Tiger Tale

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Tiger Tale
Front cover illustration
AuthorSteve Isham
IllustratorMarion Isham
Cover artistMarion Isham
Genre Children's picture book
PublisherBandicoot Books
Publication date
Media typeHardback
ISBN 0-9586536-8-2
OCLC 60330367

Tiger Tale is a children's picture book illustrated by Marion Isham and written by Steve Isham. First published in 2002, the book retells the Aboriginal story of how the Tasmanian tiger got its stripes. Tiger Tale is illustrated using torn paper collage that gives the book a folkloric style.



The story starts with the Tiger, all golden, without his stripes, singing. The Tiger walks through the forest down to the river, singing all the way. He passes the platypus and meets the Bunyip who tells him to go away and stop singing. Leaving the river he meets Kanga, who also tells him to stop singing. Finally Great Bird tells him to stop singing. As Tiger goes on his way he notices a bushfire approaching and goes back to the river to summon the other animals, however all three, Bunyip, Kanga and Great Bird all desert him. Tiger runs back and forth from the river to the fire until the fire is extinguished but the Tiger has lost his voice and the soot leaves stripes on his back.

Sales, background and critical reaction

Tiger Tale is in its second printing and has been sold throughout Australia through Australian Geographic stores. The title was favorably reviewed in the Magpies magazine of children's literature in May 2003. [1] In April 2011, it was selected to be included as part of the official gift from the Tasmanian government to Denmark's Prince Fredrick and Princess Mary, on the arrival of their twins. [2]

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  1. 'Tiger Tale', Magpies, Vol 18, No 2, May 2003, p 31.
  2. 'Tassie unveils royal gifts', Mercury Newspaper, 11 April 2011.