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I remember been read this book to from a vary young age from my mum and loving it!
It's a lovely little book by the author Judith Kerr and has been aaround for years. I'd forgotten all about reading it in my childhood then came across it at a car boot for 50p. I just HAD to get it for my children. Sure enough my daughter loved it just as much as I always did.
The story is about a little girl called Sophie who's having tea with her mum when there's a knock at the door, they wonder who it could be possibly be and are very surprised to find a tiger standing at the door wanting to come in. They invite the tiger in and he ends up munching his way through all the food and drink in the house. So after he's left the family have to go out to eat and the next day Sophie and her mum have to go out shopping to restock the house.
This book has just captured my 3 year old daughter's imagination and she loves it. She loves her books and has LOADS, I'm sure she could open her own library if she wanted, but this book is definitely one of her favourites and is a very popular bedtime story for her.
My younger son also likes this book very much. As he is still quite little and a very active little boy he won't sit and listen to the full story like my daughter will but none the less still enjoys to flick through the pictures and make the tiger noises so also a good book for him.
The tiger who came to tea is available in most book shops and available on amazon for £3 - £4. A great buy that I would recommend to anyone with little ones!
There is not one person i know who's read this book and didn't like it. My friends and i went saw an exhibition for 'Tiger who came to Tea' in an art gallery near us and had to go see it. Amongst a 6 foot tall tiger sitting at a tea-party table there were a few copies of the books lying around, and out of the blue i decided to sit myself and my friends down and read it to them. Well it beats sitting around wandering what to do with ourselves, and even though most of us are in our 20's reading such a classic children's story in an art gallery was an experience that brought us all back to those days reading before bed with our mums when we were little, it was heartwarming to say the least.
This story is about a little girl named Sophie, who is having tea with her mum when a knock at the door reveals an awfully polite, yet hungry tiger asking id he can join them for tea. Of course being a rather large tiger he needed a lot to eat, and by the time he left there was nothing left in the house, not even for Sophie's bath or Daddy's supper. So when Daddy came home he sorted out dinner for the night and upon food shopping the next day Sophie and her mum bought some tiger food in case the tiger should come again.
I think what impressed me the most about this book when i was younger was the pictures. Very different from most children's stories, as the images, to me, tell more about the story than the story does. For example when the tiger is drinking the water out of the tap you see Sophie stroking his tail, you can tell she wanted the tiger to stay. That, and even i wanted the tiger to either go back to their house for tea, or at least come to my house for tea. It's just one of those books that's so simple yet easily loved by many generations, and is still loved today.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea was first published in 1968 and since then has gone on to become one of the best selling childrens books of all time. The book is written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, who also wrote the 'Mog' series of childrens books.
My 3 year old daughter is really into learning about animals at the moment, so I thought I would buy her a story book sticking with that theme. I had heard someone mention 'The Tiger who Came to tea' a few years ago and something obviously stuck in my mind about it, so that when it came to having a child of my own I remembered the story and decided to buy it for my daughter. My daughter absolutely loves this book! It is of just the right length for a young child. I have also found it very easy to start teaching my daughter how to read, through reading this book to her, a month in and she recognises the words 'tiger', 'Sophie', 'Mummy', 'Daddy' and 'there' and she does make me read it every day.
The book is about a little girl called Sophie who one night whilst having dinner with her mummy hears a ring at the door....who could that be?....a tiger who proceeds to eat the family out of house and home, drinks all the water, so that Sophie has no water for her bath(Obviously these people don't have an endless supply of water in their house like most people) and he drinks Daddy's beer(Yes that's right Mr Tiger you get your priorities right). Once the tiger has had his fill he simply says "Thank you for my nice tea I'd better go now". Mummy seemed to be more concerned that there was no food for Daddies supper than Sophie not being able to have a bath. When Daddy arrives home, Sophie and her Mummy tell him how a tiger had came round and ate all the food and drank all his drink(plausible excuse for having nothing in for him...well he buys into that notion anyway). He believes Sophie and her Mummy and decides to take them both to a cafe for supper, where they have sausages, chips and ice cream. The next day Sophie and her Mummy go shopping and they buy a very large tin of tiger food, just in case the tiger were to come back again...but he never did.
