Book Title: Nine-in-One Grr! Grr! By Blia Xiong, adapted by Cathey Spagnoli, and illustrated by Nancy Hom
APA Citation: Xiong, B., Hom, N., & Spagnoli, C. (1989). Nine-in-one, Grr! Grr!: A folktale from the Hmong people of Laos. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
Short Annotation: Tiger was feeling lonely and took a journey to see Shao to ask him how many cubs she will have. Shao told her she will have nine in one year but she cannot forget the number or else it won’t come true. On her way back to Earth, Tiger sang “nine-in-one. Grr! Grr!” To remember that she will have nine cubs in one year. Bird heard her singing so bird went to ask Shao why. Shao told him why and he wanted to stop Tiger from having nine cubs in one year before they eat everyone.
Age Group: K-2
Intended Audience: This is a really good interactive book for children. You can have them chant “nine-in-one. Grr! Grr!” When that part comes in the book. I think it goes well with kindergartners through second graders.
Personal Rating: 10/10, I really liked that the author was Hmong because I was able to connect with the story more, since I was brought up listening to many folktales. Not only is it a good folktale, the illustrations were also detailed and well thought out.
Text-Dependent Question: “What did Tiger have to go past in order to go see Shao?”