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Tiger, tiger
Lillegard, Dee.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : G.P. Putnam, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A bored young boy uses a magic feather to form a tiger, and then must use the feather to save his village when the tiger gets hungry.
Reading Level:
AD 410 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 65037.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 1 Quiz: 32614 Guided reading level: K.
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No one will play with Pocu, so he slouches off to amuse himself-and finds a wonderful feather. Swish. He makes the flowers bloom. Swish. He creates a great, murmuring shadow with two eyes burning bright. Pocu wants a playmate, but when the shadow follows him into the jungle and starts taking over the game, he fears he's created a monster. And it's up to him to find a way to handle his dangerous creation. Dee Lillegard's beautifully written text shows how a powerful imagination can take on a life of its own, and Susan Guevara's rich, stunning paintings bring Pocu's magical world to life.

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Booklist Review

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

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.