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The Tiniest Tiger
by Joanne L McGonagle   

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Category: 

Children

Publisher:  Booksurge ISBN-10:  1419684671 Type: 
Pages: 

52

Copyright:  2007 ISBN-13:  9781419684678
Fiction

Children and adults will revel in this charming and brilliantly told tale of a forlorn and scruffy little kitten with a black stained nose and a striped tail that tries to find a home among the “big” cats that reside at the local zoo. Young readers will especially delight in this truly literary and fully illustrated lesson that advocates the protection of endangered species. When a stray kitten loses her way and is displaced from the only alley she has ever known, she squeezes her tiny body under the fence at the zoo and begins a long and tireless hunt for a home. Her search leads her to a tiger and into a lion’s den by way of a cheetah, clouded leopard, puma, jaguar, bobcat, and an ocelot. She learns a lot about what she isn’t, but gets no closer to finding a home until she is spotted by the zookeeper’s daughter and learns that there is truly a special spot for every cat—even the tiniest tiger—under the sun.

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The Tiniest Tiger

Heartwarming and inspired, The Tiniest Tiger by new author Joanne McGonagle sparks young readers’ interest in conservation and endangered species. This children’s tale has a number of long tails—cat tails, that is. Truly a lot of fun, this educational reader boasts a lion’s lair of interesting and distinguishing large cat facts. From the irregular markings of the puma to the “Cleopatra eyeliner” of the ocelot, readers of all ages will learn a lot about what makes different cats unique.
 
Sort of like birds of a feather, big wild cats have a number of similarities with each other and their domesticated cousins. They also have a lot of differences. In this colorful debut, young readers learn about what makes big cats and not-so-big cats similar and not so similar. The book shows how even though all the animals in the story belong to the cat family, they all have unique and distinct qualities. Following the steps of a lost little kitten trying to find a home among the big cats at the zoo, readers will delight in interesting “big” cat facts and learn how the tiniest tiger finds a home. With a heart of gold and a little perseverance, the little kitten with a soot- stained nose and striped tail is ultimately discovered by a kindhearted girl who happens to be the zookeeper’s daughter. She and her family know a thing or two about providing a home to a big cat, a tiny kitten and everything in between.
Heartwarming and inspired, The Tiniest Tiger by new author Joanne McGonagle sparks young readers’ interest in conservation and endangered species. This children’s tale has a number of long tails—cat tails, that is. Truly a lot of fun, this educational reader boasts a lion’s lair of interesting and distinguishing large cat facts. From the irregular markings of the puma to the “Cleopatra eyeliner” of the ocelot, readers of all ages will learn a lot about what makes different cats unique.
 
Sort of like birds of a feather, big wild cats have a number of similarities with each other and their domesticated cousins. They also have a lot of differences. In this colorful debut, young readers learn about what makes big cats and not-so-big cats similar and not so similar. The book shows how even though all the animals in the story belong to the cat family, they all have unique and distinct qualities. Following the steps of a lost little kitten trying to find a home among the big cats at the zoo, readers will delight in interesting “big” cat facts and learn how the tiniest tiger finds a home. With a heart of gold and a little perseverance, the little kitten with a soot- stained nose and striped tail is ultimately discovered by a kindhearted girl who happens to be the zookeeper’s daughter. She and her family know a thing or two about providing a home to a big cat, a tiny kitten and everything in between.
Heartwarming and inspired, The Tiniest Tiger by new author Joanne McGonagle sparks young readers’ interest in conservation and endangered species. This children’s tale has a number of long tails—cat tails, that is. Truly a lot of fun, this educational reader boasts a lion’s lair of interesting and distinguishing large cat facts. From the irregular markings of the puma to the “Cleopatra eyeliner” of the ocelot, readers of all ages will learn a lot about what makes different cats unique.
 
Sort of like birds of a feather, big wild cats have a number of similarities with each other and their domesticated cousins. They also have a lot of differences. In this colorful debut, young readers learn about what makes big cats and not-so-big cats similar and not so similar. The book shows how even though all the animals in the story belong to the cat family, they all have unique and distinct qualities. Following the steps of a lost little kitten trying to find a home among the big cats at the zoo, readers will delight in interesting “big” cat facts and learn how the tiniest tiger finds a home. With a heart of gold and a little perseverance, the little kitten with a soot- stained nose and striped tail is ultimately discovered by a kindhearted girl who happens to be the zookeeper’s daughter. She and her family know a thing or two about providing a home to a big cat, a tiny kitten and everything in between.
 




