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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tiger Tales

This is our fourth installment in the "Publishers" series. This week I've been talking about publishers that really stand out to me as producing consistently good reading materials. (See Part I, Part II, Part III.) One such publishing company is Tiger Tales. Tiger Tales really focuses on producing books that deal with character education in storybook format. I can't say my three year old has picked up on these, but it becomes obvious to older readers.

We have really enjoyed Tiger Tales around these parts, and have been particularly fond of the following books by Ruth Galloway (see my review of these books over at 5 Minutes for Books):




Smiley Shark is one of our top favorites and we like to read it while using our shark puppet which we've talked about before. As I've mentioned before, in the series by Ruth Galloway the lesson that the books focus on primarily are being confident and comfortable with your individual skills and talents. The way we would approach this is to say, "God made you unique and special and gave you particular skills and talents He meant for you to use." That is what most Tiger Tales books teach.

The illustrations in most Tiger Tales books are bright and cheerful, and also bold and simplistic appealing to even the youngest of readers. Their stories are brief and characters engaging. I've really been impressed at the quality of stories they have produced, from sea creatures to cuddly bears.

Their fall titles have recently been released and I have a few to review for you below.

What if you just can't go to sleep? Do you count sheep? That's what Emma tries to do in The 108th Sheep. She assumes and expects that she will be able to fall asleep by the time she gets to the number ten. However, she is surprised to discover herself still awake at sheep number 107. The problem intensifies when it is discovered that, try as he might, the 108th sheep doesn't have the strength it takes to leap over the bed! Some problem solving must take place in order to get the weak little sheep over the bed before Emma finally falls asleep. Written and illustrated by Ayano Imai, this is a simple story, which has a familiar ring to it, but enough of a twist to keep the reader engaged and interested.

We pulled My Favorite Michael out of the box it came in and read it three times straight. We would have read it again, but I quickly distracted my young reader with a different activity! (I enjoy reading good books multiple times, but not straight in a row!) In My Favorite Michael we meet a young boy who decides that it would be fun to dress up as someone else. First he dresses up as his daddy and "goes to work." Then he decides he needs a vacation and dresses up as a knight and saves the princess (his sister) from the dragon (his dog). Eventually though the princess has to take a nap and so Michael decides he'll be a pirate and steal some booty from the Captain of the ship (i.e., a cookie from his mommy). Cute, cute story which, of course, concludes with the idea that mommy's favorite person is Michael himself. We both really liked this one and will no doubt read it again. Many times over. (As an additional note, the next morning Daddy told me that My Favorite Michael was the requested reading of the morning and daddy himself read it three times straight as well! Obviously, this book is a hit and we like the message.)

One of our favorite titles from last year's offerings from Tiger Tales is A Magical Christmas. Mommy loves this one. It sparkles. Oh yes! Covered in mice, each one taking the time to describe what they think is so magical about Christmastime, this book is a true holiday delight and one I plan on reading multiple times this Christmas season. Love it, love it! (P.S. It sparkles.)



In the meantime, here are some other Tiger Tales books that we have enjoyed that you might find yourself drawn to also:



29 comments:

Hull.Margaret said...

What cute books, and interesting stories. Love the look of Magical Christmas.
Penny
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Annette said...

Well of course I'm interested in a children's book recommended by you!

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Marielle said...

I just discovered your sight and I'm loving it so far. As a mom to 4 boys between 4 months and 9 yrs of age we read a variety of books. Hope I win!
Marielle

Abi said...

I love children's books. Cool. Please enter me in the drawing. I'd love to win one of these books. Thanks.

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Page Turner said...

These look like such fun and educational books to add to our library! Please enter me, too.

SandyM204 said...

What adorable books! My daughter in law is trying to get a lot of books to fill up Lily's bookcase. She would love these. Lily just turned 3 and already has a passion for reading (well, being read to, lol).
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Winning Readings said...

I'm very interested! These look like fun books!

We posted about the giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/11/tiger-tales-books.html

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Katie said...

These look like great giveaway titles... I'd love to receive one!

Julie said...

I would love to add these books to my library ;)

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*carrie* said...

These books look great--please enter us!

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I'd love some new reading material for my son and these look great! Thank you for the chance to win!

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Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

I have my own dress-up characters! These days I'm being hunted by the posse (no one else wants to be the bad guy) or catching fly-balls in the outfield (well, as outfield as our fenced in backyard will allow). We've also slayed a few dragons with a sword. :)

All that to say My Favorite Michael would be a big hit around my house.

Nathan & Alison said...

I love kids books and I would love to win these! It doesn't hurt that my son is named Michael either. ;-) I think I might have to get him My Favorite Michael anyway.

Marks of Faith said...

I love the fidgety fish book...a great book I owe you thanks for introducing us too!!! : )

wmmahaney said...

These would be a perfect gift for my son this Christmas.
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Jake Lsewhere said...

These look like good books, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
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Barb said...

What great books for children. I would love to have them to read to my grandson. Please enter me in the giveaway.


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Julie said...

These look like great children's books. I hadn't heard of that publisher before, so thank you for introducing me. I would love to win one of them!

Julie =)
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Shawntele said...

Sparkles and snowmen...right up my daughters alley!! I would love to be entered into your drawing, thank you. :)

shelburns said...

I have recently found Tiger Tales myself and they are adorable books! I love Christmas themed books and would enjoy adding this one to my collection. Thanks for the chance!

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

MJ said...

I'd love these for my kindergarten class.

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plb8156 said...

My kids would love these. Thanks for a chance
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Sue said...

I love cute books! Thanks for the giveaway.

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juli said...

these books look sweet-would love to add them to our library
juli
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Dolphin Girl said...

I would love to share these books with my kids

Bethie said...

These look great. Please count me in.

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Joannof10 said...

These look like wonderful books--count me in :-)

Megan said...

These would be wonderful books to win!

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Kirsten said...

I would love to win!

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