Young Lee wants to save the tiger that his fellow villagers set out to kill, so he wishes bad luck on the hunter, until he finds out that this special hunter shoots with a camera instead of a gun.
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Grade 2-4-- Ancient beliefs and wildlife preservation form the conflict in this beautifully crafted story set in rural China. Rumors abound that a tiger has been sighted near a village and that a famous hunter is nearby. Lee, a young boy, struggles with his feelings as villagers discuss killing the animal for its skin and for meat they believe will make them brave. Suspense builds as the creature is tracked and shot, not with a gun, but with a camera. The hunter returns empty-handed and leaves the existence of a tiger open to villagers' speculation, but he winks at Lee, allowing him to share the secret that readers already know. Double-page watercolor landscapes in softly muted tones form the background for realistically illustrated people and animals. A final closeup of the tiger at ease in the wild is especially effective. The eloquent text skillfully maintains excitement and tension while subtly providing information about tiger habitat and behavior. A fact sheet and information regarding efforts to protect this animal complete the book. A sensitive, thought-provoking story that succeeds in capturing the emotions of a child struggling to balance the reality of survival and tradition with the wish to leave an animal unharmed--a theme that is universal. --Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
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Book Description Candlewick, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111564020835
Book Description Candlewick, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1564020835