Reviews for Year of the Tiger : Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
Tiger-year people, according to this book, are "courageous and charismatic...rash and unpredictable" and "the fiercest of friends." The story tells of two such characters, a tiger named Teddy and a girl named Su who bring their families and friends together. Like the other series entries, the text is hard to follow and the cartoon illustrations are amateurish. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 February

PreS-Gr 2--Young Prince Teddy, a royal tiger cub, is naturally curious, and his mother tells him that someday he'll be king of the jungle. "A wise ruler starts out as a careful prince," she advises. His father tells him to stay away from humans, which piques his interest in them. Setting out alone, he meets a young girl, Su, he sees near the edge of the forest. The two become fast friends despite their parents' disapproval. Due to a series of adventures and mishaps, Teddy must save Su's life just as both sets of parents arrive. The two families decide they can live in peace, ensuring that "Good manners make good neighbors." A brief paragraph explains that people born in the Year of the Tiger are bold and proud and the fiercest of friends. Children will enjoy the bright-eyed characters and cartoon illustrations in this romp. Some of the figures seem to leap right out of a Cartoon Network production. The story tends to drag on a bit, but the point gets made that friendships come in all different species. The Chinese zodiac connection may get lost on young readers without discussion. Purchase where this series is already popular.--C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY

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