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Dowson, Nick.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
27 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A mother tigress raises two cubs and teaches them all they need to know until they are ready to rely on themselves.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 78616.

Reading Counts RC K-2 5.2 1 Quiz: 46150.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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One of nature's most magical sights emerges from camouflage in this evocative, informative story about a mother tiger in the wild.

Moving smooth as a river, her stripy coat bright as fire, a mother tiger runs, then vanishes into the tall grass. With plate-sized paws and a pink nose the size of your fist, she hunts and swims, cares for her cubs, and teaches them all her tiger tricks. In a lyrical narrative interspersed with many intriguing facts, Nick Dowson reveals the hidden ways of a wild tigress and her cubs, while Jane Chapman brings the mysterious creatures to rippling, roaring life.

Author Notes

Nick Dowson, an English teacher and drama specialist at a secondary school in England, has a passionate interest in natural history and the outdoor world. Of TIGRESS, he says, "I have always been fascinated by tigers, and I continue to be concerned for their future. I even dream of them."

Jane Chapman has illustrated many books for children, including the nonfiction stories THE EMPEROR'S EGG and ONE TINY TURTLE, and the rollicking counting book ONE DUCK STUCK. She lives in England.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 3. The zoology is as exciting as the story in this action-packed picture book about a mother tiger who nurtures her two young cubs in the forest and prepares them to take off on their own. Chapman's bright, clear, double-page acrylic pictures show the camouflage drama (Twigs with whiskers? / A tree with a tail? / Or is it a tigress, hiding? ). Then there are the tender close-ups of one mother tiger, her nurturing beautifully captured as, one by one, she carries her cubs with her teeth to a safe den. On each spread, the simple poetic words are in bold type, and small notes in italics add fascinating facts (Tigers don't have a great sense of smell, but their eyesight is six times better than ours ). Drama increases as she teaches the cubs to hunt, and then must let them go. Brother and sister separate, and the young tigress will one day follow in her mother's path. The combination of fierce predator and gentle parent makes for thrilling science. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Dowson's supple, informative debut book spotlights a tigress, first viewed stalking through tall grass in search of a new den for her two cubs: "Her fiery, stripy coat seems to vanish like magic." As the cubs grow, they "fight" each other (with sheathed claws) and learn to hunt from their parent. At around 18 months, the young leave to find their own territories. Dowson supplements a poetic narrative ("Bigger than your fist, her pink nose sniffs the air. Her ears turn to listen for the smallest noise. Bright as torches, her large yellow eyes gleam all around") with straightforward facts about tigers, presented in a smaller, italicized font ("Tigers don't have a great sense of smell, but their eyesight is six times better than ours, and they have amazing hearing"). Together, the two textual strains provide a wealth of information about tigers' physical characteristics, behavior and hunting habits. A final note cites disturbing facts, including that fewer than 6,000 tigers are alive today. Eschewing the anthropomorphic style of her Bear Snores On and other works, Chapman delivers lifelike, closely focused renderings of the three tigers, often in convincing motion. On many pages, the text appears against subtly patterned backdrops that complement the artwork; occasional vignettes of the cubs prowling across these backdrops add a note of drama. Ages 5-8. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Using her stealth and hunting skills, Tigress finds a new and safer den for her two tiger cubs in this book (Candlewick, 2007) by Nick Dowson. They are always on the hunt to survive, and after 18 months as a family unit, each tiger goes off to live a solitary existence. Jane Chapman's realistic paintings are vivid and fluid. The compelling, captivating text is read by Alan Marriott with background music and sound effects adding to the enjoyment; page turn signals are available on a read-along track, but there are no sound effects. The shorter second track focuses on interesting facts about tigers. This package will be a good addition to school and public libraries to introduce informational writing, and would be a fine choice for research papers.-Mercedes Smith, Kernan Trail Elementary School, Jacksonville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.