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Tiger Tales Books Teach

September 17, 2013

Posted by Barb Knight

We are pleased to announce that one of our E-Reviewers, Kristi from Kristi’s Book Nook, has put together two guides for Hands off My Honey! by Jane Chapman, illustrated by Tim Warnes—a Common Core State Standards Discussion and Activity Guide, and a Reading and Activity Guide, to add to our list of Teaching Guides. Kristi is among a group of folks who preview Tiger Tales titles each season and post their reviews. Thank you, Kristi, for sharing your work with us!

Post a comment on this blog or on the Tiger Tales Facebook page-www.facebook.com/tigertales-and you’ll be entered to win two copies of Hands off My Honey!-one copy to keep, and one to give to a teacher! We’ll draw the name on September 30, 2013.

Tiger Tales Books Teach by Guest Blogger Kristi from Kristi’s Book Nook

Tiger Tales Books share some of the most creative and fun stories any child would love. Tiger Tales books offer lively and colorful illustrations that teach children to recognize colors, shapes, letters, numbers, and even animals and objects. Some stories have snappy rhymes that allow the words to roll off the tongue, thereby creating a unique and fun reading experience. But that isn’t all these wonderful books can do. Parents and teachers will be impressed with how these books build knowledge and comprehension through application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

What does this all mean? Stories all have a common thread. They put readers into situations where they have to recognize a character’s problem and see how it is solved. Readers will learn to identify motives and causes by compiling information and possibly coming up with their own alternative solutions. At the end of the story, readers can make judgments about what they’ve read and validate the idea of the ending and present their own opinion about the story. If you think this might be a bit much for your young reader, all you have to do is try it.

I put this theory to the test with one of my favorite Tiger Tales books by Jane Chapman, Hands off My Honey! If you look at the front and back covers, you can see the characters that will be found inside the pages. The images imply what the story could be about. Once inside the pages, readers will soon discover that the characters found on the back cover are plotting and planning to get the honey from the bear, and one is afraid. What the reader will have to figure out is whether or not the bear is scary or friendly. The front cover may give it away.

You may not realize it, but when you sit down to read one of these wonderful books from Tiger Tales, you are already asking your reader about the cover, the title, and what they think the story is about. As your child flips through the pages, he or she will have discovered the what, when, where, how, and why of the story. This can happen by just looking at the pictures. Soon, he or she will recognize and learn the words, too. The most important thing to remember is to just have fun and enjoy the story together. 


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  • Jennifer

    Hoping to win! Thank you!
  • Seth

    Hands off My Honey looks like a great book, and I'd love to add it to my collection. Hoping to win a copy!
  • Saba

    I really enjoyed the post, Kristi. I really enjoy Tiger Tales Books, thank you for introducing them to me. I can't thank you enough for the excellent reviews and resources you provide on your website.
  • theresa

    Like what you said about the pictures drawing the children in and making it easier to learn the words.
  • Kristi

    This is so awesome! Thanks so much for sharing my article. Hands Off My Honey is my new favorite Tiger Tales title.
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