This book is a fantastic little story for a young child and it is just the right length to read to a child without them getting bored. I have lost count of the amount of times I have read this book to my daughter in the space of a month, it is definitely her favourite book, she kicks up a right fuss if she leaves it at her mums and doesn't let it drop until she gets it back. The book is good for stimulating a childs imagination, as every time the door bell goes my daughter gets all excited(If hiding behind her dad is what you call excited) thinking the tiger has come for tea...ah how a 3 year olds mind works.
You can purchase this book from amazon.co.uk for £2.99 including postage, absolute bargain for a book that your child will get hours of enjoyment from.
This is a book I grew up with and now that I am training to be a Primary School teacher it is a picture book I have added to my extensive collection. This is a story I would happily read the classes when I am teaching in school and also something I would share with the children that I nanny for.
The plot of the story really captures the imagination of children and adults alike, with a bright orange tiger coming round for tea with a little girl called Sophie and her Mummy. The concept for the book is instantly fun and magical whilst retaining everyday elements that all children can relate to. The tiger politely asks if he can come in and once welcomed he eats them out of house and home - in fact, he also drinks them out of house and home. The beautiful illustrations really bring to life this simply story whilst the bright colours are eye-catching and exciting for young readers. I love the slightly kitsch element to the pictures (which were first published in 1968) as they give the book a real retro feeling.
Nowadays a lot of picture book illustrators obviously feel the need to bombard children with glitter and pages packed with colour. This book actually works very effectively because of the amount of space which is white. There is a lovely contrast created in this way between the bright colours and the empty areas in the book. I also think the text is kept very simple with equal amounts descriptive and dialogue. The text flows really nicely and the narrative is very clear for younger readers. There are also a mixture of known and challenging words for children who are beginning to read for themselves. The text is big enough and spaced out enough for them to be able to read with ease, I also think the white spaces in the book aid in this as reading black text on bright colours can often be tricky. My only issue with this would be that it might not be ideal for children with dyslexia as many struggle to read black text on a white background - although this can easily be aided by coloured plastic which you lay over the writing.
In terms of appropriate ages for this story I sort of think there are no boundaries. I would read this with very young children (2-4) as they will love the narrative combined with the clever illustrations. I also think this is a great read for children who are beginning to read for themselves (4-7) and a classic story I might share with older children to spark an imaginative story writing class maybe (7+). I also think this is the perfect story for adults to enjoy too, now I realise not many adults love buying themselves children's books like I do but perhaps use children/god children/nieces and nephews as an excuse to indulge!
My only other slight negative would be that due to the age of the book (published in the late 60s) there are some rather outdated gender stereotypes present in the book. I actually think nowadays these seem rather quaint as opposed to offensive so I wouldn't worry too much about children getting the wrong idea. In fact, I would hazard a guess that they wouldn't even notice but it is important to be aware of this anyway.
Overall, I think this is a fabulous classic picture book which sets the standard for modern counterparts.
One of the books that my mum and I enjoyed sharing was 'The Tiger who Came to Tea' written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. The book was first published in 1968 but has been republished several times since. I loved this book so much as a child. I used to borrow this repeatedly from the library, but for some reason never owned a copy. It really is quite surprising considering our cupboards were overflowing with books growing up. This book was re-published in 2000. My mum spotted this whilst shopping and I found this wrapped up as one of my 21st birthday presents several years ago. I enjoyed reading this as an adult just as much as I did when I was a child and it conjured up many happy memories.
The Tiger who Came to Tea tells the tale of Sophie and her mother who are at home getting ready for their tea, when there is a knock at the door. To their surprise there is a big furry tiger at the door who asks if he can join them for tea! Tigers have big appetites and he soon eats them out of house and home! I remember finding this book very funny and reading it couldn't wait to see what the tiger would eat next! My favourite bit was when he drank all the water out of the taps!
At the same time it really did play havoc with my 3-year old imagination! I'd had the book read to me so much that every time the doorbell would ring I expected there to be a tiger at our door! The tiger is quite endearing and not in the least bit scary. As I learnt to read this book remained one of my favourites and I would repeatedly check this out of the library right until I was about 8 years old!
