Publishing: Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1961
Awards: Caldecott Medal Winner
Description: This book tells the fable of a mouse who is transformed through the protection of a hermit from a mouse, to a cat, to a dog, and finally to a grand tiger. However, when the tiger’s pride is too much, the hermit changes him back to humble him.
Programming: Since this story deals with Indian culture, students might find India on the map and discuss characteristics of the culture of India. Discussion should also revolve around why the hermit changed the tiger back to a mouse.