German-born British author and illustrator Judith Kerr, poses for a photograph at her home in west London on June 12, 2018. - As British author Judith Kerr celebrates turning 95 on Thursday, her famous children's book "The Tiger Who Came To Tea" remains the crowning achievement of a life devoted to writing and drawing after she fled Nazi Germany. The story chronicles Sophie and her mother, having tea in the kitchen when the doorbell rings. In steps a huge tiger who devours all the food and drink before never being seen again. "It was a bedtime story I made up for my daughter who was then three," said the nonagenarian, with curly grey hair and a mischievous smile, in the living room of her south west London brick house where she raised two children. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Pauline FROISSART        (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Judith Kerr's light helped us understand the world's darkness

By Holly Thomas
Buried at the heart of all great children's literature, even the loveliest and most innocent, is a thread of darkness. This was ever true of books by Judith Kerr, beloved author of "The Tiger Who Came To Tea," the Mog the Cat stories, and "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit," who has died aged 95.
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