Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright!
The lion may be considered the King of the Jungle but it’s the tiger that always floors everyone!! No wonder it is our National Animal! This International Tiger Day, people around the world continue to work effortlessly to promote an awareness of tiger conservation issues and to encourage people to fight against the poaching of these precious animals. Here is a round-up of books about this magnificent animal that should be part of your children’s bookshelves.
Tiger Tiger on a tree Is it true? Can it be? Did he fly? Did he flee? Did he fall and hurt his knee? Did he cry? Did he plead? If you want to know: read The tale of a wild tiger cub who wanders into an Indian village, and the reactions he encounters from the stunned village inhabitants. The art, verse, and typography run and bounce off the page, drawing both the curious child and the quizzical adult into the lively world of the book.
Cheekra, Shankra, and their cubs have just had a long, tiring hunting trip. They decide to spend the night in a cave. But they soon find out the cave is home to a tiger. Cheekra and Shankra need to quickly think of a plan to keep their cubs safe. Can the two sharp foxes outwit the tiger?
Young children will delight in repeating the refrain “OH, NO!” as one animal after another falls into a deep, deep hole in this lively read-aloud. This simple and irresistible picture book by hugely popular picture book creators—Candace Fleming and Caldecott medalist Eric Rohmann—feels like a classic-in-the-making.
Sometimes it’s almost impossible to get your big sister to read your favorite book to you. Sometimes you have to go to great lengths even to get her attention! But if you’re really creative and use your imagination, you might just get what you want. Take care, though, not to go too far. Once you conjure up a tiger, there’s no telling where it might lead
Are you bored with being sensible? Do you want to have more fun? Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. Fed up of tea parties, top hats and talking about the weather, he astounds his friends when he decides to go… WILD. But does he go too far? After all, the wilderness can get pretty lonely.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild is a beautifully illustrated and brilliantly funny book from Caldecott Honor-winning artist Peter Brown shows that there’s a time and place for everything… even going wild.
General MacTiger is the most magnificent animal in the jungle until the python steals his stripes. And so he must use all his guile and ingenuity to play the jungle animals off against each other to regain them.
Tiger is a cat with simple pleasures. He likes to spend his days wandering about, chatting with friends and having a little snack. But at night his secret life is revealed – and it is very surprising! Find out about Tiger’s unexpected night hobby in this delightfully funny, warm-hearted picture book that reminds us that sometimes animals (and people) behave in unexpected ways.
Leo isn’t reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo’s mother isn’t. She knows her son will do all those things, and more when he’s ready. ‘Reassuring for other late bloomers, this book is illustrated with beguiling pictures.’
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!
It’s amazing how easy it is for the tiger to pass himself off as a rug – he enjoys a life of luxury with the rajah’s family, snacking on midnight feasts and playing with his children. He goes entirely undetected, until one night, when he risks expulsion from his comfortable abode as burglars break into the palace and he has to decide whether to stay in disguise as a rug – or save the Rajah from a horrible beating. However, tigers who live in houses can have happy endings, as seen in this utterly brilliant picture book.
Sleep Like a Tiger (Caldecott Medal – Honors Winning Title(s)) by Mary Logue (Author), Pamela Zagarenski (Illustrator)
In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a “Runaway Bunny – “like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In a sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem.
When Grandma says she’s seen a tiger in the garden, Nora doesn’t believe her. She’s too old to play Grandma’s silly games! Everyone knows that tigers live in jungles, not gardens. So even when Nora sees butterflies with wings as big as her arm, and plants that try and eat her toy giraffe, and a polar bear that likes fishing, she knows there’s absolutely, DEFINITELY no way there could be a tiger in the garden . . . Could there? This beautiful picture book about the power of imagination is the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017, Illustrated Books Category. `A journey of discovery’ – The Guardian `A stunning testament to the power of imagination’ – Metro
Gorgeously illustrated and including two gatefolds that give us a panoramic jungle at war, The Tiger Who Would Be King is as entertaining as it is wise, as wry as it is passionate. Yoon’s humorous images support this beautifully written text with wit and insight. Her final portrait of the tiger in a sea of silence will stay with the reader for a long, long time. JooHee Yoon is an illustrator and printmaker. She strives to create picture books that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. James Thurber joined the staff of the New Yorker in 1927. His contributions to that magazine, both as a writer and an artist, were instrumental in changing the character of American humor.
