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Tiger on a Tree

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  21 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 vivacio
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 5th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published January 1st 1997)
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James Son
Sep 14, 2014 James Son rated it liked it
"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
Simple rhyming book set in India - like Seuss in that it has an easy cadence and is a bit nonsensical.
Sarah Sammis
Jul 27, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 05, 2008 Bobby rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2013 Moushumi Ghosh rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2009 Annette rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Sara Bland
Apr 27, 2015 Sara Bland rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
There is really not a lot to say about this book other than it is about a tiger and how his day went. The plot is not very strong, but then again this is a book designed for children in pre-k though 2nd grade. Depending on how this book is used (read aloud or read alone) this could definitely span the ages of a bigger grade level gap. The illustrations were pretty basic with a nice orange, black, and white color scheme. This book features very simple sentences for the new reader.
Feb 03, 2012 Westerville rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, picture_book
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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Natalie Pietro
Oct 05, 2012 Natalie Pietro rated it it was amazing
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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...
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.
Oct 10, 2012 Leslie rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Graphically appealing illustrations composed of white, inky black, and orange. Visually great for a baby. Story is lacking.

4 star illustrations; 2 star story.
First published in 1997 by Tara Publishing in Chennai, India. First American edition by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2004.
Feb 02, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
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!)
Jan 23, 2016 Elizabeth added it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: (though I feel concern about any list which includes The Jungle Book)
Shelves: picturebooks, india
The rhyming text can carry a read-aloud along, but I wasn't all that into the art style and found the narrative somewhat disjointed.
Feb 16, 2013 Maya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
So simple and graphic, both my kids love this one.
Jun 03, 2008 Sally rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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.
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.
What a bold, captivating story. Simple text with strong rhyming patterns fun for emergent readers or else sharing with young children.
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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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