Auntie Tiger by Laurence Yep, illustrated by Insu Lee
When two bickering sisters are left alone by their mother, she reminds Big Sister she must take care of Little Sister and Little Sister must listen to Big Sister. No sooner does she leave when Auntie Tiger knocks on the door. When the sisters don’t let her in, Auntie Tiger offers them a special treat. Little Sister can’t resist, even though she knows she is never to open the door when their mother is out.
The hungry Tiger quickly makes a meal of the younger morsel, but Big Sister is more clever and saves not only herself, but her luckily undigested, disobeying sibling, as well.
While the delightfully colorful pictures make for fun reading, the story sure has some gruesome moments, especially for worrying mothers!
Tidbit: Yep was a guest at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program’s literary event, “Three Chinese American Children’s Book Authors,” on November 6, 2005, together with Belle Yang. Da Chen had also been scheduled to attend – hence the three authors, ahem – but had to cancel at the last minute, alas.