Picks and Pans Review: Nine-in-One Grr! Grr!
This is a sly folktale—with a lesson on the balance of nature—told by Laotian refugee Blia Xiong, adapted by Cathy Spagnoli (a Seattle-based storyteller) and illustrated by Chinese-born Nancy Hom. The god Shao tells a tiger that she can bear nine cubs a year if she remembers the words "nine-in-one." This bodes ill for the other animals until a clever bird learns to limit tiger births with the phrase "one-in-nine." (Children's Book Press, $I2.95—ages4-10)
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