Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Dorje's Stripes by Anshumani Ruddra, illustrated by Gwangjo and Jung-a Park
The watercolors are attractive, but I found it difficult to picture an audience for this story. The message is heavy-handed and although the story ends with hope, it rings false, since there's no information given about how the tigers are supposed to survive. Is Tibet a suitable place for a tiger sanctuary? Are the tigers supposed to save themselves, as Dorje and assumedly the new female tiger, do?
Verdict: The watercolor illustrations are lovely, but the story is too meandering and mystical for my taste. I'd rather see either a straightforward fiction picture book about tigers or a factual presentation of their current status and ways kids can help, if the book is being targeted to kids.
ISBN: 9781935279983; Published March 2011 by Kane Miller; Review copy provided by library