|There's a tiger in the garden|
Author: Stewart, Lizzy
There's nothing to do at Grandma's house and Nora refuses to believe any outlandish tales of dragonflies as big as birds, grumpy polar bears who like to fish, or a magnificent tiger all allegedly residing in Grandma's garden.
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Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.10
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 72540
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/17)
School Library Journal (03/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—Nora tells her grandma that she is bored. Even her stuffed giraffe Jeff is bored. Grandma suggests she visit the garden. She just might have seen a tiger there, among other wonders, she tells Nora. Feeling she is too old for such silly games, Nora and Jeff venture into the garden and are surprised by colorful dragonflies as big as birds. The child then discovers plants that want to eat her, a polar bear, and, eventually, the tiger. The tiger and Nora have a discussion about what is real. After spending the afternoon in the garden with the tiger, Nora returns to her grandma for dinner. She asks her grandmother if that was really a tiger in the garden. Grandma tells her that it is hard to tell sometimes, maybe it was just a ginger cat. Flat and folksy characters tell the main part of the story in conversational prose. Artistically flattened scenery with creative use of white space (to add dimension) work well together in the outdoor illustrations. Blurring the lines between imagination and reality, the abundance of green foliage looks as if it could either be a garden or a jungle. This British import reminds readers that boredom is just a state of mind and adventure awaits in outdoor play. VERDICT A solid choice for one-on-one and small group sharing.—Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.