Reading it now I do think that the book is a little stereotypical, with mummy staying at home and daddy going to work, but then it was written in the late 60's. Despite this I do think the book has stood the test of time and it is still enjoyed by millions of children today. The illustrations are done really well. There is a certain charm to them, as they appear to be hand drawn rather than printed. The pictures are bright, colourful and quite amusing in places. They work really well to bring the story to life and also give plenty of scope for parents and children to discuss them.
Overall, The Tiger who came to tea is a delightful book for young children. It was one of my favourites and I shall be saving this for any children that I may have. The book retails at £5.99 though can be found from as little as £1.00 on Amazon. It's well worth adding to your child's book collection!
As mentioned in other reviews I am a mum of 2 daughters, 5 years and 21 months, and I am always on the look out for good bedtime story books - preferably ones that both my girls will enjoy. When my youngest was little we were given The Tiger That Came to Tea as a gift when I married my daughter's father. I have just introduced my youngest too it, nod she loves it just as much as my eldest.
The story revolves around a little girl called Sophie and her mother, who are having tea, when who should knock at the door, but a hungry tiger! The tiger is invited in to eat and proceeds to devour the entire contents of the tea table, all the drink in the house and even Sophie's daddy's supper that is cooking! When his hunger is abated the tiger thanks Sophie and her mother very much and says goodbye. Sophie and her mother aren't sure what to do, as Sophie can't have her bath as the tiger has drunk all the water, and Sophie's mummy doesn't have anything to feed Sophie's daddy for supper! When Sophie's daddy comes home he has the marvellous idea that they should all go to a café for tea - so that's what they do! The next day Sophie and her mummy go shopping for more food, and also buy a tin of tiger food, just in case!
The illustrations in this book are marvellous. They have a real 1970s retro feel to them with the outfits Sophie and her mummy are wearing, and the fact that Sophie's daddy looks so tired coming home for his tea, and having a pint at the café!
The story is beautifully written with a real comical edge. Children and parents alike will adore this book, and I am sure this will remain a firm favourite in our house for years to come!
I bought my son quite a lot of books this Christmas simply because I think as a child you can't have too many books. Funny really because as a grown up I don't own all that many books but I do like to encourage my son to read. One of the books I bought for his was the tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr. I bought the book in a little set of three separate bedtime stories by the author from Tesco where it cost £5.00.
The book I have is a smaller version of the original book and is hard backed. The front cover features Sophie the little girl sitting at the dining table with a friendly looking tiger. Both the girl and the tiger look happy and so you don't get the feeling that the story is going to be scary in any way.
Inside the book we have a story about a tiger that knocks on a door and asks Sophie and her mother if he could possibly have some tea with them. They say yes and invite him in but the tiger is very hungry and eats all of the food in the house and drinks all of the liquids in the house including all of the water from the taps! When he is done he leaves the house and Sophie's mother is left wondering what she can make for Fathers supper seen as the tiger has eaten everything but Father comes home and saves the day by suggesting they all go and visit a café. On the way home they call at a shop and make sure they buy a big tin of tiger food just in case he returns to their house!
The illustrations in the book and pleasant but are quite old fashioned too. This story was first published in 1968 though and so you appreciate that the illustrations would not be modern and up to date. I do think that in many ways this adds to the charm of the book though. I do particularly like how the characters seem to be smiling all of the time, and just look happy.
My son has enjoyed reading this book with me and reading some of it on his own too. This particular version I have is smaller than the original book and so the text in it is quite small and can be difficult to see. I am not sure if this is the case in the original book too. I can see that this will be a book that my son and I will read much more over the next few years as it is such a classic book.
You can pick up the tiger who came to tea from Amazon for just £3.58 and this includes free super saver delivery so it is not a bad price at all and I would recommend giving it a try if it is not a book you already own!
Thank you for reading my review!
My youngest loves books (well both my girls do) and she got a few for her birthday back in April. Her favourite one at the moment seems to be "The tiger book".
