Anne Judith Kerr, who received her OBE (Order of the British Empire) on January 25, 2013,was born on June 14,1923 in Berlin,Germany. The British writer and illustrator fled Germany with her family in 1933 because her father, also a writer, had been quite outspoken in his criticism of the Nazis.
Judith Kerr is perhaps best known for her picture books such as the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea. She has also written novels for older children such as the autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit which give a child’s-eye view of the Second World War.
In our family, we first met Judith Kerr in Germany, and we read her books in German. What we didn’t know at the time was that she was actually writing in English! We loved Mog and the silly adventures and scrapes he got himself into, no matter the language.
Eventually, we got our hands on almost every book that Mrs. Kerr wrote. I think, though, that our favorite, spanning all generations is The Tiger who Came to Tea. It doesn’t matter who is reading, or who is listening, we NEVER get tired of it, ever! And it was really funny when my dearest friend from England happened to be here at the same time our grandson was visiting us. She saw our well-worn copy of “Tea” as it is referred to and exclaimed “Oh, but this is an English classic!” Well, yes.
But some things cross the pond and traverse the globe.
Well done, Mrs. Kerr and congratulations on your appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to children’s literature and Holocaust education.