Osterley Park and House is delighted to present an exhibition that will explore the life and celebrate the work of one of Britain’s best known author–illustrators for children, Judith Kerr.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the much-loved classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the exhibition features high quality facsimiles of Judith Kerr’s original illustrations from the Seven Stories collection and promises to bring this delightful book to life for a new generation of family audiences. Visitors will also see original notes and sketches, and children will enjoy stepping into Sophie’s kitchen to have tea with a life-size tiger. Craft activities, storytelling and a Garden Trail will also keep the little ones entranced.
Neil Cole, General Manager at Osterley Park and House, said: “We’re very much looking forward to hosting the Tiger at Osterley. This special exhibition has something for all ages, as visitors get the chance to step inside the much-loved picture book. The world of The Tiger Who Came to Tea will even continue beyond the exhibition into the Gardens, Café and Shop, creating a very special day out.”
Judith Kerr’s first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea began as a bedtime story for her own children and was published in 1968. It soon became a classic and by the time it celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008, it had been translated into 11 languages and sold over five million copies.
The exhibition, originated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, explores Judith’s childhood and her experiences of having to escape Germany as Hitler came to power, as how it felt to be a refugee in Switzerland, then France, before finally settling in London in 1936. Judith writes about these experiences through three semi-autobiographical novels for older children in her Out of the Hitler Time trilogy, through the story of her alter ego Anna.