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The Tailor of Gloucester (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press) Paperback – October 26, 2007

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Written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter (1866-1943). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets - when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta - there lived a tailor in Gloucester. He sat in the window of a little shop in Westgate Street, cross-legged on a table, from morning till dark.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dodo Press (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406558729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406558722
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)was a writer and illustrator. The Lake District where she lived for the last thirty years of her life as a farmer and conservationist was a particular source of her inspiration, and her passion for the natural world lay behind the creation of her famous little books.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite of the Beatrix Potter books, and I probably read all of them as a child. It's ideal for a slightly older child. A very sweet story of a tailor, his cat, and a group of mice who save his business when he is too ill to work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Buning on August 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It would be almost impossible to pick a favorite of the Beatrix Potter books, but if I had to, this would be it. The story and the artwork combine to make a perfect children's (or adult's)book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Herger on January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My family has read this book every Christmas Eve out loud since 1903 - never missed a Christmas. It is one of our family traditions and each child as they have grown up has gotten their own copy to read at their house. I remember my dad reading it, I read it to my kids, and now they are reading it on Christmas Eve too. My grandparents and then me much later even had a striped cat named Simpkin, A wonderful atory with beautiful illustrations.
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The Taylor of Gloucester is a well written fanciful tale enhanced by the charming COLOR illustrations by Beatrix Potter. This book actually has the essential elements of a story: a setting, conflict, a plot and characters: A mischievous cat, clever mice who can sing and sew, and a generous good-hearted tailor.

The kind tailor cuts out clothing for the mice using leftover scraps of fabric. The tailor is out of thread which he needs to complete a suit of clothes for the mayor and sends his cat to the store for a number of items including cherry colored twist, which the mouse-hungry conniving cat hides in the teapot. The tailor becomes ill, too ill to finish sewing the mayors coat. The cleaver mice sing and sew the garments for him and they complete all but one buttonhole. The guilty cat repents and gets the twist from the teapot and all ends well.

Unlike the illustrations in most of the current books of fiction for children, the colorful illustrations in this book are not only charming, they are inspiring.
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Beatrix Potter self-published this story with one set of pictures and a lot more lines of text than her publisher would usually let her include. A year later Warne, her publisher put out the "authorized" version that you see 99% of the time. NEITHER version does justice to Potter's original art, some of which has been preserved and is visible online in various museum sites. But a century ago, the painting was considered a starting point for the lithographers and others involved in the printing process, and nobody expected to actually replicate the painting. When I saw this advertised, I was excited because i was hoping it would use the original paintings as well as the original text. What it uses is the original PRINTED version. So it will be different from the versions you've seen before, longer with different art. This makes it a worthwhile and inexpensive addition to any Beatrix Potter collection.

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Five stars for a story that I've known and loved since childhood -- now some seventy years gone by. "The Tailor of Gloucester" fits in quite nicely with the other "Christmas Classics:" Dickens' " Christmas Carol," and "Mr. Pickwick's Christmas;" O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi;" and van Dyke's "The Story of The Other Wiseman."

Compared to my eighty-something years old copy, the binding appears to be equal, if somewhat different. The color plates -- remade, I am given to understand -- are superb.

I bought this as a Christmas present. Do your Christmas shopping early!
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In our fast-moving, attention-deficient world, Potter's charming mousetale is an oasis of gentle story-telling and art.. This is a staight-forward photographic reproduction of the pages of the 1903 edition. One can imagine the lovely original but lacking that, it is good to, at least, have this. Especially wonderful are the songs of the birds and bats on Christmas Day and, of course, of the mice, themselves as they work. I believe a few may have also worked on a garment for "Cinderelly"!
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I, my daughter and my grandchildren all love this story about little mice who pay back a kind man who has helped them. Beatrix Potter tells her story, in part, by what she doesn't say, and it's a good chance to help the children learn to "read between the lines" to figure out what was happening that was not said. Plus, the illustrations are wonderful, as with all Beatrix Potter books!
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