Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"A Tiger Called Tomás" - a bookwrap

It's really hard to be the new kid on the block and feel all alone!  Today's story might be of help if anyone is feeling that way....


"A Tiger Called Tomás"

authored by Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrated by Álvarez Migvéns

Originally published in 1963
 Ages:  PS-2

Unwrapping some wonderful new illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

This re-issued book was originally published in 1963.  The text is the same but the illustrations have been totally replaced and are beautiful to behold. 

Tomás moves into a brand new neighbourhood and because of his shyness is afraid to step off of his front stoop to meet any of the local people.  Day after day he is a silent observer of people and pets passing by and their activities.  He is scared that no one will like him so he won't take the risk trying to meet anyone for fear of being rejected.  

His sweet mamá keeps telling him over and over that of course everyone will like him but Tomás won't budge from his stoop.

When Hallowe'en arrives his wise mamá brings him home a tiger costume to wear.  

"Try this on," she said.  Tomás puts on the orange-and-black striped suite with its quilted tail.
He puts on the mask with its long whiskers."

Will he be brave on Hallowe'en Eve and go knocking door to door to fill up his treat bag with generous treats from his neighbours?  Will it be discovered that it really is Tomás behind that tiger mask?  Will anyone even be able to recognize Tomás or even care if it's really him? 

 I think the outcome of his adventure will be very pleasing to Tomás.  He is about to discover that the locals will find him very approachable and very likeable just like his mamá told him all along.  At the end of the evening, with his treat bag full, Tomás sheds his costume and a new self-confident boy emerges, one that  is ready to respond in a positive way to all the kind neighbour's welcoming words and acts of kindness towards him. 

This is a wonderful book to share and to discuss self-assurance and braveness by meeting doubts and fears head on.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author

Charlotte Zolotow was born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro on June 26, 1915 in Norfolk, Virginia. She studied at the University of Wisconsin, where she took classes in art, writing and child psychology. She began her publishing career in New York, in the adult trade-book division of what is now known as HarperCollins, but eventually took a job in the children's division. As an editor, she presided over her own imprint, Charlotte Zolotow Books. She was named publisher emerita at HarperCollins in 1991. Her first picture book, The Park Book, was published in 1944. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 90 children's books including Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, My Grandson Lew, William's Doll, The Hating Book, and The Seashore Book. In 1998, the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) at the Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison's School of Education established the Charlotte Zolotow Award, which is an American literary award presented annually for outstanding picture book writing published in the United States in the preceding year. Zolotow died on November 19, 2013 at the age of 98.

Meet the illustrator

Marta Alvarez is a children's book illustrator. Born in 1976 in a small town in Galicia (Spain), she has lived in Santiago de Compostela, Bordeaux, and Berlin. She currently lives in La Coruña (Spain).Marta has been illustrating professionally since 2002 for publishers such as Santillana, Anaya, Edelvives, and Oxford University Press, among others. Marta participated in the International Biennial of Illustration in Bratislava (BIB) and is a member of the Galician Illustration Association (AGPI).Her artwork is characterized by happy colors and cute children and animals with red, healthy cheeks. She uses digital techniques to create her pictures, which gives her more freedom to experiment with color and textures. She has also worked in gouache and watercolor.In her spare time, Marta loves playing with her three cats, walking in the woods, watching movies, and drinking a cup of coffee with her friends.

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