The Clumsy Tiger (SE)

The Clumsy Tiger (SE)
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In The Clumsy Tiger, readers will follow a folk tale in which a tiger is outwitted by a cat. The tiger asks the cat to teach him to become quick and clever. The tiger learns quickly, but there is one thing the clever cat realises he shouldn’t teach him! This text is a companion to the Dragonflies fluent title The Competition.
This text supports the comprehension strategies of summarising the main ideas, understanding the author’s purpose, using illustrations to understand text, and comparing and contrasting. The storyline, illustration style, and features of a traditional tale provide opportunities for making connections between this text and The Competition. It provides excellent opportunities for expressive reading and retelling.
? the clear narrative structure
? the features of a traditional tale
? the way the illustrations support and extend the ideas
? the direct address of the reader at the end of the story and the layout features (text placement, italics, and bold print) that add emphasis
? the traditional opening that sets the tale in a distant time
? the talking animals
? the battle of wits between the characters
? the humorous ending
? the lively verbs – climb, hide, jump, pounce, prowl, run
? the adjectives – big, clever, clumsy, quick, slow, strong, tall
? the use of commas to support phrasing
? the indicators of time – once, one day, every day, soon, then
? the use of idiom on page 8
? the opposites – slow, quick
? the silent letters – climb, climbed, could, know, right, taught, through, who
? the different sounds for “ou” – could, enough, pounce, through Possible challenges
? the irregular verb “taught”
? students for whom English is a second language may need support with the idiom “that’s it!” (meaning “that’s the end”) on page 8 and “just as well” (meaning “that’s a good thing”) on page 11.

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Themes covered in this book are: Animals Birds and Insects

Reading Level: 15-16 (Orange)

AuthorBarbara Beveridge


Year Level2


Guided Reading Level15

GenreFolk tale/Traditional

Theme/TopicAnimals and birds | Environment

Strategy/SkillsAuthor's purpose | Comparing and contrasting | Main ideas | Summarising

Page Count12

Word Count261