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Who Is the Beast? Paperback – October 31, 1994

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From Publishers Weekly

Traces of the beast are detected by the other forest animals as a magnificent young tiger makes his way through the jungle. The swipe of a majestic striped tail, the flash of hypnotic green eyes and the gleam of pristine white from the underside of massive paws flicker in the undergrowth. As the patterns and colors of the densely foliated habitat become familiar, so the parallels between creatures become obvious. One whiskered face studies another as the tiger stares past his own reflection to a whiskered fish beneath the surface. One pair of green eyes beholds a mirror image when the tiger comes upon a snake. As each creature's unique structure is made evident, a lesson about the tremendous value of the animals and plants that inhabit our world speaks softly through Baker's ( The Magic Fan ) rhythmic text. The luxuriant artwork blends the use of dark, saturant color and dry over dry painting to create stunning spreads. Graced with a compelling beauty, this gifted author/illustrator's imaginative story presents a timeless message to young readers. Ages 3-7.
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PreSchool-Grade 1-- As a tiger makes his way through the jungle, other animals flee at the sight of the "beast." When he peers into a river, he sees no creature but himself. Could he be the beast? He retraces his steps and points out the similar features he shares with the other animals he has encountered: the catfish's whiskers, the snake's green eyes, etc. The story ends with happy recognition of the many ways in which the animals are alike. Baker's deceptively simple story told in rhyme is matched with rich, brilliantly colored paintings. Heavy black outlines, dark backgrounds and patterns fill the pages reflecting the denseness of the jungle setting, and the well-designed spreads flow gracefully across the page. Children will enjoy the comparisons of the story as well as the beguiling illustrations. --Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 31, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152001220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152001223
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

KEITH BAKER is the author-illustrator of many beloved picture books, including Little Green, Hide and Snake, and Quack and Count. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a true picture book-as the pictures tell the story beyond the words. The illustrations go the distance for story time reading, as well as working for up close inspection (be sure to look for that unconcerned snail on every page!). I just never tire of this book and its illustrations, and I have been a fan of it for six years. The illustration of carp, tiger, and jungle folliage provide visual saturation satisfaction. The simple repetitious rhymes are fun to say, they roll off the lips in a way not always found in rhyming text, with wonderful repeating sounds. The story message is sweet, loud and clear, yet subtle at the same time. Thank you for this gem, Mr. Baker!
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I have no children of my own but have been a nanny for 6 years. Of all the stories I've read . . . this is by far the best! I give it to every person I know with children! Thank you for such a wonderful story, such beautiful artwork and such wonderful sounds!
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A gentle reminder that we are not all so different after all.
My two young boys love this book - just as they love The Magic Fan by the same author. It's one of their favorite bedtime stories.
The illustrations feature some of the most beautiful colors and overall design. My kids really like the way the artwork goes all the way to the edge of the page.
We'll probably buy everything else by this author.
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By A Customer on December 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dear Mr. Baker,
We read your book "Who Is theBeast?". We liked your book a lot. You wrote that the tiger hasyellow and black stripes, but we don't agree. You drew him with orange and black stripes in your book. Why is that? Keep writing we like your books.
- Mackenzie & Caren
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Format: Paperback
The beast! The beast! I read the book.
Do the same, take a look.

I read the book for kids, grades K-3.
"Read it again," they beg and plea.

The pictures are beautiful, bold and bright.
It adds to the story, charm and delight.

The beast! The beast! I read the book.
Do the same, take a look.
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A Kid's Review on July 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a parent of ten children (now grown) and a first grade teacher of 7 years now, I love this book-as do my students. It is colorful,encourages imaginative thinking and easy to follow. I use it for our animal unit as well as discussing story elements.
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By A Customer on August 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A tiger wonders why everything avoids him, and compares his body
to other creatures. We love this book for the extraordinary artwork, full of detail.
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The illustrations are beautiful and the content held my 18mo. old the entire time. The true test of a good book is that we sat with it and read it a few more times and the next day, it is his go to book, we love it, and it never gets boring.
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