3 out of 4 stars
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Abhi and her seven sisters couldn’t be more different; they live up to their mother’s expectations, while Abhi tends to march to the beat of her own drum. She says, “They each stand proper and tall, while I run wild and small.” Much to her mother’s dismay, she loves adventure and doesn’t mind getting dirty. One of the pictures shows Abhi holding two snakes with a joyful look on her face, while her mother looks horrified.
Abhi’s sisters seem to find pleasure in bullying her and convincing her to do dangerous things. One day, they tell her to go out into the jungle. “Don’t come out till we tell you, or you’re weak in the knees.” Of course, Abhi obliges, and her adventure begins. With not a care in the world, she ventures deep into the jungle where she meets a tiger and other creatures along the way.
The Tiger Like Me by Kelsey Lee is a children’s book that celebrates adventure and individuality. Abhi shows a tremendous amount of confidence for someone who is often the object of her siblings’ cruelty. Abhi is a likable protagonist who seems to have it all figured out. If she is ever afraid, she never shows it in the book as she proudly rises to all challenges.
I particularly adored the message the author was putting forth. Abhi encompassed a sense of courage and resilience, which is quite rare for someone her age. She seemed to be well-versed in dealing with adversity, and it didn’t hinder her search for happiness. When faced with something difficult, she remained hopeful. Abhi mused, “In the darkness of night, shoot for the moon. Always remember, the light returns soon.”
One thing that I found off-putting was the lack of conflict that Abhi experienced on her adventure. The jungle is home to many wild animals that have the potential to be very dangerous. The pictures show Abhi cuddling and petting a tiger, swinging with monkeys, and singing with the birds. The jungle is no place to throw caution to the wind; I think the author may have approached this situation too casually. I also found it odd that a few days seemed to pass, and no one came to look for Abhi; this seemed unrealistic.
The Tiger Like Me was beautifully illustrated with bright colors and friendly-looking characters, which made me smile. The book was error-free and professionally edited. I chose to give it a rating of three out of four stars. I deducted one star due to the shortcomings that I mentioned earlier.
Do you have a unique and fiercely independent child? If so, I would highly recommend The Tiger Like Me. Abhi is a lovable character who will resonate with like-minded youngsters!
The Tiger Like Me
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