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The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
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Aug 29, 12

Read in August, 2012

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is still an extremely popular children’s book, despite first being published back in 1968! The story is a rather far-fetched tale, and requires the audience to use their imagination quite a bit. Sophie, the little girl, is at home with her mother during the day while her Daddy is out at work. She hears a knock on the door, and immediately the reader is anticipating who will be on the other side.
The mannerly tiger comes in for lunch, and proceeds to eat and drink everything in sight. The illustrations are colourful and funny, for example, the image of the tiger lying on top of the fridge bloated and tired from his food and drink binge. They also show the love and kindness that Sophie displays for the tiger. In one picture, she is sitting on the floor gazing up at the tiger. In another, Sophie is rubbing his long tail and shows no fear of the huge animal.
This book would be best used in Early Years classrooms and KS1. It’s a good book to explain to children the importance of sharing, and how we should always be kind to animals. I would use the book as an aid in a creative writing class, as it really gets the imagination running.
There is also an audio CD with the book now, which would be an extra treat to a class at the end of a busy day.
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