The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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by Judith Kerr
     
 

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While Sophie and her mother are sitting down to tea one afternoon, the doorbell rings. A big, furry, stripy tiger has come for tea...and sandwiches, and buns, and biscuits...and eats all the food in the house until there's nothing left to cook for Daddy's supper.

Judith Kerr's reassuring and funny story — with just a hint of anarchy — has been

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While Sophie and her mother are sitting down to tea one afternoon, the doorbell rings. A big, furry, stripy tiger has come for tea...and sandwiches, and buns, and biscuits...and eats all the food in the house until there's nothing left to cook for Daddy's supper.

Judith Kerr's reassuring and funny story — with just a hint of anarchy — has been delighting children since its first publication thirty-five years ago. This modern classic has gone on to sell over three million copies worldwide, making it one of the most popular picture books for children ever written.

Author Biography: Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Nazi Germany with her family in 1933 and fled across Europe, eventually settling in England. Years later she wrote about her experiences in her best-selling novel for middle-grade readers When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. She is also the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including The Tiger Who Came to Tea, which was first published in 1968 and has since sold more than one million copies worldwide. She lives in England.

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Publishers Weekly
An unexpected guest arrives at Sophie's house and eats more than his fair share in The Tiger Who Came to Tea (1968) by Judith Kerr, conveyed in charming scenes that reflect 1960s sensibilities; and the language is deliciously British ("They had a lovely supper with sausages and chips and ice cream").
Children's Literature
Reminiscent of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, the lion that comes to share tea with Sophie and her mummy eats everything in the house, including the supper cooking on the stove and the tap water coming out of the faucet. When Sophie's dad returns from a hard day at work and is told the story of the lion who came to tea, he takes his family out to dinner. The description of their walk to the café, through the lamp-lit streets, is particularly pleasing. The re-issue of this title after 35 years proves its value to children's world of imagination. The illustrations will be captivating to young readers. They will not want you to turn the page until they have explored everything in these delightful pictures. This is a great read-aloud book. 2002 (orig. 1968), HarperCollins,
— Joyce Rice
Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Sophie and her mummy are enjoying a cup of tea in the kitchen when a ring at the door disturbs them. Wondering just whom that could be … the milkman? the boy from the grocer? Sophie opens the door to discover a big, furry, stripped, tiger. She invites him in for a cup of tea, which he gladly accepts. Taking a chair at the table, the tiger hungrily accepts all the food offered to him and before long all the food in the house is gone. But he does not stop there. Before he leaves, the tiger has consumed everything in the house and Sophie dad will be home soon. Tiger says "thank you, and I'll be going now", which was just in time for Sophie's dad to come home. What a surprise for dad and how will Sophie and mummy explain the empty cupboards and refrigerator? This is a classic picture book first published in 1968 that is just as charming today as it was then. Ms. Kerr's pen and crayon illustrations are warm and engaging, drawing the readers into the story. Reviewer: Debby Willett
From the Publisher
“Near perfection of form is embellished by clear, expressive illustrations. The pace is exactly right, the resolution totally satisfying.”Dorothy Butler: Babies Need Books.“A modern classic.”The Independent.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007214136
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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