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The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

The Tiger Rising (original 2001; edition 2002)

by Kate DiCamillo

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Title:The Tiger Rising
Authors:Kate DiCamillo
Info:Candlewick (2002), Paperback, 128 pages
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The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo (2001)



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"The Tiger Rising" follows the story of a young boy, Rob, who lost his mom to cancer and moved to a new "home" (motel) in Florida with his dad. After some time being in Florida he is the elementary school victim of two bullies and a boy with no friends. One day a young girl, Sistine, arrives new to the town with major confidence. Ever since Rob's mom died he had kept his "suitcase" of happiness and feeling emotions in his heart closed. One day Rob explores the forest and finds a tiger living in a locked cage. Rob shows his new friend Sistine and later is given the keys by the motel owner to feed the tiger. Sistine convinces Rob to set the tiger free and Rob's father kills the tiger thinking it was going to harm him or Rob. Throughout the book and throughout Sistine's friendship Rob's "suitcase" begins to open and he is set free from the pain he had locked away in his heart about his mom. This book is a realistic fiction novel. ( )
  Ebarclift13 | Feb 24, 2015 |
This book I always use as a Read Aloud with my reading unit titled, Bringing Characters to Meaning. There is so much happening in this book with character development and I use each chapter to model the teaching point from the mini lesson. DiCamillo does an extraordinary job of showing the reader how the character is feeling, and all along keeping suspense and excitement. Symbols, metaphors, and much inferring is required to thoroughly and thoughtfully comprehend this text. It is a guided reading level S, so it is perfect for fourth grade and the complex bands of texts they will be encountering. ( )
  Taranto | Dec 2, 2014 |
Powerful realistic fiction that pulls at your heart strings. Strong characterization and an interesting setting. Great for intermediate-middle school students. I love using this book as a read aloud for the students in my classroom. Builds empathy and compassion for others. ( )
  rachelmuegge | Jul 23, 2014 |
This was a nice, quick audiobook for my kids and me to listen to on the way to and from the doctor's office this past week. (That sounds more ominous than it is. It was just an annual checkup at a doctor's office that's a good distance away along a route that's very trafficky. Not that most people reading this review care much about the details of our physical health, but I do have family members who read these reviews sometimes and I don't want to scare anyone. So, don't worry, Mom...we're all well for the moment, except for your grandson who has a runny nose which he keeps wiping on my shirt whenever he gives me a hug.)

Anyway, this book was good. The chapters were too short for my taste---we'd just start getting a good head of steam and the chapter would end---but the opening was excellent and the interactions between the characters seemed genuine and only slightly melodramatic. And as a homeschooler, I have a perverse affinity for any book that makes conventional school look awful. Helps keep my kids in line.

One big problem I had, though, and this might be a spoiler so look away if you don't want even a bit of spoiling:

As far as I can tell, it's illegal in Florida for a private citizen to keep any species of big cat, but no one bothered to suggest calling the authorities and having the tiger put into a zoo. (Or forcing the owner to relocate to Alabama.) I suppose that wouldn't have been as satisfying an ending. Kind of like when my kids learned about the bear that was poached here in Massachusetts a year or so ago, and the story turned out to be this epic tale of law enforcement jurisdiction, government bureaucracy, and forensic science. It was all interesting, but not in an exciting way. Had it not involved the kids dressing up in bear costumes and lab coats and wielding fake guns, I'm not sure it would have held their attention. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Mar 28, 2014 |
This book is about a boy who finds a Tiger in the woods locked up in a cage. He also meets a girl too. She shows him how Tigers and memories can't be locked up. The start becoming having a great bond together and learn more secrets. The boy's mother died of cancer and he is with his father. He goes through his life like a sleepwalker. He takes of the responsibility of taking care of the tiger.
I like this book when I read it. I felt like I was there as Rob. Rob is the boy in the story. I love tigers, so when I read this I got into it deeply. I was hoping that nothing bad would happen to the tiger. I felt bad for Rob when he was going through hard times. I liked how the girl halped him cope with stress. ( )
  MartinP.G3 | Mar 21, 2014 |
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Kate DiCamillo's first novel Because of Winn-Dixie won a Newbery Honor in 2000 for the no-nonsense charm and wisdom of its down-home young heroine, Opal. Also set in Florida, The Tiger Rising is more of a short story in scope, the tale of 12-year-old Rob Horton who finds a caged tiger in the woods behind the Kentucky Star Motel where he lives with his dad. The tiger is so incongruous in this setting, Rob views the apparition as some sort of magic trick. Indeed, the tiger triggers all sorts of magic in Rob's life--for one thing, it takes his mind off his recently deceased mother and the itchy red blisters on his legs that the wise motel housekeeper, Willie May, says is a manifestation of the sadness that Rob keeps "down low."

Something else for Rob to think about is Sistine (as in the chapel), a new city girl with fierce black eyes who challenges him to be honest with her and himself. Spurred by the tiger, events collide to break Rob out of his silent introspection, to form a new friendship with Sistine, a new understanding with his father, and most important, to lighten his heart. This novel is about cages--the consequences of escape as well as imprisonment. The story and symbolism are clear as a bell, and the emotions ring true. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Rob, who passes the time in his rural Florida community by wood carving, is drawn by his spunky but angry friend Sistine into a plan to free a caged tiger.

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