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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Last updated Sunday, January 8, 2017

Author: Peter Brown
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 0316200638
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2017

Synopsis: From School Library Journal:
Mr. Tiger lives in a perfectly fine world of prim and proper ladies and gentlemen. One day, the stiff suits, dainty teas, and Victorian manners begin to bore him… and he has a very wild idea. This "it's okay to be different" story stands out from other picture books on the topic thanks to Brown's delightfully clever illustrations and masterful compositions. From the tiger-striped cover that begs to be petted to the ingenious pops of bright orange amid muted browns and grays, the award-winning illustrator does not disappoint. Children will appreciate Mr. Tiger's transformation and the way his friends eventually accept his (and their own) uniqueness.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What does it mean to "go wild"?
•  What do you think Mr. Tiger will do if he "goes wild"?
•  What is different about Mr. Tiger on the cover?


•  patience - the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset
•  wilderness - a wild and natural area in which few people live
•  magnificent - very good; excellent

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why did Mr. Tiger not like about being so proper? (he was bored)
•  How does Mr. Tiger look different than everyone else in the city? (he is bright orange & everyone else is brown/grey).
•  What was Mr. Tiger's wild idea? (to walk on all four legs, chase others & roar)
•  How did Mr. Tiger go too far? (he got undressed & jumped into a fountain)
•  How was the wilderness different than the city?
•  Why did Mr. Tiger go back to the city?
•  What had changed in the city?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw a city-scape with animals on one side of paper & draw a picture of the wilderness on the other side. Use cut-out blocks of grey/brown for the buildings & lots of colorful foliage & animals for the wild side. Use more cut-out shapes to layer.
•  Draw lines dividing a page into 3 or 4 parts. Add a picture of yourself or a favorite animal in part with different settings & outfits.
•  Check out our January craft ideas on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/january-2017-mystery-adventure/

Special activities:
•  Act like Mr. Tiger in the city by standing straight & proper, then act a little wild by crawling.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!