Children’s Hour is a new feature here at Lucybird’s Book Blog every Thursday where I’m looking at children’s picture books. As I work in a nursery I get plenty of opportunities to look at picture books, and to see what the kids think of them so it really makes sense to use those experiences.
I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.
The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.
I had my reservations about taking The Tiger Who came to Tea to work. It’s a book I loved as a child but it is a little old fashioned now and I wasn’t sure if your kids would really connect with it. Happily my fears were unfounded. I still can’t say it’s one of the kid’s new favourites, bit it is the first one I’ve taken in which any of them has requested again without seeing it first. I don’t think they really get the whole it can’t be the milkman (or the grocer’s boy) bit, but most of it still pretty much applies. Really the wonder of the book is the idea of a tiger turning up on your doorstep, and not eating you but eating all the food in your house! The kids get very excited when the tiger arrives. One even shouts everytime Mummy asks “Who could that be?” “It’s a tiger, it’s a tiger!” until we discover that, yes, it is a tiger. The pictures are beautiful, it’s quite amazing how a a tiger can look so friendly.
As an adult I find it funny how the tiger is so smiley, and seemingly very polite, but his actions of eating all the food and drinking all the drink in the house (even drinking all the water out the tap!) really are rather impolite.
When my sister read The Tiger Who Came to Tea to my niece she said she didn’t like it so much. She said it seemed a bit anti-feminist, because Mummy had no idea what to do when the tiger had eaten all the food, so she had nothing for Daddy’s supper, then of course Daddy saved the day by taking them out to a cafe. In a way I guess my sister is right, but I can’t help loving The Tiger Who Came to Tea anyway.
Buy The Tiger Who Came to Tea:
Board Book (£4.09)