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Tiger on a Tree

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Catch this tiger

As he wanders from shore to field, a scaredy-cat tiger suddenly finds himself up a tree. "Get him! Net him! Tie him tight!" the local villagers say. But once they capture him, the villagers make a surprising decision about what to do with him - and soon the tiger is off and running again.

Young readers can follow this simple, spunky adventure through vivaci
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 5th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published January 1st 1997)
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James Son
"Tiger on a Tree" follows the life of a tiger. It starts off with showing a tiger who is on shore, and seems like he is in little bit of a rush. As he is running off somewhere, he needs to pass some obstacles. The first one is the ocean. The desperate tiger has to be bold enough to go across. Then as he keeps on running, he passes a deer. The deer, who becomes frightened, also flees. While the tiger runs, he finds a tree. Without any hesitation, he climbs it! At this point of the story, nobody k ...more
Sarah Sammis
Tiger on a Tree by Anushka Ravishankar has won a number of awards but we didn't know any of that when we checked it out from the library. We got it because it has brightly colored illustrations and features a tiger. My Caligula the cat fanatic had to read it.

The story follows the misadventures of a young tiger as he swims across a river and wanders into a rural Indian village. The villagers react with shock and with all their screaming manage to scare the tiger up a tree. Now they have to decide
A book for younger children (probably only about 100 words or so) in the vein of Dr. Seuss...certainly because the words rhyme, but more importantly, because it's destined to be a classic (or at least it should be in my opinion). It's a brief story of a tiger and what happens to him when he's discovered in a tree by human beings. Needless to say, there isn't much of plot, even by children's book standards, given it's short length. But it does send a message that the animal rights advocates espec ...more
Moushumi Ghosh
The story comes alive in the interaction of text and image. I love the rhyme. It was soothing and I am not even in the intended target audience bracket! I was reminded of Blake's Tyger even as I was reading this. Pulak Biswas's illustrations have an Indianness that I am discovering for the first time in picture books. The style of the drawings are what I have seen growing up in Bengali children's magazines. His illustrations remind me of Ray's as well. There is an element of abstractness that I ...more
I was immediately struck visually by this book,whose fluid back and white drawings with orange seem simple but are vivid and expressive. I liked the rhyming, almost sing-song rhythm of the text and the element of surprise and humor in the absurdity of some parts, for example,when they are trying to decide what to do with the tiger once they caught him: "Send him to the zoo? Stick him up with glue? Paint him blue?" The circular ending invites repetition and further invention from students.
Natalie Pietro
Tiger on a Tree by Anushka Ravishankar is quite delightful. The feel of this Indian book was Seuss like. The rhyming words worked well in a fun way for beginner readers to enjoy reading. The black and orange color gave the book a 70's feeling. Must add my little guy loved Tiger on a Tree. Sat memorized the whole book. I believe we will be reading this book again, and again, and again...
What should the men do with the tiger caught in a tree? Set him free, they all agree.
Short rhyming text and striking illustrations in black, white and orange (appropriately for a tiger!) - Robin, Youth Services Librarian

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Sandy Brehl
Simple text with irregular but appealing rhyme present a dilemma: what do you do with a tiger once you catch it? The bold lines, white background, and minimal color encourage imagination, drama, and tension.
What should the men do with the tiger caught in a tree? Set him free, they all agree.
Short rhyming text and striking illustrations in black, white and orange (appropriately for a tiger!)
I enjoyed this book. It's not a typical picture book and the illustrations would not appeal to all children. But the text is interesting and laid out in an atypical format.
Graphically appealing illustrations composed of white, inky black, and orange. Visually great for a baby. Story is lacking.

4 star illustrations; 2 star story.
Dhruv Singhal
Jul 23, 2012 Dhruv Singhal is currently reading it
i really liked the story very contains all d necessary entertainment required to get interest in d book.
tiger is captured and men of village ponder what to do with him. no pc for modern times.
Apr 15, 2012 Debra added it
Shelves: phonics, rhyming
K - 2

Evokes emotion

Phonics - Rhyming Words
So simple and graphic, both my kids love this one.
pairs well with "Sheep on a Jeep"
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Anushka Ravishankar, a mathematics graduate, has made a name for herself internationally as an Indian children’s writer, with over 10 books of verse, fiction and non-fiction. Her special talent is in the area of nonsense verse, where she brilliantly adapts this difficult genre to Indian English usage, without a false note. Anushka Ravishankar can be said to have pioneered the Indian English nonsen ...more
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