"In 1983, François Bissonnette, created the early versions of the Zirons. But it was not until 1998, a few years after the birth of his two daughters, that the author published his first book of Zirons. And lucky for all that he has embraced a new direction. These little stories involve imagination, realism, surrealism, and magic and are bound to be favorites of children throughout the world.
THE TIGER, THE PEASANT AND THE DOG shares the tale of a tiger caught in a cage. The tiger pleads with the peasant to let him out, but the peasant fears that if he does the tiger will eat him. The tiger pleads but the peasant walks away until he hears the tiger sobbing so he gives in and releases the tiger - who immediately attacks him because he is hungry form being locked up. The peasant pleads for is life - he must take care of his mother and brothers. The tiger decides that he will spare the peasant if he can question three things and if one believes him, he will be spared. He asks a banana tree who tells the peasant to accept his fate, and the response comes from the water buffalo and the road, and finally the peasant comes in contact with a Golden Retriever who asked to meet the tiger and assess the situation. The Golden Retriever tricks the tiger with questions until the tiger, frustrated, enters the cage to satisfy the dog's questions and bingo! The tiger is once again caged and the peasant is saved.
Not only is the story well written, but also it is accompanied by very fine color photographs which enhance the stories by making them seem more real. Excellent models - both human and animal - makee the story terrific. This is a very fine book for children on many levels. Grady Harp, October 14" Grady Harp said.
"The story of The Tiger, The Peasant, and the Dog is a wonderful tale with lessons of listening to others and empathy. When the peasant had empathy for the trapped tiger, it almost cost him his life. He had to find someone who believed that the tiger should spare his life or else face his death. The peasant spoke to three things: a banana tree, buffalo, and the road. The author gives an interesting perception of the "life" of some inanimate objects, so young readers can imagine what it must be like for something that realistically does not speak to us. The ending is a twist for children and comes to a satisfying end. It was a good bedtime story for my daughter and is a good story for reading anytime." Rachel Horon said.
"Well they say you aren't handed a book with the baby, but maybe that line of thinking needs to change. Perhaps a copy of this cute, entertaining and ultimately growth encouraging book, Needs to get put into the welcome baby basket.
These little vignette stories are a great example for young kids if you are trying to teach empathy, self-responsibility and a bunch of other character traits we want developed as human beings in our off springs.
Well written with cute images throughout I found the book to do for my Grands what children’s literature is supposed to do and that simply put is to encourage a love and passion for reading. In order to expand their minds, lives and evolve into good well versed caring people. There is a place in this world for Author Francois Bissonnette work, job well done." CC said.
"Interesting book for kids and adults to share teaching a bit of common sense and a fun story. The pictures are actual photographs that should up children's curiosity and give ebven more topics to share and learn about." P.S. Winn said.
"This story teaches kids an important lesson and proves Golden Retrievers are some of the best dogs to have. Illustrated with photos. A cute tale with a nice, surprising ending." Pat McConnell said.