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Tiger-Tiger, Is It True?: Four Questions to Make You Smile Again

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Tiger-Tiger, Is It True? is a story about a little tiger who thinks that his whole world is falling apart: his parents don’t love him, his friends have abandoned him, and life is unfair. But a wise turtle asks him four questions, and everything changes. He realizes that all his problems are not caused by things, but by his thoughts about things; and that when he questions ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 15th 2009 by Hay House (first published 2009)
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Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-books
This book shows how positive thinking can change everything!
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why make it harder than it has to be? The Work condensed into 32 beautifully illustrated pages. :-)
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
My step-mum made me read this coz my self esteem is very low lol
Kevin Orth
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If I had one, and only one, book to purchase for a young person this would be the book. How wonderful it would be to have this wisdom, perspective, view, and appreciation for the power of thought and now easily one can move beyond the illusory perceptions our minds would have us believe is true. Highly recommend to anyone of any age.
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Tiger, Tiger, Is It True?” is the story of a Tiger cub who is having a rotten day. He thinks life is unfair as he has one thing after another happen to add to this feeling. He meets up with a turtle who asks him to question his suppositions about his feelings and other people “making” him feel alone, unheard, and undervalued. He listens to Tiger Tiger say things like, “Nobody cares about me.” and asks, “Are you certain this is true that NO ONE care about you?” Then gently guides Tiger Tiger to ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun, kid-friendly book to flesh out the CBT concept of thought-stopping. As an elementary school counselor who works with anxiety, I think this is a wonderful resource to help kids understand the power of their thoughts in influencing how they feel and react. I will be using this in an anxiety group!
Terran Drake
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's about a tiger who becomes sad and meets a turtle. Ever think a little thought that can make you really upset? Whenever you think that nobody likes you, that nobody cares, you find out, soon, as soon as you meet a turtle, that there are lots of people that like you. ...more
Sabrina Kaye Fox
Good book to read to your children. Really shows the power of what positive thinking can do for your mindset.
Smitha Murthy
I had heard of ‘The Work,’ of course. And this is taking the four questions that form the framework for that and applying it so that children can understand. And adults even more so. I end up making a lot of assumptions and the four questions are really helpful in stepping back and understanding the reality of a situation or person without the burden of our thoughts to color it.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boiled down to the essence

Explain it to a little one. It’s not nearly as complicated as the oldth make it Excellent perspective for young and old.
Kristen Dutkiewicz
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Simple children’s book about positive thinking.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
So preachy... Too wordy for a storytime
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good way to introduce The Work to kids.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-ll-read-again
Short and quick book with biggest of the wisdom.
Good book = powerful things to discuss. I would easily want to use this with teens/upper elementary.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the 4 questions for kids and for the adults who read Tiger-Tiger with their kiddos!
Lynette A. Clark
Simple and clear.

Great summary of The Work. A good reminder to adults as wells as a good book for kids. Thank you BK
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Not just for kids, adults could also use this book for reminders every once in a while. The Work is a life long process
Aurora Shele
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good children's book that makes you think and change your perspective about life. ...more
Farnoosh Brock
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of a little Tiger who is very sad about ordinary life troubles until he meets Turtle who asks him the questions related to The Work, Byron Katie's brilliant self-inquiry method. For more on The Work, definitely read Loving What Is - My personal review of that book is here on Goodreads.

Disclaimer: I received a signed copy of the book from the author, Hans Wilhelm.

I don't have any kids but I have read children's books and I think this one has a strong message. It may be too hard fo
Jo Furniss
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-folk
I love the concept of this book: a simplified CBT to help young kids deal with difficult feelings and bad thoughts. The illustrations suggest a young target audience (I guess, 4-7), but the language is so wordy and awkward that it's too tricky for this age group. For example: "how does it feel if you are not thinking the thought that nobody cares and nobody likes you?" Even I had to read that a couple of times! I try to simply it for the kids as we're reading... But the story is cute and it touc ...more
May 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-aloud, picture
I don't remember how I first came across this title, but it is essentially a kids' version of "The Work" (which I'm not at all familiar with), and seems vaguely like cognitive behavioral therapy. I haven't read it to a kid yet, so don't know how they would react, but it seems overly abstract to me. For example, Turtle asks Tiger-Tiger: "Now, how does it feel if you are not thinking the thought that nobody cares and nobody likes you? Who would you be if you could never believe that thought again? ...more
Rogene Carter
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most powerful and simple children's stories I have ever read. To think that a thought can be so powerful and emotional and could be dissipated by simply thinking whether its truly true, whether it's possible to know if it's truly true, how we react we we believe the thought, and who would we be without it is revolutionary. Presenting it in this easy to understand and engaging manner was a stroke of genius. A must read for adults and an easy way to teach reflection skills to ch ...more
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A & I loved this book -- and have already put the story's ideas to work for her. I think it may be too complex for kids under 6 and maybe some still between 6-8. But A gets it and I've been able to refer to it as a working example of how she can think about various situations... and how the power of her thoughts about the world... that with them she chooses to make the world and her a life a place that she loves (or not). ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, self-help, kids
This awesome little self-help book is for children and adults ,i love the four questions and their power to change our thoughts from sad to happy ,I think it's very important for children to get these concepts at a young age to realize the power of their thoughts and how they impact their feelings ,relationships and everything around them.
Brilliant book ,I recommend it for Everyone :)
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
The main point of this book is that are problems are not caused by events or things or other people. Our problems are caused by our thoughts about things....definitely something not only children, but adults need to learn.
Dori Davis
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am going to buy a copy for the school counselor at my elementary school! Great picture book to interrupt the downward spiral of "nobody likes me" and "I'm stupid" that suck in so many of our kiddos---thereby shutting down most learning and enjoyment of life. ...more
Jimi Ballard
Great book for kids and could help some grownups too. (What can I say, I've become a fan of childrens books over the last 15 years.) ...more
I wish, someone had read this book to me when I was little. It´s great for kids and grown-ups, and helps a lot in viewing life differently.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great for helping kids, teens, & adults (including myself) see the thoughts that are upsetting to us in a more objective light.
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Byron Kathleen Mitchell, better known as Byron Katie, is an American speaker, writer, and founder of a method of self-inquiry called The Work of Byron Katie or simply The Work.

Katie became severely depressed in her early thirties. She was a businesswoman and mother who lived in Barstow, a small town in the high desert of southern California. For nearly a decade she spiraled down into paranoia, rag

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