The Tiger Who Came to Tea Gift Box
The tea set is nice quality and great for role play, and we even put it through the dishwasher with no discernible ill-effects
Buy online at Red House
Initial thoughts: When we saw The Tiger Who Came to Tea in the bookshop, it looked a bit staid and old-fashioned next to more modern, colourful stories. But this classic tale of a tiger who comes to tea with a little girl has been loved by generations, and is consistently ranked one of the best books for pre-schoolers in surveys. This new edition comes complete with a (china) tea set to play with, after you’ve read the story.
We liked: Flea loved the story and likes the fact that the tiger is not entirely well behaved – she’s at an age where she’s just now discovering what ‘cheeky’ is all about, so she loves to read stories of children and animals who don’t do what they’re told. The tea set is nice quality and great for role play and imaginative play, and we put it through the dishwasher with no discernible ill-effects. There are two cups and saucers, and a tea pot, just perfect for role play.
We weren’t keen: Who would make a toy for 3 year olds that involves china? This is only a toy for playing with under supervision, for obvious reasons.
Overall: A lovely gift, but suitable for older pre-schoolers because of the china, which might be broken in younger hands. The story is a classic, and well worth introducing your child to, and this set is currently £5 off at The Red House (December 09)
[Sally, Who’s the Mummy?]