Auntie Tiger

Common Sense Media says

Chinese Red Riding Hood story intended for older kids.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though the sisters quarrel with one another, as kids do, they also learn to take care of one another.

Violence & scariness

Nothing graphic is illustrated, but the tiger does eat the little sister, and hunts down the older one. She fights him, eventually drowning him, then cuts her sister from the tiger's stomach with a knife.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Chinese version of the traditional Little Red Riding Hood story includes the eating of the little sister, and the killing of the tiger. Older kids should be fine with it, but it's not for younger readers.

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What's the story?

When the mother leaves for the village, she warns her quarrelsome daughters not to open the door for anyone, especially since a tiger has been roaming the countryside. Of course, the tiger does find the girls' home, disguises himself as Auntie, and tries to get in. One thing leads to another, and like in the Little Red Riding Hood story, Little Sister is eaten, Big Sister barely escapes, and ultimately comes back to cut her sister from the tiger's belly. The sisters learn a couple of good lessons. Of course, things don't work out so well for the tiger.

Is it any good?


The friendly-looking tiger on the front cover is a trick. He is all smiles, and definitely looks like he wants to play. But, look out! Inside, he becomes a mean-spirited, ferocious character, bent on devouring the two little sisters. He is the wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood stories, and he too is up to no good.

Older kids will be captivated by the cleverly told story, with its vibrant illustrations and slightly dangerous tone. And they will understand the lessons. Younger kids may be attracted by the cover and the paintings, but the story isn't for them.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lessons that the sisters, especially the younger one, learn about taking care of one another, listening to their mother, and not talking to strangers, particularly hungry tigers dressed up like relatives. They might also talk about how the sisters felt about one another. Why did they quarrel so much? Why did Big Sister call Little Sister "lazy," and why did Little Sister think Big Sister was "too bossy"? How did that cause the problem with the tiger? What did they each learn?

Book details

Author:Laurence Yep
Illustrator:Insu Lee
Genre:Fairy Tale
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:December 30, 2008
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):5 - 7
Read aloud:5
Read alone:8

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