One Happy Tiger
by Catherine Rayner
Tiger Tales, 2017
A hard-bound, toddler-proof, beautifully illustrated counting book featuring a happy-to-be-alive tiger. It’s so perfect, your toddler will want to carry it around and read it again and again.
The book begins with “One sad tiger sitting alone.” Then the tiger meets two friends, “One thoughtful tiger and two bright bugs.” As the tiger meets new friends or explores new items, we explore his feelings as we count to ten. Award-winning artist Catherine Rayner’s illustrations capture the heart. They are simple, relaxing on the eyes, and somehow exquisite. The tiger is friendly-looking and happy to meet and greet the world. The book gently introduces insects, birds, feelings, and numbers.
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Sleep Like A Tiger
by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
Caldecott Honor Book
A clever bedtime story where the parents agree with the child who says she’s “not tired.” “They nodded their heads and said she didn’t have to go to sleep. But she had to put her pajamas on.” And she did. She learned that, yes, everyone slept. Her dog slept, her cat slept, her whale, snail and bat slept. And she learned the tiger slept the most so he could be strong. After she learned of many animals slept, one by one, she copied each animal. She snuggled deep like a bear, she folded her arms like a bat, and she curled up like a snail. And finally she slept like a tiger. A gentle way to go to sleep.
The illuminous illustrations by Caldecott award-winner Pamela Zagarenski complete the book with patterns, textures, and wheels moving the listener to sleep. They make the book an art piece and a pleasure to study. A comforting, nurturing story for bedtime.
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