Study of India
Heart of a Tiger can be a jumping off point to a study of India.Find India on a map.
Discussion Questions: What are the climate, geography, cities, and culture like? What animals live in India today?
Many languages, many sounds – one rhythm:
Children love rhythm, repetition, and rhyme, and, if we allow them, they love the magic of other languages. Whenever we can bring other languages and other cultures into the classroom, we have given a gift to our children.
When you come to the end of Heart of a Tiger and read the kittens’ names in English and Hindi, children will be mesmerized by the magic of it. (A pronunciation guide for the Hindi names is in the front of the book.)
How much do you know about tigers?
In Heart of a Tiger, you can read about one courageous tiger. Decide whether these statements are fact or fiction!
- Tigers hunt by running after their prey.
- Tigers dislike water and travel miles to avoid it.
- Tigers like to eat grass.
- The tiger’s forehead often has black marks which look like the Chinese characters for king.
- The word for a group of tigers is a herd.
Answers to Tigers: Fact or Fiction
- Tigers hunt by running after their prey. (Fiction. Tigers hunt by stalking or sneaking up on their prey. Also, tigers hunt alone. Hunting in a pack, as cheetahs do, would be hard in thick forests and grasslands where tigers live.)
- Tigers dislike water and travel miles to avoid it. (Fiction. Tigers like to take cool baths in ponds and rivers. They are very good swimmers.)
- Tigers like to eat grass. (Fact. Tigers are carnivores, but like domestic house cats, tigers also eat grass, presumably for its digestive and medicinal benefits.)
- The tiger’s forehead often has black marks which look like the Chinese word (mark) for king. (Fact: 王)
- The word for a group of tigers is a herd. (Fiction. The word for a group of tigers is a streak.)