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Tigress by Helen Cowcher
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Tigress (1991)

by Helen Cowcher

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Herdsmen work with a wildlife sanctuary ranger to keep their animals safe from a marauding tigress.

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A tigress wants to kill animals to feed her cubs. The people nearby need their domesticated animals for the survival of their families. SPOILER: After the tigress kills a bullock and then a camel, the local herdsmen discuss trying to poison her. The sanctuary ranger comes up with a plan to persuade the tigress not to wander beyond the forest sanctuary where she lives. His solution is reminiscent of Tootle, in which the little locomotive sees warning flags everywhere but the tracks where he belongs.
In simple words and simple, colorful illustrations that take up the entire page, a serious problem with a serious solution is presented to young children. I'm not sure what the age of the target audience is; there is, after all, death and that death has dire consequences for the owner of the animal. ( )
  raizel | Jul 12, 2019 |
This is an absolutely gorgeous book-- both in the language used and illustrations included. The author uses beautiful imagery to describe realistic actions of different people and animals at one sanctuary.
USE: This would be a perfect book to use to talk about descriptive language and imagery in writing. It would also be a good book to use to discuss multiple perspectives.
  cmcmahon14 | Nov 23, 2016 |
Powerful. I loved the illustrations - the attention to composition and line made them simple and strong, just like the text. No real narrative, the people have no names, not a wasted word. For children old enough to talk about complex issues - in India it's the tiger vs the herdsman, in Wyoming it's the wolf vs the rancher, etc. Not for little ones, especially if they're easily frightened. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This simple cautionary tale about the plight of the Bengal Tiger makes understanding the situation from both sides very simple. I know where the goat herders are coming from and I understand the tigers hunting the goats. Also, I see how unhelpful simply chasing the tigers back onto the reserve is with their sense of smell leading their hunting instinct to the goats. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
I really enjoyed the artwork in this book, with the bright, strong colors and dramatic brushstrokes. The cover completely grabs you, and the illustrator does a wonderful job of displaying how powerful and scary the tiger is to the village people and animals. At first I thought this was going to be a classic bad guy (tiger) good guy (human) tale, but it is much deeper than that. The ranger serves as the judge and wants to help both the tigers and the people. ( )
  McKennaMiller | Feb 26, 2012 |
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The quick sharp calls of monkeys in the forest sanctuary warn deer that a tigress is near.
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