Review – “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” by Judith Kerr

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr was recommended by fellow moms to me on Facebook when T finally started to take interest in books. It was T’s one of the very first books which we began reading to her when she was 18+ months but we did find it a little too long for her then. Now, at 2+ years, I have lost the count of how many times we’ve read this to her in the past few months. Getting a bookshelf within her reach wasn’t that a good idea. LOL. 

The tiger is hungry and it wants to have some tea with Sophie and her mother. Will Sophie and her mother be able to satiate the tiger’s huge appetite?


  • The imagination, of course. (I read somewhere that the tiger is actually a cat and its size is just a mere exaggeration for the kids)
  • The variety of people (that help in running a household) and food items that the child is exposed to.
  • The concept of sharing and Atithi Devo Bhava (the guest is God)
  • Family bonding (between Sophie and her mother, and between Sophie, her mother, and father)

WHAT WE DISLIKED I didn’t particularly like the illustrations in this one.

A highly recommended classic story for a young toddler to read. Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Recommended age 2+ years but can begin early if the child is already familiar with storybooks.


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