Reviews for Flora and Tiger : 19 Very Short Stories from My Life


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
These ""very short stories"" are closer to anecdotes, autobiographical fragments of Carle's encounters with creatures great (bears drunk on fermented apples) and small (a wasp invading Carle's trousers). Some are funny, some nostalgic; all are rendered as low-key reminiscences that often trail away in the end. Spot art, collage paintings of Carle's inimitable animals grace the well-designed pages, but the audience for the book seems more likely to be adult fans than children. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1998 January
Gr 4 Up?Carle shares a bit of himself in this collection of vignettes. In his words, "The stories...from various places and times...have three things in common: animals or insects, friends or relatives, and me." Nineteen short stories, each no more than three pages and sparsely illustrated by the author, allow readers glimpses into the artist's life. They meet his grandparents who argued about a hen that might have been a rooster. Carle reminisces about exploring the countryside with his father or making the horrible and painful discovery that a wasp is trapped in his trousers. These stories are gentle wanderings through his life rather than a biography in linear form. Some take place in Germany and some in the United States; they range in time from childhood during World War II to the present. The sketches are sometimes moving, sometimes funny, and sometimes uplifting. Flora and Tiger is an intimate portrait that provides a picture of this popular illustrator. A super addition to any study of Carle or his work.?Jane Claes, T. J. Lee Elementary School, Irving, TX

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