The Heart of a Tiger
I came across this book when I was looking for a nice read-aloud to share when learning about our hearts.
It’s called Heart of a Tiger by Marsha Diane Arnold. The story is about the kitten who must come up with a proper, truthful name for himself by naming day (something they apparently do in the cat world!). He cannot come up with a name, but really wants to be like the tiger; brave, powerful, wise. Eventually, the tiger turns him away, not agreeing to train the kitten, but he doesn’t know that the kitten follows him and saves his life. The tiger agrees that the name, “Heart of a Tiger” is the best, most truthful name for kitten number 4.
I liked this story because it gave the children another way to think about their hearts. Sure, they are used for physical things, but can also be used in a kind, strong, brave, thoughtful way. It’s a little long, lots of words on the pages, but my kids stuck with the entire story, not moving an inch! You know it’s a good story when that happens! 🙂