The tiger said, "Excuse me, but I'm very hungry. Do you think I could have tea with you?"
Sophie's mummy said, "Of course, come in."
So the tiger came into the kitchen and sat down at the table.
This tiger was not kidding when it said it was very hungry. It ate all their biscuits and buns, drank their tea and milk and all the water from the tap.
It ate every morsel of food in Sophie's house.
Yet there was not a word of objection from Sophie and her mummy. They were very good hosts.
When it finished, the tiger thanked them and went off.
And it was only then did Sophie's mummy feel troubled: There wasn't any food left. No supper for Daddy!
If there ever was a more polite tiger ...
Or a more generous pair of mother and daughter.
I thought this picture book classic was charming and definitely one I'd have appreciated when I was a kid. (Although I'm not sure if most children these days would enjoy this as much.) How very British, too! Ooh, there's a ring. Who's there? It's a tiger. Oh dear, it's hungry. Of course you may come in for tea! Help yourself to all of it. Mmmh, you are really hungry, aren't you? Go ahead and check the cabinets for more food. Oh, you're done? Goodbye, take care! Oh no, there's no food left for Daddy's supper. What shall we do? Say what, Daddy? Oh, what a great idea! Let's ...
Did you host "tea parties" when you were a child? I used to do that with my sisters and we had bears and dolls as guests. I think there was a snow leopard, too ... How about you? Who were your guests?
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