Tiger on a Tree

by Anushka Ravishankar and Pulak Biswas

“Tiger, tiger, on the shore...” The tiger in Anushka Ravishankar’s... read more

“Tiger, tiger, on the shore...” The tiger in Anushka Ravishankar’s whimsical picture book means no harm. But after his wanderings lead to a run-in with an angry goat, the tiger takes refuge in a tree. There, he is cornered by a group of excitable men who are quickly confounded by what to do. “Send him to the zoo? Stick him up with glue? Paint him electric blue?” Their solution brings this comical story rich with word and sound play full circle and will leave many young listeners requesting repeated readings. Ravishankar is the author of more than ten books in India, and she clearly excels at nonsense verse. The book’s superb design features dynamic text layout integrated into striking two-color prints in black and orange. Even with stylized printmaking techniques, illustrator Pulak Biswas has managed to create a cast of visually distinctive characters whose expressions (the tiger’s included) are a wonderful complement to the text. (Ages 2–6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2005

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