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Katie Manuel | 21 comments The Tiger and the Wise Man by Andrew Fusek Peters

The Tiger and the Wise Man
retold by Andrew Fusek Peters
illustrated by Diana Mayo

This is a traditional Indian tale retold by a storyteller from Britain. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and beautiful, which helps bring the characters to life.

The tale is about an ornery, hungry tiger who is tricked into a cage by the villagers. When a wise man walks by, the tiger pleads to be let out. Reluctantly, the wise man releases him, only to find out that the tiger is planning to go back on his word and eat him for breakfast. The wise man convinces the tiger to get advice from other animals before eating him. He learns that all of the animals dislike humans because of what they have done to their habitats and how they have treated the animals. Eventually, the wise man gives up hope and agrees to let the tiger eat him. However, a jackal enters the story at that moment and ends up tricking the tiger back into his cage, hoping to steal the tiger's dinner. During that time, the wise man escapes.

As mentioned in class, I think this story would be good to use when looking at story elements because the plot is so easy to follow. I think young kids might like the story because it is rather predictable until the very end.

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Katie Manuel | 21 comments Lon Po Po by Ed Young

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
by Ed Young

This book contains beautiful illustrations and are very unique. The pictures almost look a little blurry, but they are so detailed and fascinating. It won the Caldecott Medal in 1990.

This is the Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood, and is quite different than the version most often told in America. In this version, three daughters are left at home while their mother goes to visit their grandma (Po Po). They are instructed to latch the door, but open it up when a wolf convinces them he is their Po Po. The oldest girl figures out the truth and devises a plan to escape with her sisters to the top of a ginko tree. They end up killing the wolf and returning to their home safely.

It would be interesting to compare several different versions of this tale with students. I think it could be used with any grade level either as a read aloud or independent book.

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