I use stories all the time in my work as a speech & language therapist and I have to confess that one of my favourites is The Tiger Who Came to Tea. I was therefore most interested to see an article on the BBC website about the story and it’s author, Judith Kerr (click here to open the article). I had no idea that the book was first published in 1968 and has never been out of print since. I guess I’m not the only one who likes it!
We see these books around all the time in shops, schools, libraries, at home and rarely give a thought to the back stories of their authors. For instance, I had no idea that Judith Kerr grew up in a Jewish family in Berlin under the shadow of Nazi Germany and was forced to flee with her family to Zurich in order to escape persecution. The effect that had on her later work as a children’s author is up for discussion but some argue that the uninvited guest of the tiger in the story is a parallel with the uninvited and insidious knock on the door that many less fortunate families experienced during the Hitler years.
Still, dark undertones or not, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is still a profoundly engaging story and will remain a firm favourite with Blethers!