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Tiptoe Tapirs
by Hanmin Kim
Hanmin Kim, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 10 x 8 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823433957 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Fiction
Recommendations: ★K

CCSS Codes:
RF.2.3, 3b, 3d, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c
SL.2.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-6
L.2.1, 1d, 2, 3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4d, 5, 5b
RL.2.1-7, 10
W.2.3, 5, 6, 8

About the Book

With elegant pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, this original pourquoi story is a satisfying and visually arresting tale of quiet rewarded.

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 their 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.

2016 ALA Notable's Children Book


Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What is a tapir? Describe the strategy you used to figure out the meaning. L.2-3.4

2. What does the author want to answer, explain or describe in TIPTOE TAPIRS? Retell the story in your own words. RL.2-3.2 / W.2-3.3

3. How does author Hanmin Kim use figurative language in TIPTOE TAPIRS? (alliteration, onomatopoeia) L.2-3.5

4. Find all of the sound words (onomatopoeia) in the story. L.2-3.5