Why did we select this book?
We chose this book because the engaging story and bold illustrations were made for your family in a little studio in Camden, Maine, by the talented Chris Van Dusen.
He depicts 19th-century Isle au Haut with minute detail and larger doses of humor. Readers will find many laughs in the rhyming text and much excitement as the tiger saves a child from a sudden fire.
When the animals are hidden from the circus owner with clever camouflage, the reader is in for a search and find surprise. The creatures are so well disguised that each new discovery of an animal is a small victory for your soon-to-be reader. Victories and discoveries like this build strong relationships between your child and books.