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Pulling the Lion's Tail Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:0689803249
LANGUAGE:English

" Another great story from Jane Kurtz, demonstrating the value of patience and learning to love. Beautiful illustrations. " said.

" Her grandfather finds a clever way to help an impatient young Ethiopian girl get to know her father's new wife. Golden illustrations show Ethiopian culture and countryside. " said.

"The illustrations are quite lovely and very warm, but the story itself had some problems. I was a bit unclear about why Kibret was behaving the way she was in the story. If this is Ethiopian custom, that needed further explanation since I was fairly convinced we were dealing with a pretty horrible step-mother here. As for the grandfather suggesting that his granddaughter should learn to steal hair from the lion's tail, okay, it made a good story, but for crying out loud, shouldn't she be dead at this point? Comparing slowly getting a lion used to one's presence to slowly getting your step-mother to like you is, to put it mildly, a little disturbing, particularly since the story seemed to be realistic in all other aspects besides this. Maybe if a less lethal wild animal had been the focus (feathers from a bird's tail, maybe?), I wouldn't have received mixed signals from it. The students I was told to read it to were also confused." said.

" Another great story from Jane Kurtz, demonstrating the value of patience and learning to love. Beautiful illustrations. " said.

" Her grandfather finds a clever way to help an impatient young Ethiopian girl get to know her father's new wife. Golden illustrations show Ethiopian culture and countryside. " said.

"The illustrations are quite lovely and very warm, but the story itself had some problems. I was a bit unclear about why Kibret was behaving the way she was in the story. If this is Ethiopian custom, that needed further explanation since I was fairly convinced we were dealing with a pretty horrible step-mother here. As for the grandfather suggesting that his granddaughter should learn to steal hair from the lion's tail, okay, it made a good story, but for crying out loud, shouldn't she be dead at this point? Comparing slowly getting a lion used to one's presence to slowly getting your step-mother to like you is, to put it mildly, a little disturbing, particularly since the story seemed to be realistic in all other aspects besides this. Maybe if a less lethal wild animal had been the focus (feathers from a bird's tail, maybe?), I wouldn't have received mixed signals from it. The students I was told to read it to were also confused." said.

"The story upon which this picture book is based changes depending on the locale--it might be a tiger in Indian tales or a bear, as I have heard it told in a Native American version. In all, the story is a tale of patience and love discovered, and Kurtz paints this theme beautifully in LION'S TAIL.
In this version, set in Ethiopia, the story is told from the point of view of a little girl who feels left out when her father takes a new wife. The girl gets advice from her grandfather, and thus the tale is set in motion. What sets this apart from the traditional tellings is the strong character development, as well as the point of view.
Cooper's expressive illustrations set the mood for the story setting, as well as the images of the characters, beautifully. With Kurtz's well written prose, illustrations are hardly necessary, but wonderful icing on the cake.
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