Lari Don was born in Chile and brought up in Scotland. She has worked in politics and for the BBC, but now spends her time passing on old stories and making up new ones. She is a traditional storyteller, as well as an award-winning children's author, whose love of myths, legends and fables inspires her fiction. Lari lives in Edinburgh with her family and has also written Little Red Riding Hood for Barefoot Books. Melanie Williamson draws her pictures in a cosy studio in Manchester and loves all things bright and quirky. She doesn't have a pet tiger, but her cat looks just like a snow leopard...and he can swim! This is her first project with Barefoot Books.
PreS-Gr 3-These retellings provide just the right balance of print and illustration, and repetitive texts make them good choices for fairly proficient readers. Life lessons are woven into the narratives and illustrations, providing good material for discussions. In Tiger, a merchant on his way to market happens upon a tiger stuck in a pit. He stops and rescues the animal, only to have it threaten to eat him in return for his kindness. An argument ensues over the repayment of good deeds with bad ones and the fairness of life in general. An ox, a tree, and finally a hare are called in to settle the disagreement, and the tale comes to a humorous and satisfying ending. In Tortoise's Gift, the animals are trying to survive a terrible drought. One by one, they go to the mountain for the magic word to make a tree grow fruit. Pride, forgetfulness, and distraction prevent them from remembering the magic word necessary to achieve the desired results. Finally, the slow and steady tortoise saves the day.-Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.