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V.S. Grenier Stories for Children Magazine
REVIEWED BY: Wayne S. Walker
This delightful and nicely illustrated little book, which will please all animal, and especially cat, lovers, features a young kitten, with a black-stained pink nose, a short striped tail having a black tip, and irregular markings. She chases a butterfly out of the alley where she lives with other cats and gets lost at the zoo. While there, she asks various big cats if maybe she belongs with them, including the tiger, lion, cheetah, leopard, puma, jaguar, bobcat, and ocelot. Are any of them able to adopt her? Or will she ever find a home? The story has enough repetition to make it ideal for young readers. I agree with Jack Hanna's assessment: "The Tiniest Tiger is an endearing story about a confused little house cat who meets up with some really wild cats."

The book is not only fun to read but educational as well because it shows both the similarities and differences between the zoo cats and the kitten and it provides key facts for each of the different big cats, including their status on the endangered list. In addition to its increasing awareness of the need for conservation efforts, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of The Tiniest Tiger, the author's first book, will benefit projects for the protection of endangered wild cats in Africa, Asia, North America, and South America, through the Conservation Fund of the Columbus (OH) Zoo and Aquarium. I highly recommend it.


Midwest Book Review
By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) - See all my reviews

The Tiniest Tiger is a softcover picturebook about a kitten who becomes lost in a zoo, and befriends a number of her big cat distant relatives. Young readers get to learn about endangered cat species such as tigers, lions, ocelots, jaguars and more. At last the "tiniest tiger" kitten is adopted by the family of the zookeeper and befriends the domestic cat in their home. The gentle color illustrations and message of conservation make The Tiniest Tiger a wonderful giftbook for young cat lovers everywhere.


Don Blankenship Top 100 Amazon Reviewer
The Tiniest Tiger by Joanne L. McGonagle offers every thing I like in a children's book. It is quite readable, it is a great read along book, it gives the child lots of facts in a way that is palatable and the art work is "doable" and a joy to the eye. I enjoyed every page of this one.

The story, which is quite well written, is of a small, stray kitten that becomes lost and cannot find her litter mates. This happens while she is chasing butterflies, an obsession with kittens, I have noted. Our little cat happens to find herself at the local zoo and sees a sign stating she is at the "Big Cat Section." This is where the story actually begins. Our little lost kitten goes from big cat to big cat asking if she could join them as she has lost her way home and really has no where to stay. The author has used this as a vehicle to introduce us to endangered species of cats from around the world. Our little kitten visits the Tiger, Lion, Cheetah, Clouded Leopard, Puma, Jaguar, Bobcat and Ocelot. While all the big cats are friendly, they all reject her for one reason or another. Now for those of you who read my reviews, you know I am not into injecting "spoilers" into my little write-ups, so I won't here, but trust me; it all ends quite well for the little lost kitten.

There was much to like in this work and, as far as I am concerned, nothing to dislike. The author uses a straight forward s syntax that is easy to read and goes perfectly with the art work. Joanne McGonagle has provided information about each species cat visited, and has accomplished this in a way that leaves room for discussion with the children, while still giving them quite a lot of information right from the text. I did appreciate the fact that the author has introduced words that the average second, third or fourth grader may not be familiar with, ergo, we do not get the same old thing that the children have encountered in many previous books. This gives the individual reading the book with the child a good opportunity to discuss "words," which, for me, is one of the most important parts of the learning process. If the child is not challenged, the child loses, and trust me, becomes bored rather quickly. The story flows quite well, is logical and Ms. McGonagle, who must have a great sense of humor, has been able to slip some pretty cute stuff in here and there. I like that.

I loved the art work in this little book. Having read to literally hundreds of children, I have found that so often they are simply turned off by art that is too "photographic." By that, I mean, the child should be able to look at a picture, and in the back of their minds say "hey, I might be able to do that some day." I like the natural colors the author has used and the way the colors have been blended. When you are actually out in the bush, everything is blended, it flows, nothing is sharp. That is the way nature is. And the paintings in this work give us a feeling of actually being with the cats, in their natural surroundings, even if it is in a zoo. When I take kids on nature hikes, one of the things I stress is "LOOK." Works such as this get their little eyes and minds use to such things.

While this is a nice little story that is bound to appeal to children, it also addresses a most serious subject. Each year our big cat population in this world goes down and down. If we do not do something, and do it soon, we are going to simply be without these magnificent creatures. This, for me, is a horrible thought. We simply cannot start our children out young enough learning the seriousness of the situation. Works such as we have here, go along way in starting the process of making our children and grandchildren aware.

This is certainly a book that needs to the in the local and school library and in addition to that, should be made available in the gift shop of your local zoo. I highly recommend this one!

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks


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