"The Tiger's Egg"
By Nele Brönner
*Grade Level: PS-2
*Publisher: NorthSouth Books
*Pub. Date: Sept. 4, 2018
About the book
This delightful book will pull at your heartstrings. A crotchety tiger named Herman is in a very bad mood. He lives in a zoo and his neighbours are driving him crazy trying to show which one of them is strongest so Herman retreats to the roof of his tiger house to find some peace and quiet. Plink!! Something falls from the sky and hits him on the head. Oh my! He discovers it's not his neighbours slinging pebbles at him but it's an egg. How curious!
Little by little crusty Herman's heart starts to melt as he begins nurturing this little egg to fruition. He tenderly wraps his soft, furry tail around it to give it warmth and comfort.
He proceeds to build a nest, collecting pieces of straw. He even goes so far as to pluck the softest hairs form his chest to make a soft cushion for inside. He protects it more by pushing it under a bush so he can trot off to have his breakfast. On his return he finds the egg is in hatching mode and finds himself in a state of both disbelief and excitement. A baby bird with big feet emerges from the shell and immediately has his beak open wanting food.
Herman's parental skills kick in and he goes off to hunt for food for his little charge. He gathers grasshoppers, beetles, larvae, caterpillars, flies, worms, spiders and a tick. He teaches the tiny. bird the art of self-defence by showing him how to roar ferociously. He calls the sweet hatchling his little tiger bird.
This book is a testament to the power of love and the profound difference it can make in both parties involved despite their differences. The colour pallet is one of celebration and is a party of vibrant colours, emotions and activity. It teaches kids that caring for others is very important in our world and reaching out to others can literally sustain and change lives. I highly recommend this book.
Nele Brönner was born in Marburg an der Lahn, Germany , and lives in Berlin, where she works as an illustrator, freelance artist, and comic strip cartoonist. She studied visual communications at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Politecnico and the Accademia Brera in Milan, Italy. In 2016 she was awarded the Serafina Prize for young talent in children’s literature. The Tiger's Egg is her first picture book for NorthSouth.
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