversations. I have three daughters and they tend to fight with each other sometimes--this tale gives an para-narrative. Other reviews that are critical show the diversity of tastes and families, however it is a good tale to read and discuss.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenn Gauthier on February 28, 2012
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I understand that many children's stories and fairy tales are filled with violent acts, but even knowing that, I can't believe this book is marketed for five year olds and up. Between the little girl being eaten, the older girl offering to drown a nest of birds, and the tiger ending up drowned and cut open, my daughter was horrified. It's just too much for one story.

Also, the illustrations of the tiger are downright creepy, and not in a good way. This book made my skin crawl.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on July 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a horrible plot for young children. This tiger ends up eating one of the sisters and then when the other sister runs up a tree, the tiger asks her to drown the baby birds and give them to her for food. The sister then pours water down onto the tiger and into her mouth and drowns the tiger ("Mommy, what does drown mean?" is the question I had to answer, among many others.) She then cuts the belly of the tiger open to reveal her sister alive and dripping with goo. I can't imagine why anyone would think this is appropriate for children.
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