Imagine You Are a Tiger is written by Karen Wallace and illustrated by Peter Melnyczuk and published by Hodder Children's Books. What a delightful way to learn about the big cat. The book prompts children to imagine themselves as a tiger and empathise with their way of living. The words complement the brilliant pastel drawings done using the scratch technique by Peter Melnyczuk. The book traces the life of the tiger from when he is a helpless, blind cub to a ripping young tiger ready to go independent.
Imagine you open a book and find yourself Smack!! in the middle of the tall dry grass. Face to face with a tiger cub eyes shut, helpless and not alone! Watch him as he frolics with his mother and she gently plays with him. See through the cub's eye a monkey and the parrot. Search the page through the dark tall trees to see a monkey ready to swing from branch to branch, watchful of the tiger.
Travel with the cub and his family as he romps in the grass and plays tumble with his brother. Feel your hair stand with fun and some fear as he snarls playfully at his siblings and practices pouncing, not unlike a kitten at home.Watch through the young tiger's eyes the waterhole and all the animals who gather there - the deer and the wild boar.Feast on the prey his mother catches. Grow with the tiger cub as he learns to hunt on his own. Share his disappointment on a missed catche. Stand still in the tall grass, eyes searching and finding an antelope. Make no noise. This catch is important, mother tiger will feed nor share no more. Stand alert, ready to spring and continue the cycle of big cat life in the grasslands.
In the interim, we spend time with his siblings and admire his mother as she hunts to provide for her family or cools off in the river on a summer's day. The book brings alive the tiger's habitat. Arboreal animals and the ground animals, all are ever vigilant of the tiger.
Parents and children will enjoy the bond shaed by the tiger and the cub. Come, take a leap of imagination and let out the tiger in you. Roar.
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