This book kept popping up in conversation while I was at Teachers College in New York City so when I stumbled upon it at Half Price Books, I knew I had to give it a shot. Even if I don’t like animal books. This relatively short and unassuming book is so far from what I had expected to be. Yes, I read it in a day, which is easy to do, but days later I keep coming back to it trying to figure out what this thing meant or why the character would have said something. Because of all of the thoughts it spurred in my head, I cannot wait to use it as a read aloud with my students. I wonder what they will think of this little story about a boy, a girl, and a tiger locked in a cage.
Bottomline: This is a great book that looks simple but has many layers to it. Great read for 3rd grade and up.
Walking through the misty Florida woods one morning, twelve-year-old Rob Horton is stunned to encounter a tiger – a real-life, very large tiger – pacing back and forth in a cage. What’s more, on the same extraordinary day, he meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other, and ultimately, to be friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things – like memories, and heartaches, and tigers – can’t be locked up forever.