The Dancing Tiger
By Malachy Doyle
Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Francher
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books, 32 pages
One moonlit night, a little girl sees, from her bedroom window, a tiger dancing in the woods. She goes to investigate and is asked by the big, graceful cat not to tell anyone his secret. In exchange, he will let her dance with him on moonlit nights. And so, the little girl and the tiger dance together, every moonlit night, through the seasons and the years, until she is an old lady. Her great-granddaughter then takes her place and the dancing continues.
The illustrations are by Steve Johnson and Lou Francher, who, with their paintbrushes, magically bathe each picture spread with the milky glow of moonlight. The painting of the girl and the tiger skipping through fields of bluebells is especially enchanting. Malachy Doyle tells the story in rhyme that is simple and gentle in tone, making The Dancing Tiger perfect for bedtime.