This is the first picture book we’ve read in ages where I’ve thought to myself that it is a modern classic and I absolutely must make sure I keep it for my grandchildren. This is a truly charming book. The story of Mr Tiger who lives in a very ‘proper’ place and throws caution to the wind, returning to the wild was such a strong story that we have wanted to read it time and time again.
It’s a great story for talking about how important it is to be individual and do what comes naturally to you. I used it as a bit of a springboard to talking about how everyone has different natural abilities, something which we have tried to discuss a lot with the 6 year old recently with little success until now.
Alongside the story are some really brilliant original illustrations, these are beautiful in themselves and the whole book has the feel of something that I would have read as a child in the 1970’s. I love this book, everything about it makes it stand out from the rest and if I was awarding prizes for picture books this would have to be in my top 5 for the year.
Like all good picture books there are so many different follow up activities you can do if your children feel inspired by it. We spent quite a long time revisiting Henri Rousseau’s paintings, Tiger in a Tropical Storm is an obvious one and I did wonder if the author had drew some inspiration from this painting. I love introducing children to key pieces of art history and this painting is one. So, we drew our own tiger paintings and made stories up around them.
You can find out more about the book here and also download some lovely activity sheets, perfect with half term just around the corner…