The Dancing Tiger by Malachy Doyle
  

The Dancing Tiger

Written by Malachy Doyle
Illustrated by Lou Fancher, Steve Johnson

3+ readers   
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Luminous paintings convey a magical night time atmosphere full of dreams, hopes and possibilities and a sense of ‘forever’, even when things are changing. A little girl dances joyously through the seasons with a ‘quiet and gentle tiger’. They meet when the moon is full and, bathed in its ethereal light, they skip through the bluebells, high-kick the autumn leaves and, as winter comes, they waltz in the dazzling snow. The illustrations create a dreamy background against which the bond between the little girl, her great-grandmother who, as a child herself, had done it all before, and the tiger is powerfully forged. A quiet book, but one to savour. (5+)

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The Dancing Tiger by Malachy Doyle

This magical, tender tale about a girl, a tiger and a great-grandmother is a joyous dance through the changing seasons. From the moment the book is opened, we are invited into woodland suffused with moonlight and, as the tiger's story is revealed in all its beautiful simplicity, we are left pondering the power of the imagination, the importance of self-expression and the special nature of a relationship across the generations.

About the Author

Malachy Doyle

Malachy Doyle was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland in 1954. His parents had recently moved up from Dublin and named him, their seventh child, after a local saint. They lived in Whitehead, a small town at the mouth of Belfast Lough all his childhood; his father still lives there. He went to secondary school (Saint Malachy’s College) in Belfast, and then to Bolton, Lancashire where he studied for a degree in Psychology. Malachy taught in Leeds for a year, followed by six months packing Polo Mints. He then worked for seven long years in advertising, firstly for Rowntree Mackintosh in York and later for general foods in Banbury, before buying a small holding in West Wales.

To feed his wife, Liz, their three young children, Naomi, Hannah and Liam (now teenagers), and numerous goats, pigs and chickens, Malachy took a job as a care assistant in a local Residential Special School. For the next seven years he darned socks, patched jeans and generally looked after the children there, before being offered the post of Deputy Head at another Special School. They moved to Machynlleth, a small town on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, and three years later he began to write for children. He now writes full time, apart from visiting schools or escaping into the mountains, and his books are available in eleven different languages.

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Format

Paperback
32 pages

Author

Malachy Doyle
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Author's Website

www.malachydoyle.co.uk/mdpa...

Publisher

Publication date

5th September 2005

ISBN

9780689873102

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