Izzy is always shuffling, jiggling, squirming and twitching. She just can’t keep still! So when Izzy’s school go on a trip to the zoo, her teacher warns her to behave. She must never wriggle, she must never fidget and she must certainly NEVER TICKLE A TIGER! But does Izzy listen? She does NOT – and what happens next throws the zoo into complete chaos. With eye-catching illustrations by the internationally acclaimed bestselling illustrator, Marc Boutavant, Never Tickle a Tiger will amaze and delight children and parents alike! It includes a spectacular double gatefold for the grand chaotic reveal. Watch a read-aloud of this book here.
Tiger Reads for ages 9+
Neel’s parents want him to win a scholarship, and go to the big city to study. But Neel doesn’t want to leave his beloved Sundarbans, with its and then a tiger cub goes missing from the reserve! The evil Gupta wants to sell the cub and sets his people to search for it. Neel and his sister rupa are determined to find the cub and take it to safety before Gupta and his goons find it. Racing against time, and braving the dangers of the dark, will Neel succeed in saving the little tiger cub?
The tiger, the largest living member of the cat family, has long been the undisputed ruler of India’s forests. Poaching and territorial encroachments have now diminished their numbers. When the Tiger was King recalls a time when tigers roamed the Indian subcontinent without fear of either man or beast. In this anthology, Ruskin Bond brings together some of the most engaging stories ever written about tigers, an apt tribute to the majesty and splendour of India’s dying kings.
A wildly exciting tale about the battle between man and nature. ‘That’s it,’ thought Tara, with a sinking feeling in her stomach. ‘My end is here.’ She fervently hoped it wouldn’t be as brutal as that of the poor tigers. Gadget geek Tara (aka the Wii Wonder at school) braces herself for the dullest summer ever when her banker-turned-photographer father whisks her off to a sleepy tiger reserve in the Himalayan foothills, where Nothing Ever Happens. She couldn’t have been more wrong. A stroll through the woods sends Tara on an adventure of a lifetime, as she stumbles upon an international gang of poachers. A tigress and her cubs must be saved and Tara’s only accomplice is her mysterious new friend, Satya. But can this unlikely pair save the day? In her debut novel, Nayanika Mahtani tackles the glaring issue of tiger poaching, while spinning a compelling story about man versus nature.
Tired and footsore, they scrambled up to the top of the ridge just as the sky in the east began to lighten ‘Take a good look,’ Rana Shaan-Bahadur said. ‘And welcome to your new home Taboo Valley!’ Rana Shaan-Bahadur, an alpha-male tiger of Sher-Kila National Park feted around the world after being filmed by a wildlife photographer is also father to four cubs, Hasti, Masti, Phasti, and Zafraan. When their mother, the beauteous Raat-ki-Rani falls to a poacher’s bullets, Shaan-Bahadur suddenly finds himself a single parent, a matter of great shame for a male tiger. To escape the taunts of the other tigers, he moves to the dreaded Taboo Valley, an abandoned area with a dark history inside the national park. But Khoon-Pyaasa, the poacher, is on the prowl, determined to kill the magnificent Shaan-Bahadur, as are Shaan’s rivals for the position of alpha-male. And deadliest of them all, ASKAA Al-Seekh Kabab Atankvad Andolan an underground group of porcupine terrorists, have sworn to exterminate all tigers and will stop at nothing till they get their quills into Shaan-Bahadur and his cubs A hilarious and touching story of wildlife politics, fearsome terrorist tactics, dysfunctional tiger families and more, The Tigers of Taboo Valley is Ranjit Lal at his very best.
Tigers are being reported missing from wildlife reserves across India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. No one knows what exactly is happening and has any idea about how to stop it. So the Animal Intelligence Agency steps up and gets involved in the case. Bagha, Kela, and Rana are the three agents who are assigned to this very dangerous case that takes them on a journey of a lifetime. As these mismatched yet highly competent agents take on the path of detection, the readers are taken on a journey of a lifetime.
Jim Corbett, ace hunter, and inimitable raconteur was also a gifted observer, not just of the jungle but also of the people around him. In the seventeen sketches included in The Hunter’s Friends, readers will meet the men and women Corbett lived, hunted and worked with, both in Kumaon—Corbett’s stomping grounds for most of his life—and in Mokameh Ghat, where he was employed by the Railways.
‘Kunwar Singh’, intrepid poacher of the Kaladhungi jungles, tells young Corbett the cautionary tale of his friend, who was taught a harsh lesson by a tiger because he couldn’t climb trees; in ‘Putli and Kalwa’, Corbett befriends a brave young girl leading a bullock to her uncle’s house even as the man-eater of Muktesar prowls about in search of a victim. And, in ‘Adventures with Magog’, Corbett’s delightful and touching profile of his hunting dog, he describes the terrifying yet funny consequences of disturbing a sleeping tiger.