The Tiger Who Came To Tea is written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. The front of the book shows a picture of Sophie; the little girl the tiger had tea with and the tiger himself. The story starts off with Sophie and her mummy having tea which is interrupted by the doorbell. Sophie goes to open the door and there is a big furry tiger telling her he is very hungry and asking if he could have tea with them. Of course mummy says yes! (like you would).
"Would you like a sandwich?" asks Sophie's mummy but the tiger doesn't take one, he takes them all. The story goes on with the tiger taking all the food and drink and then searching in the cupboards for more. Eventually the tiger has eaten and drank everything in the house.
Then mummy has nothing for daddy's supper! (Oh dear, what will she do and what will he eat !) Sophie can't even have a bath because the tiger has drank all the tap water (small reservoirs). When daddy comes home and they tell him what's happened he decides they should go to a cafe, so off they go.
This book gives you lots to discuss with your little one, even at an early age you can get children to talk about the pictures. My daughter realises that this is silly, that a tiger wouldn't come to tea but that's what makes it enjoyable.
My daughter loves her older sister to read this book to her although she gets impatient and tries to hurry the story up. She even tells the story to us - which is really lovely. She only tells us the tiger bits though. "Mummy says hello" "tiger eats the cakes" things like that and then she knows that tiger says bye.
Myt daughter enjoys this book so much that we get bored of it!
My daughter is 22-months old and still primarily favours tactile books, or noisy ones, so I am trying out a few of the classics in the hope of tempting her towards 'proper' books and this is the latest, on loan from the library!
I remember this well from my own childhood and always enjoyed its simplistic but endearing story and its old-fashioned charm. Having been going strong for around 40-years, this book is certainly entertaining children across generations and it stands the test of time well.
The story is based around a family who unexpectedly open the front door to find a hungry, but friendly tiger who invites himself for tea. He drinks all the water in the house, and scoffs all the tea but leaves a warm feeling in the house, particularly for the young girl living there, who is fascinated by this large, cuddly creature.
Compared to books these days, this one is definately a bit old-fashioned. The pictures and colours are basic, but the story itself is timeless and my daughter enjoyed me reading it to her, even if she did get bored halfway through!
She loved pointing out the tiger and even gave him a few kisses, so I think this book got her seal of approval, even if her attention span did not last long enough for me to finish reading it.
This book has a lovely message and that is to accept everyone for who they are, despite any differences. The family in the book welcome the tiger with open arms, despite his fearsome appearance and this is a good message for children, especially if it teaches them that looks can be deceptive.
Widely available for around £4, this book is definately a good addition to any kids book collection and I will certainly be buying it for my daughter.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea is a children's book which was written by author Judith Kerr; I am not sure exactly of the exact year this book was first published, although what I do know is that it is over forty years old! This book is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £3.00 which I think is excellent value!
In this book : A little girl is at home with her mother, when a tiger calls uninvitedly for tea. The little girl and the mum then have tea with the tiger!
Oh how I used to love this book as a child! It was always on my lists of favourites! I used to think that the story was fantastic (still do!!). It's so different and I have never seen a children's book like this. Considering that this book is over forty years old, it is still going strong, and is a lot better than a lot of the latest children's books out there.
I think that this book teaches children a good message ; that some things (in the case the Tiger) are not as scary as they may seem at first. It also teaches children that some things happen 'out of the blue' (the tiger turning up un-expected) and that it is possible to deal with them. It also teaches children to always make people feel welcome, which I think is a nice message to send out.
This book has an old fashion look and feel about it, but I think that is why I love it so much; it's so simple yet effective. I particularly like the illustrations as they are quite comical : especially the one with the Tiger sitting at the table with a cup of tea! The illustrations clearly explain to young children what is going on in the story which is very helpful.
This book is perfect for children who are just starting to read, as it is the kind of book which they will be able to read themselves as the language is fairly easy.
This book would make a perfect stocking filler this year, for all children under the age of eight! It is a classic story which children will love!
I would definately recommend this book as well as another series of books called 'Mog The Cat' by the same author!
Thanks for reading!
November 25th 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
"The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger?"
