Augustus the tiger was sad. And he had lost his smile. So he did a huge tigery stretch and set off to find it. Stunning illustrations celebrate the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings us when we open our eyes to it. An imaginative book for children who love to explore the world around them.
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Catherine Rayner is inspired by her own pets in her writing and illustrating, and sometimes uses them as models-her horse, Shannon; guinea pig, Marvin; dog, Ellie; and two goldfish, Bruce and Sheila. She holds degrees in visual communications and illustration.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2–Augustus the tiger has lost his smile. Not knowing where to find it, he begins a quest that takes him all over the world. He explores jungles, deserts, and oceans while searching for it, and finally finds it by looking in a pool of water. He comes to the realization that all of the things he has experienced will bring back his missing smile any time he thinks of them. Rayner has created a simple, poetic story that will have children speculating about what makes them feel good. The underlying theme of the enjoyment of the natural world will also help them articulate what parts they like best. The art matches the simplicity of the large-print text. Each spread has shapes or creatures that symbolize the area that the protagonist is currently visiting (large overlapping leaves for the jungle, a school of fish for the ocean, etc.). The illustrations work well with the spare narrative, giving viewers an idea of the expanse of the environments without becoming cluttered. The settings are soothing and majestic in contrast to the tiger's movement and energy. This book will suit storytimes, where children will smile along with Augustus.–Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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Book Description Mantra Lingua, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111846113628