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Coming to Tea (Going...) [Hardcover]

Sarah Garland
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20 Mar 2008 Going...
Sarah Garland's classic series of pre-school books look at every aspect of busy, noisy, muddly family life.

Coming to Tea follows Mum and the children as they invite the family next door to tea, blow up balloons, make jam tarts and biscuits and enjoy all the treats together. But will the weather spoil the party?

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (20 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845077237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845077235
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 19.1 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Garland creates books for children whose families are busy and noisy. Is there any other kind? In Coming to Tea, a plant pot is knocked over, hair is tangly, grass overgrown, a baby fills a nappy. Who cares? Two mums turn tea-time into a party. Garland's drawings are anarchic and jolly, and capture the reality of domestic bliss. (Independent)

About the Author

Sarah Garland is a much-loved author/illustrator who has published more than 40 books. The daughter of a publisher and illustrator, she trained as a typographer at the London College of Printing. She has written many books for children, and also books for adults on herbs and their uses. During her childhood in the New Forest and in recent years she has concentrated on growing a very wide variety of herbs to use in her kitchen, and to treat minor ailments. She lives in Chedworth, Gloucestershire. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Eddie's Garden and Eddie's Kitchen; Going to Playschool, Doing the Garden, Going Swimming, Coming to Tea, Doing the Shopping, Doing Christmas, Having a Picnic and Doing the Washing; Billy and Belle; Dashing Dog; Splash and Zoom.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll the biscuits... 14 Mar 2005
This books is absolutley wonderful for babies and toddlers and I just had to buy a copy after our local library lost theirs!
The text is simple and poetic, so much so that I can recite most of the story without having the book in front of me; "Roll the biscuits, mix the cake, bake the tarts for tea..." and so on.
It is beautifully illustrated with minor details on each page that give you something extra to look out for each time you read it with a baby or small child. The series of books feature a young family of mother, toddler, young girl and a dog going to tea with their neighbours.
This book and the others in the series are a pleasure to read to my 2 year old son, and hopefull will continue to be for sometime yet.
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There are no words in this book, so you can describe the very typical everyday scenes however you like and is relevant to you & your child. My 2 year old enjoys telling the dog off for being in the kitchen and points out that the baby has no shoes! One of a series, guaranteed to delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story & pictures 1 Mar 2013
By drbob
This is a simple story (which helpfully ends in everyone falling asleep), with lovely illustrations full of detail. The slightly exasperated mothers will strike a note of recognition with parents! My son has enjoyed this from 18 months, even if just to point to the dog and cat in the pictures. I'm sure it will remain appropriate as he grows up and learns to read. Recommended book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everything stops for tea! 22 Mar 2013
By Nicola Hardy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
As with the other titles in Sarah Garland's 'Coming and Going' series for toddlers, 'Coming to Tea' depicts a fairly ordinary scene from family life. Mum has invited the neighbours round for tea. There are cakes and biscuits to be baked. Then the guests arrive. The children play together whilst the mums prepare the tea. They start eating outside, until the good old British weather intervenes. Everyone rushes inside and huddles round the Aga, and then it's time for the guests to go home.

As a parent, the thing I love most about Sarah Garland's books are the illustrations - we see a mother who isn't always neatly dressed, and whose home isn't spick and span, but she clearly loves her children and they are shown here working together to get things done. The text in the books is fairly undemanding - it really just describes a sequence of events - but the illustrations give plenty to discuss, and my daughter loves describing what's going on in each picture.

If you're looking for a realistic portrayal of a slice of family life to share with your toddler, then this tale comes highly recommended.

This review refers to the hardback edition of 'Coming to Tea' published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books in 2008.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the pictures 14 Feb 2013
Both of my children love this book and it's never a chore to read it to them. My toddler loves to talk about the pictures which are fun and pack in lots of great detail. She will even "read" it to herself in this way. At 5-and-a-half, my son is now big enough for this to be a good reading book for him and he enjoys being able to translate the text of his old favourite.
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