The Tiger who came to tea is a beautiful childrens book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. What I love about this book is that you can tell it is quite old fashioned but really stands the test of time as a classic book that will never go out of fashion. It was first published in hardback in 1968 and in paperback in 1973 and you can tell. For example when the doorbell rings her mummy says it can't be the milkman as he came in the morning. Now, I know they are still around but not many people have a milkman anymore and to me this indicates that the book is from an earlier year. Also, Sophie's mummy also says that it cannot be the grocery boy as this isn't the day he comes. Now I'm pretty sure no one has a grocery boy so this definitely hails back to yesteryear.
As you have probably guessed it is about a tiger who comes to tea. I love the setting of this book and I think its especially poignant for me as I have a daughter and can't wait for the time when her and I can sit down for tea and talk about our day and giggle and do girly things like that. Sophie is the main girl character in this book and she is probably about five in this book and she is having tea with her mummy with lots of yummy cakes and buns and a proper china tea set. Now, what happens next is probably not the most realistic thing in the world but a bit furry, stripy tiger knocks on the door and asks to come to tea. Well, of course, mummy invites him in but he is not the best guest and he eats all their food and drinks all their tea and water. I think this is a great story for little kids as it introduces so many basic words and tasks that they will experience in their everyday lives such as milk, orange juice, saucepans, having a bath, waiting for Daddy to come home, etc. All these things are the things that I do with my daughter on a daily basis and so to have it in story form is wonderful.
The illustrations are pretty iconic to me and are very recognisable to anyone who has ever read or seen this book. They are really beautifully done. The tea looks yummy and good enough to eat off the page, no wonder the tiger likes it. The tiger himself is very big but doesn't appear very scary at all and is more friendly and cuddly looking.
To me this is a classic that every little girl and boy should have in their library.
Both my daughters love reading books by Judith Kerr especially her books that feature a rather delightful cat called Mog. Her latest book we have read does not feature Mog but rather a significantly larger cat who is 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea!' Like all of Judith Kerr's books, the story told is a simple one but through that simplicity really does appeal to young children.
The story starts with a little girl called Sophie having tea with her mummy when there is a ring at the door. They wonder who it is and then when they open the door there is a tiger who tells them that he is very hungry and therefore would they mind if he had tea with them. They let him in - well you're not going to argue with a tiger are you? - and he sits himself quite awkwardly at the table in a somewhat too small chair! Unfortunately, the tiger does not have very good table manners and he also has an insatiable appetite which means that he eats everything on offer and more! He eats all the buns and drinks all of the tea straight from the teapot before eating the dinner that is cooking on the stove and raiding the fridge! Nothing is left uneaten. When it is all go the tiger says thank you very much (redeeming himself slightly with his manners) and leaves.
Mummy realises that there will be nothing for Daddy to eat for his supper and Sophie can't even have a bath because the tiger has drank all the tap water. So when Daddy gets home there is nothing else to do but go out and have tea in a cafe which is exactly what they do! The next day Mummy and Sophie go shopping and stock up on lots of food and also a few tins of tiger food - just in case...
Therefore, I hope that you can tell that this is a very simple story but also very funny. However, it is not written for laughs but told in a very down to earth way which I think adds to its appeal. It is funny how Sophie and her Mummy totally accept the fact that a tiger comes for tea and eats all of their food. I really like the understated way in which it is written.
The language used is extremely accessible for young children and it does not try to be clever at all. This seems to make it very suitable to early readers for both their decoding and their comprehension ability.
There is not too much text on any one page and it is always accompanied by some lovely illustrations. These again are very straightforward just showing things as they are on this very strange day! As the book was first published as far back as 1968, you can't help noticing that the illustrations feel quite dated especially the clothes worn by Sophie and her mummy. Well as it's over forty years ago that is not surprising but it does not matter and does not detract from the enjoyment of the book. It really is a firm favourite with my daughters and it is a book they like to return to time and again.
The tiger Who Came to Tea is written and illustrated by Judith Kerr and is published by Harper Collins. Its RRP of £10.99 for the hard cover is likely to be considerably more than when it was first published all those years ago!
