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Tiger, Tiger Hardcover – October 14, 2002
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-When everyone wants to nap in the heat of the day, Pocu has no one to play with until a magic feather ignites his fertile imagination. Piece by piece, he creates a glorious tiger. Through the power of his imagination and/or the feather's magic, he renders an animal that insists on being taken to the village for dinner. Pocu is a clever young boy and he convinces the beast to take a nap first; while he sleeps, the child carefully dismantles him, much to the relief of the monkeys and parrots who have been actively voicing their concern. A wiser Pocu arrives home just in time for a welcome supper. The succinct text more than suffices as Guevara's gouache with chalk-pastel illustrations on mixed-media paper conjure up all the magic needed for a tantalizing flight of fancy. Luscious cool greens wrap around the bright yellow-orange of the tiger and the brilliant rainbow colors of the magic feather, while monkeys, parrots, and peacocks keep careful watch from the background. This is a perfect choice for reading aloud, with repeated swishes from the feather and warnings from the monkeys and parrots giving eager listeners an opportunity to join in on the story. Totally satisfying.
Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
PreS-Gr. 2. Pocu wants to play, but it's so hot in his village that everyone else wants to nap. While wandering into the nearby jungle, Pocu finds a colorful, magic peacock's feather that gives him power to create and change things. With a swish of the feather, he cools the air; with another, he makes the flowers bloom. The third swish makes a mysterious talking shadow that asks Pocu for eyes, then paws, a body, a tail, and finally, black stripes. Eager for a playmate, Pocu happily swishes his magical feather to grant each request until a tiger is created--a hungry tiger--putting Pocu in a dangerous situation of his own making. The suspenseful story reaches a dramatic climax, made all the more vivid by Guevara's highly charged artwork, including a pretty scary close-up of the tiger. A quick, peaceful resolution follows the excitement, keeping the goings-on from being too frightening, but the story may be strong stuff for some youngsters. Others who have powerful imaginations of their own will understand. A good read-aloud. Lauren Peterson
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Pocu lives in a small village in country that is never named. We'll say it's India. One day everyone in town is sleepy because it is such a hot day. Left on his own to wander the jungle, Pocu finds a beautiful feather. When he flicks it one way, the air grows cooler. When he flicks it another the flowers bloom and a large shadow appears. This shadow coaxes the boy to create more parts of it. It wants eyes to see with, paws to follow Pocu with, a body that can be stroked, a tail to stir the air, and finally gorgeous black stripes. It may be no surprise to the reader, but Pocu is a little shocked when he finds himself facing a fully-grown tiger. In his huge state the tiger demands to be taken back to Pocu's village, "in time for supper". At first Pocu leads him back, but with a swish of the feather, the tiger problem is taken care of a piece at a time. Pocu leaves the feather in the wood once more, returns to his family, "and he was just I time for supper".
Reading it now, I noticed that the last line of this picture book is not dissimilar to the last line in Maurice Sendak's, "Where the Wild Things Are". Still, this book is less about taming wild things than refusing to be tamed by them. As the book flap describes this tale it, "shows readers the power of imagination and the way in which it can take on a life of its own". Author Dee Lillegard is adept at writing a story in which the action slowly builds. As the tiger grows more and more impatient and hungry, the monkeys and parrots scream louder and louder. Accompanying the text are illustrations by the accomplished Susan Guevara. Better known, perhaps, for her eclectic and stunning Chato books (if you haven't read it, I demand you run out and purchase "Chato and the Party Animals", NOW!), Guevara has toned down her style for this particular book. Certainly she is just as enamored with color now as she has ever been. The magical feather that Pocu employs is like that of a peacock but riddled with additional yellows, oranges, pinks, greens, purples, reds, aquamarines, etc. It's one heckuva fancy feather. But as a result of this less than electric drawing technique, the book feels a little subdued. This is not on the level with her other work, but its still a lovely book.
There's much to enjoy about a story in which the main character is initially told to bug off at the beginning, has an adventure, and then comes home to a welcoming family. This is a comforting picture book, and a pretty one to look at as well. It may be difficult to write wholly new fables, but I think Lillegard and Guevara have admirably penned a great story. Though perhaps not the strongest of their works, it is still is a fun tale. Pick it up for a glance.