*Marlie's Pick*

Marlie thinks this anonymous review says it best:

It reads like the old fashioned storytelling- the kind which boys and girls sit cross-legged and rapt around an old man who, despite his calm demeanor and soft tones, fiercely commands the room's attention. In this case the story he tells is mysterious and wondrous. It is unlike anything anyone has ever heard. And so the children's parents linger around the outside of the circle, noting the teller's words and sensing that something is percolating deep beneath the characters and the action, something that, with a knowing glint and a rare hint, the storyteller suggests but doesn't let on entirely, some moral or truth, or maybe some insight into the human condition.
And so a story- a truly sensational and dramatic story based on a boy trapped in a small lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for 277 days with a Bengal Tiger, an often- bloody struggle for life and death- arrives in a voice that is even measured, paced, scaled. And this voice opens the doors for everything else that is packed in: the vivid aquatic scenes, the reflections on religion, human need and vice, the range and importance of zoological understanding.
Faced with all this, the boys and girls and mothers and fathers learn and wonder, and perhaps some of them become aware that this man is not just a storyteller, but truly also a teacher, and that everything he describes- every quandary, every explanation, every detail, every revelation- everything serves to teach something more than the story of a boy and a tiger... -Anonymous

So, what do you think?