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Published July 22nd 2011
It's the summer school hols. so if you have kids, or else siblings or close friends with kids, then you'll be on the look out for ways to keep on their good sides for the next few weeks. And the unusual opportunity to 'take tea with a tiger', might be just the sort of carrot you need to bribe them into line.
The kids in question have probably read The Tiger Who Came to Tea written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, or had it read to them. First written for her own children and published in 1968, it's since been translated into eleven languages and sold over five million times, and it was a popular staple in my family home when I was growing up. So while your small charges may be convinced to come by the promise of taking tea with a life sized tiger, they'll hopefully be happy to stay and look through the exhibition, which includes original artwork, sketches and notes for the original book.
As well as Sophie and the tiger, Judith also created 'Mog', the grey striped cat who lives with the Thomas family, and wrote 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit', which is a semi-autobiographical account of the Second World War from a child's perspective. Judith Kerr was born in Germany and her Jewish father was a drama critic, journalist and screenwriter who criticised the Nazis, and her novel tells the story of her experiences with a lot of heart – as you might guess, it's another favourite from my own younger days. And there are examples of Judith's childhood drawings and notes in this exhibition, which give another insight into her own experiences.
The Museum of Childhood is hosting the tiger-y teas, and they have an excellent pedigree when it comes to balancing the information and the action in their exhibitions, so you don't see a lot of bored small-uns and you don't hear a lot of whinging here.