The tiger who came to tea
~~~~ Book Details ~~~~
Name - The Tiger Who Came To Tea
The tiger who came to tea was first published in 1968 by William Collins Sons & Co Ltd, then later in 2006 published by HarperCollins Children's Book's
32 pages long,
ISBN - 0006640613,
Written and illustrated by Judith Kerr
~~~~ Price and availability ~~~~
This book is available in hardback and paperback versions from as little as £3.00, it is widely available on the likes of Ebay and Amazon.
~~~~ The story ~~~~
The basis of the story is about a large friendly looking tiger who turns up unannounced, at a little girls (Sophie) house just as she and her mum are about to have tea, Sophie's mum invites the tiger in to join them for tea, and oddly Sophie doesn't even bat an eyelid, the tiger appears to be very hungry as once he has eaten everything off the table he continues to eat the contents of the fridge, cupboards and even the tap! yes, that's right the tiger even devours all the tap water. Once the tiger realises that there is no food or drink left he thanks Sophie and her mum and leaves. When Dad arrives home Sophie tells him about her day and strangely calm and unsurprised dad suggests they should maybe go out for tea, because there is nothing to eat at home. The following day Sophie and her mum head to the shops to replace the eaten goodies and even pick up a large tin of tiger food for when the tiger returns, however, he never did!
~~~~ My opinion ~~~~
This is one book I never tired of reading to my son in his earlier years it provided me with great nostalgia along with the joy of my littlies face every time I opened the very first page.
I bought this book for my son when he was only a few months old he is now 7, our hardback version is still in fantastic condition and he loves the story now just as much as he did then.
I think most young children love this book and as well as the book being excellently written and illustrated it is most probably reiterated through school as this book is often used in ks1 ages 4-7 from reception class to year 2, along with adjoining age appropriate work sheets and activities to start the children off on an enjoyable road of learning to read. This book also provides lots of opportunity's to interact with your child about whats happening on each page.
This is an absolute classic of a childrens story... and one that continues to appeal generation after generation.
It is a simple tale of a little girl named Sophie, who answers the door one afternoon to find a hungry tiger on her step. She invites him in for tea and he empties the house of all edible contents and then politely leaves. Leaving Sophie and her family hungry and forced to nip out to a cafe for tea.
That literally is the content of the story - but simple as it is... your child will love it.
My three year old daughter chooses it as a bedtime favourite over and over again, and is now at the stage where she can read it herself from memory. The illustrations are bright and delightful and the book has a wonderful flow.
If you have any young children - this book would make a lovely and well received gift!!
I first came across this book when looking through a catalogue of must read books for young children. My first impression was that it looked very old fashioned and was probably a bit dry and boring. I could not have been more mistaken.
I can't remember now why I finally bought it but it has been a very firm favourite in our house ever since. We have even bought a second copy with a tea set, we loved it so much.
The story is about a little girl called Sophie who is sitting with her Mummy having tea when a Tiger rings the bell and says "Excuse me, but I'm very hungry. Do you think I could have tea with you?" Of course Sophie and her Mummy are wonderfully polite and they all sit down to tea. The tiger proceeds to eat and drink absolutely everything in the house including the supper that was cooking in the saucepans and all the food in the fridge. He then drinks all daddy's beer (my husbands favourite line) and all the water in the tap!
The illustrations that go with it are wonderfully appealing. Sophie sits with him while he eats them out of house and home and watches him and rubs his soft tail against her face. You can almost feel your own child's desperate desire to be in the book with the tiger. My daughter always touches the tiger and comments on the pictures. She loves it.
It is very old fashioned and sterotypical (Mummy's at home cooking Daddy's meal, all the beer is Daddy's and Mummy is worried because she has no supper for Daddy) but this doesn't bother me in the slightest, in fact it amuses me because real life rarely teaches children these sterotypical roles anyway.
An excellent book that I'm sure any child will love. I would recommend this for children ages 2 - 6.
This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 30 years ago. Now a new generation will enjoy this beautiful reformatted edition! The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger! This modern classic picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again. All artwork has been re-originated and a fresh design approach has been used for this reformatted edition.