Tiger in My Soup
by Kashmira Sheth; illustrated by Jeffery Ebbeler
32 pages; ages 4-8
theme: reading, imagination, and what can you do to get your sister to pay attention to you...
Today, my big sister is in charge of the house, the lunch, and me.What's a guy to do when his sister is too busy reading her own book to sit down and read to him? Especially his favorite book - the one about tigers? She's so engrossed in her novel that she doesn't see the tiger in the alphabet soup. She misses out on the chase scenes, the running-for-your-life scenes... indeed, all the action going on in the kitchen.
I hold up my book. "Will you read to me?" I ask.
"Not now," she says.
I love the imagination, the roaring, and most of all the spoon-wielding kid wearing a colander on his head - so like my own kids at that age.
Beyond the Book
Find wild animals in your soup. One of the games we used to play at lunchtime was finding words in alphabet soup. You can use alphabet cereal - or even scrabble tiles - but it's just so much more fun to spell out animals and eat them. Especially lions and tigers and bears (oh my).
Where Tigers really live - it's not a can of soup. This National Geographic Creature Feature has maps to show where tigers live, as well as cool facts and a great video of a tiger getting a bath.
It's also part of PPBF (perfect picture book Friday), an event in which bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. She keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. Review copy provided by publisher