Did you know that the tiger is the world’s favourite animal? A recent poll conducted in several countries together proves this. Everybody seems to love this magnificent striped beast. They’re just beautiful to look at and can be watched for hours and hours. This post is dedicated to the tiger.
Below is a list of 5 tiger story books you will enjoy reading:-
1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Ages 13 and up
Pi is a boy with who has got something every kid would want. He’s got his own zoo. His father owns a zoo where he can go in at anytime and do almost everything he wants to. He’s very happy with his life, his friends and the zoo, but then things change. His family decides to emigrate to Canada. Pi isn’t happy with this decision, but he’s got to go with it anyway.
So the whole family Pi, his mother and his father set off on a voyage after selling most of their animals. They take some of the animals with them as they plan to deliver them to their new homes on their way to Canada. On board everything seems fine at first, but then a storm occurs and the ship sinks. Pi manages to rescue himself by getting into a lifeboat where there is a hyena, an orang-utan, a zebra and a tiger.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a well written book which, children and adults will enjoy reading. It’s written the first person. Yann Martel brings out his imagination with very good writing. The story has a lot to do with tigers too. Trust, fear and loneliness are some of the emotions that will run through you, when you read this book.
2. Tiger, Tiger by Lynne Reid Banks
Ages 13 and up
Two tiger cubs are poached from the jungle and are shipped to Rome. The smaller shy cub “Boots” is gifted to Caesar’s 12 year old daughter Aurelia, while the bigger more ferocious cub “Brute” is sent to the Colosseum. Boots has a pampered life at the castle, while Brute on the other hand is caged and tortured in the dark and is trained to fight.
One day Aurelia and her cousin Marcus play a prank on Boots keeper Julius, who is a slave. They hide Boots, so that they can fool Julius into thinking that Boots has escaped, but Boots actually ends up escaping. Now it’s necessary for Julius to find Boots, as if he doesn’t he is going to be in a lot of trouble.
A very well written book which expresses, love, brotherhood, and faithfulness. Lynne Reid Banks shows us the history of Rome with all its slavery and cruelty towards people and animals in “Tiger, Tiger”. If you like tigers or any animal you will really like reading this book. You will also like reading this book a lot more if you have got an interest in history.
3. Tigers at Twilight (Magic Tree House, No. 19) by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca
Ages 9 and up
Magic Tree house is a series of books where Brother and Sister Jack and Annie discover a tree house in the woods near their house. In this tree house there’s a library full of books and they can point to a destination in any of these books and they will be teleported there instantly. In this particular book they are made to go to India so that they can find a gift which will help them free the dog Teddy. Here they also have to free a tiger which is stuck in a trap…
Tigers at Twilight by Mary Pope Osborne is, a very entertaining book filled with adventure. You will enjoy reading this book even if you don’t read the other books in the series, but you will want to read the series after you finish reading this one. You also get to know a lot about India and its forests and animals when you read this book.
4. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Ages 9 and up
A baby is found all alone in the forest and is raised by a family of wolves, Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the panther. This baby grows up to be a healthy boy named Mowgli. He spends his time hunting and eating with the animals and goes on amazing adventures with them. Then all of Mowgli’s friends start to worry about him, as they find out that Shere Khan the tiger wants to hunt him.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard is a very entertaining book to read. Rudyard Kipling brings the forest to life in this book. The way Mowgli is raised and all his adventures make you wish that you were lost in the forest too. If you’re a fan of forests and wildlife you should read this book.
5. The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
Ages 9 and Up
Rob Horton is a troubled lonely kid. Other Kids at school bully over him, his mother’s dead and he lives with his father in a hotel. This loneliness leads him to the woods behind the Motel where he finds a caged tiger. This tiger helps him forget about his dead mother and his itchy legs. He also makes a friend Sistine later, who he gets really close to and he tells her about the caged tiger. Now Sistine wants to help him free the tiger.
Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo, is a very entertaining book that will make your emotions pour out. You will go through phases of loss, loneliness, pain and eventually friendship and happiness when you read this book. One thing though the book is mainly focused on the boy and not on the tiger, but nonetheless still entertaining.
Have you read any of these books? Which one’s your favourite? Let me know if I have missed out your favourite book.