The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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The story is very funny and entertaining, and fun to read aloud.

The illustrations are equally amusing, and I especially liked the picture of the little tiger striped cat the family passes by on the street. A dated but very funny book. View all 4 comments. Why is it that a lot of our favourite children's books have to do with food?

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This one is particularly nostalgic for me, as it is the story I used to calm down a two year old who had fallen off the top bunk, thus needing an x-ray to see if any bones were broken. A normal examination was impossible as she started to scream every time the doctor came near her, so there we were, me and a doctor, both in lead aprons, trying to hold down a wriggling screeching refusenik so that her nice photo would Why is it that a lot of our favourite children's books have to do with food? A normal examination was impossible as she started to scream every time the doctor came near her, so there we were, me and a doctor, both in lead aprons, trying to hold down a wriggling screeching refusenik so that her nice photo would come out unblurred.

In the end I suggested that the doctor should leave, and I would tell her a story to soothe her and they could do the x-ray when they saw fit. This was the story.

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I'm not sure if it's really suitable for my English student, I think she already knows enough words to do with food and eating, and maybe it's not too good an idea to try to explain why a mother and daughter would have the kind of tea in the afternoon that involves sandwiches and buns and cake and biscuits, and then have a supper of sausage and chips as well.

Actually, no, they didn't get the cake and sandwiches because the tiger ate them all, and drank all Daddy's beer and all the water in the tap too. Two year olds just accept this fantasy world, and accept that it's a world where the milk is delivered to the door and a boy from the grocery brings your order by bicycle, but a seven year old questions it. This is always the anomaly when teaching young children a second language; their linguistic ability does not match their cognitive level.

View all 5 comments. Shelves: picture. Should a tiger come to tea, it is scarce a tragedy. Give him buns two or three -- or ten -- and should he come again we'll resupply with grub. But first -- let's to the pub. Jun 26, Shirley Revill rated it it was amazing Shelves: classic , fiction , children , animals , kids.


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A classic much loved story about a tiger that came to tea and ate everything in the house. Really entertaining story for the younger children and I enjoyed reading this book as well. Jul 24, Mathew rated it it was amazing Shelves: family , foundation-stage , anthropomorphism , childrens-literature , animals , food , picturebook , creepy , key-stage-1 , early-reading-skills.


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Yes, I know 'why hadn't I read this before? I can understand why adult readers see the tiger as a representation of Nazis visiting the Kerr's home - its unquestionable authority and power and it feeds on the family's stock of food has a sense of ever-present danger. Although mother and daughter never seem worried about the visit or the tiger itself, its size and mention Yes, I know 'why hadn't I read this before? Although mother and daughter never seem worried about the visit or the tiger itself, its size and mention of a probable return did make for a slightly disconcerting visit.

On saying this, having read this with my son, he thought the whole thing very funny and enjoyed reading and watching how much the tiger could eat. Food for thought.

Nov 01, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: can-never-read-to-tommy. This one may eventually be moved off the "can't read to Tommy" shelf. The problem here was that the tiger eats all their food.

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That wasn't right! I cautiously tried it again last month, and we took it a little more stoically.

View 2 comments. Sep 10, Liam rated it liked it. Read this when babysitting and it was just really lighthearted and fun! Shelves: imaginative-play , picture-books. Sophie and her mummy are just sitting down to tea in this classic British picture-book, when a Tiger knocks on the door and asks to join them. Sophie's mum invites him in, and his appetite proves formidable, leading him to eat everything in the house. With Sophie's daddy on the way home, what will Sophie's mum do about supper? Fortunately, Daddy has an idea Originally published in , The Tiger Who Came to Tea has the same gentle humor to be found in its creator's books about Mog, the Sophie and her mummy are just sitting down to tea in this classic British picture-book, when a Tiger knocks on the door and asks to join them.

Originally published in , The Tiger Who Came to Tea has the same gentle humor to be found in its creator's books about Mog, the forgetful cat. As a huge Mog fan, I've been meaning to pick this one up, and I'm glad I finally have! The artwork is charming - I liked the use of color, the juxtaposition of the realistic and fantastic, and the Tiger's immensely appealing smile - and the story entertaining.

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Subsequent stories about demanding tea guests - thinking here of titles like Tea Rex - clearly owe a debt to Kerr. Dec 30, Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing. Oh my God. This Story. I can't work it out, is the tiger a fabrication between the mother and daughter, an excuse for eating the entire contents of the house and not leaving an for Dad?

Except mother looks genuinely stressed by the events while Sophie seems to have an unhealthy bond with this tiger.

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IS this really a tale about child possession? Father has a very long suffering look about him when he returns and he seems to be selling his idea of eating out a little much. Or worse, is the tiger Oh my God. Or worse, is the tiger real, at least in some sense, a local monster eating families out of house and home, all while playing trumpet in his spare time. I have definitely got to stop thinking about these books too much. Jun 13, midnightfaerie rated it liked it Shelves: childrens.

This was a cute story about how a tiger comes to tea and eats and drinks everything in the house. The kids, both my 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds were engaged enough to follow the story, but never really showed any interest in the outcome. Not even the tiger they really cared what happened to, and I think it was because the ending fell a little flat, even I was wondering what the point of the book was. After the tiger eats and drinks everything, it leaves and the family is left wondering what This was a cute story about how a tiger comes to tea and eats and drinks everything in the house.

After the tiger eats and drinks everything, it leaves and the family is left wondering what they'll feed dad when he comes home. He decides to take them out and then they shop at a store to fill up their house again. The tiger never comes for tea again. And that's about it. Perhaps the point of the book was to have no point? I still don't know. Jun 26, J.

Boo rated it really liked it Shelves: read-to-kids , tea-party-picture-books. A dual garage sale was held by a pair of neighbors with older children, a need to declutter, and excellent taste in books - multiple titles that I vaguely recognized from friends' lists. Anyway, this is a cute story of a tiger who came unexpectedly to tea, and ate everything.

After it was read to her, DD age 3 , demanded an immediate reread, and then a third just before naptime. I had fun, too. Jan 09, ABC rated it really liked it Shelves: younger-kids.

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