Tyger, tyger burning bright

January 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo; published by Candlewick Press, Cambridge, MA; 2001.

Rob Horton and Sistine Bailey are unlikely friends—he is a quiet “sissy” and she is an outspoken tomboy.  However, they share devastating pain caused by the loss of a parent.  They also share a secret, a brightly burning tiger caged in the woods.  Through artistic expression (poetry, painting, sculpture) they find inner strength to rise up from their own anguish and try to set a tiger free of his.

This book followed Because of Winn-Dixie, DiCamillo’s debut novel and Newbery Award winner.  Her sophomore novel was recognized as a National Book Award finalist.  DiCamillo sure knows how to write a book!

I am deeply moved by all of DiCamillo’s novels and this was no exception.    I think this would be a wonderful book to use with an upper elementary (fourth and/or fifth grade) book discussion group.  A plethora of activities are available on the Web for this book and I’d use some online museum exhibits to explore the Sistine Chapel and the poetry of Robert Burns as extension activities with a discussion of this book.

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