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The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
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DiCamillo, K. (2001). The Tiger Rising. Massachusetts: Candlewick Press.
Gr. 4-6. Rob and his father are starting a new life in Florida. One day, walking in the forest behind the motel they live in, Rob discovers a caged tiger; he tries to keep it a secret, but just can’t keep it to himself. When he meets Sistine, the two become friends and devise a plan for freeing the tiger – after all, nothing that beautiful can stay caged forever.
Curriculum: This is a good book to use to talk about symbolism. The tiger in the cage is truly a tiger, but it also represents the idea that things can’t be kept locked up. The book could also be used to talk about friendships and getting through tough losses of loved ones.
Awards: National Book Award Finalist
Reviews: Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (04/01/01) Publishers Weekly starred (01/15/01) Horn Book (05/01/01) School Library Journal starred (03/01/01) Kliatt starred( 05/01/01) Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (08/01/01) Library Talk starred (11/01/01)
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