Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Judith Kerr)

I would love to know more about how Judith Kerr comes up with her stories. These stories are funny and perfectly logical in the minds of children!

Some of the figures of speech in this book were a little different to us. They seemed quite British. We had a good laugh about buns (for some reason my children hadn't heard that word!) and we talked about why we sometimes call our bums buns! We also talked about how in England they have "tea" rather than dinner. It was an interesting introduction to a different culture.

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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