Tiptoe Tapirs (Hardcover)
Holiday House, 9780823433957, 40pp.
Publication Date: July 20, 2015
List Price: 16.95*
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The jungle is a noisy place. The elephants BOOM, the rhinos BAM-BAM, the hornbills CAW-CAW and the apes HOO-HAA. But Tapir and Little Tapir don't make a sound. They tiptoe through their days -- until the morning a hungry leopard forces them to run for the lives. Leopard is just about to pounce when BANG! The sound of a hunter's gun stops all three animals in their tracks. Now Leopard must flee -- very quietly, with help from the tapirs. From that day on, Leopard moves with a very soft step as do the rest of the jungle beasts. With elegant pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, this original pourquoi story is a satisfying and visually arresting tale of quiet rewarded.
About the Author
Hanmin Kim is a writer, translator, graphic novelist and the author-illustrator of several books for young people. Born and based in Seoul, South Korea, he travels extensively and has lived in Denmark, Sri Lanka, Peru and Portugal. An encounter with a tapir at a mud hole in Peru inspired this book. The tapir, with its elephant-like trunk, pig-like body and rhinoceros-like eyes, is Hanmin Kim's favorite animal.