Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Lizzy Stewart
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Nora is bored at Grandma’s house. That is, until Grandma claims that her garden houses a tiger, giant dragonflies, and a grumpy polar bear. At first she is skeptical and thinks that Grandma is just playing a game of make-believe. Nora decides to venture into the garden and prove Grandma wrong. What she sees surprises her—especially when she comes face-to-face with a friendly tiger!
There’s a Tiger in the Garden is a charming story about the power of the unexpected and the wonders of make-believe. The books’s illustrations are an integral part of the story, and glimpses of the tiger’s tail help propel the story forward. The book begs the question “what is real?” and indeed, Nora does ask the tiger how to tell what’s real and what is not. This explanation of real and imaginary things may confuse younger children, but older children should find the idea intriguing.