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Global Tiger Day is held every year on the 29th
July with the aim of raising awareness and support for tiger conservation. We’re
fans of cats big and small here at UWTSD Swansea libraries, so in honour of the
humble moggy’s formidable cousin, here are our top five books about tigers.
They’re grrrreat! (See what we did there?)
Tiger Who Came to Tea, by Judith Kerr – surely the best book about a tiger that’s
ever been! If you’re not familiar with the story (and if you’re not we
recommend you give yourself a treat and take a look as soon as you can), it
revolves around Sophie and her unexpected and very hungry houseguest. A real
of Pi, by Yann Martel – recently made into a successful film, this captivating
tale sees a tiger, an orang-utan, a zebra, a hyena and a teenage boy (Pi) adrift
together in a lifeboat out at sea. It probably isn’t giving too much away to
say that they do not make for a band of happy shipmates! Don’t worry about the plausibility,
just let yourself get carried away on Pi’s journey.
House at Pooh Corner, by A. A. Milne – Who could forget Tigger, the bounciest,
most exuberant tiger of all? He’s so much a part of the gang with Pooh Bear,
Piglet, Eeyore and the rest that it’s hard to believe he didn’t appear in the
first book, Winnie-the-Pooh, at all! He arrives in the forest and has breakfast
in this follow up and soon makes his presence felt. He can be a little
overbearing at times, but that’s the wonderful thing about Tiggers!
and his Smile, by Catherine Rayner – Augustus the tiger has lost his smile and
he’s quite sad about it, so after a “HUGE tigery stretch”, off he goes to find
it. A gorgeous picture book that reminds us that happiness is there for the
taking if we just go and look for it. Fabulous!
Tiger, by Melvin Burgess – Yorkshire is the unlikely setting of this book,
where we find Lila the Spirit-Tiger transforming herself into a young girl in
order to wreak revenge on those involved in a massacre at Malham Tiger Park.
Another one where you’ll need to suspend your disbelief and immerse yourself in
the story! Well worth it.