Thursday, 3 May 2012

The Tiger Who Came To Tea - Review

A timeless classic...
Title: The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Author/Illustrator: Judith Kerr
First Published: William Collins Sons and Co Ltd 1968
This Edition: Harper Collins Children's Books 2006
Found: Borrowed from library

What's It All About?!
Ding-Dong... Sophie and her mummy have just sat down to tea and there is someone at the door, we better see who it is!

"It can't be the milkman because he came this morning.
It can't be the boy from the grocer because this isn't the day he comes.
And it can't be daddy because he's got his key."

An unlikely guest comes to  tea, politely eats and drinks everything in sight and then leaves, albeit politely!

With nothing left in the house for daddy's supper, Sophie's mummy is at a loss at what to do next. When daddy returns home, they tell him what happened. Daddy has a good idea and everything is put right.

An absolute pleasure to share with OJ. A simple, easy to follow story with a lovely ending.

The illustrations are clear and uncluttered. They prompted OJ into talking about; and recognising his own experiences in them. (Bath time and how he enjoys sausages for tea were amongst a few!)

The story is based around a child's everyday experiences (apart from the tiger of course) and so a child can relate to the story. There is also a scene where the family go out to a cafe in the dark, which brought up lots of talking points. Night and day, visits to a cafe, what the characters ate, the fact the vehicles in the picture had their lights on etc.

One thing that did stand out, was the time in which it was written. I had to explain to OJ what a milkman and grocer boy was; but this did not affect our enjoyment of the story.

I liked that the tiger was so polite, yet so rude at the same time. OJ's shocked expression due to the tiger consuming all the sandwiches and buns was so funny. We also liked that because the tiger had drank all the water in the tap, Sophie couldn't have her bath... What a marvellous excuse not to have one!

After reading this to OJ; the nursery nurse trained part of my mind was inspired. The book could be linked into a range of topics within a childcare setting.
Amongst them was the idea that this book would be a wonderful addition to a home corner/role play space. Children could be encouraged to think about who (or what) they would want to invite for tea and what would happen on their visit. In this way it would encourage and develop a child's imagination.

On the whole, I would recommend this as a must-share-and-read for youngsters.

"Naughty tiger... It's a naughty tiger mum-mum!"

OJ thought this was brilliant. When daddy came back from work, Ollie set about telling him about the furry, stripy tiger...

Book worm rating:
 out of 5!

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