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The tale of the tiger slippers, Jan Brett

Label
The tale of the tiger slippers
Title
The tale of the tiger slippers
Statement of responsibility
Jan Brett
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A retelling of a folktale about how a pair of magical slippers always find their way back to the tiger whose mother made them for him
  • Set in India, this gorgeous reimagining of the classic Middle Eastern folk tale "Abu Kassem's Slippers" features a poor tiger cub who is a very hard worker. His mother weaves him slippers to protect his feet from stones and thorns, and they allowed him to prosper--first making bricks, then building houses, and eventually becoming very wealthy. He continues to wear them until someone questions why such a prominent person would wear such worn shoes. Feeling embarrassed, Tiger tries to get rid of the slippers, but fate keeps bringing them back. -- amazon.com
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Review
  • In a graphically sumptuous tale, Brett (The Mitten) puts her own creative hallmark on a Persian folktale, “Abu Kassem’s Slippers.” The mother of a bighearted Bengal tiger stitches him a pair of slippers to spare his feet as he works tirelessly around their makeshift home under a banyan tree. Her pledge that the shoes “will protect and guide you” proves true: while wearing them, the tiger spies a bank of white clay, which he molds into bricks to build a house for his mother, later making his fortune constructing clay structures “all over the land,” including a beautiful edifice for his future bride. Brett’s understated narrative belies the opulence of her watercolor and gouache paintings, which feature detailed images of elegantly clad animals, lush vegetation, and the tiger’s arresting architecture (including the diminutive tabernacle he builds as a final resting spot for his enchanted slippers). Gemstones and intricate patterns adorn Brett’s signature sidebar art and borders, capping off this visual extravaganza, whose pièce de résistance is a peacock fanning dazzling plumage. A richly imagined tale of love, diligence, and kindness rewarded. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 07/01/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 26, p)
  • A retelling of a Persian folktale substituting tigers for people. A tiger cub lives in a stately home built by its father. In the center of the vast gardens there is a fountain that, to the surprise of the tiger cub's friends, contains a pair of worn-out slippers. When the cub's friends ask why the slippers are there, the tiger's father explains that when he was younger, he and his mother were impoverished. His mother—the tiger cub's grandmother—made the slippers for him as an act of love. As the tiger grew older, wealthier, and more successful, he was repeatedly told that his worn, old slippers were not appropriate for his new station in life. Although he agreed, no matter how many times he tried to get rid of his slippers, they always managed to find a way back to him. Eventually, the tiger's uncle helps him find a way to keep his slippers—and his memories of his past—without sacrificing his future. Done in Brett's signature, paneled style, the book's illustrations, while vibrant, read more like Western picture-book illustrations than the Mughal miniature style the author claims as her inspiration. Furthermore, although they are beautifully detailed, at times, the number of panels makes the pages feel crowded. The text is well paced, but Brett's choice to retell the folktale using animals instead of people comes across as exoticizing at a time when the current Indian government is systematically erasing Muslim, particularly Mughal, history. It's pretty, but it falls far short of authenticity. (Picture book. 3-5) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10805209
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brett, Jan
Dewey number
  • 398.2
  • E
  • 398.20955
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tiger
  • Shoes
  • Folklore
  • Tiger
  • Shoes
  • Folklore
Target audience
primary
Label
The tale of the tiger slippers, Jan Brett
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1048049533
Dimensions
25 x 31 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780399170744
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2018028947
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1048049533
Label
The tale of the tiger slippers, Jan Brett
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1048049533
Dimensions
25 x 31 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780399170744
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2018028947
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1048049533

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