I have never really been a tiger fan. Now, do not get me wrong, I really think they are magnificent creatures. But never said, “I LOVE TIGERS!
I picked up National Geographic Readers: Tigers by Laura Marsh as it was a damaged copy at work. But it was still readable. And I was “Oh nice, an easy reader on tigers.” And was expecting a few facts.
Instead I got a lot of facts, really bad jokes (what do you get when you cross a tiger and a sheep? A striped sweater!) and some wonderful photographs.
I guess I should have expected a lot from National Geographic. However, I do not expect a lot from a level two book. But, my pet peeve about levels and books raised its ugly head again. It is not a level two. It is a 2.5 level. There is more than what I consider easy for a level two. Yet, my pet peeve is there is NO uniformity with levels between publishers. And sometimes, there is no uniformity within the same publisher. This would be for a strong first grader to low third (very low, granted, but still not too “babyish” for that older reader.)
The book is a straight forward, fun paperback book for the kid who likes animals, tigers or just non-fiction. There is nothing WOW special about it, but I enjoyed it and might look at it again. I like the realism of it (it shows that tiger is a meat eater, but not in a graphic manner) and there is a lot going on without being overwhelming.