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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dodo Press (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406558893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406558890
  • 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 (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,629,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter (1866-1943). --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Once upon a time there were three little kittens, and their names were Mitten, Tom Kitten, and Moppet.

They had dear little fur coats of their own; and they tumbled about the doorstep and played in the dust.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Tale of Tom Kitten is Beatrix Potter at her best. It is certainly one of our family favorites. This is the story of three kittens all dressed in their best clothes and set out to play. They struggle to keep their clothes on only to lose them. They meet three ducks along the way who waddle off with the poorly fitted clothes. When the kittens return home their mother sends them upstairs while she hosts a tea party. Of course they cause a ruckus disturbing the "dignity and repose" of the party. The book ends with the ducks still searching for the clothes at the bottom of a pond. What makes Beatrix Potter so wonderful is her delightful vocablary that stretches a childs intellect. There is a mutual respect between Potter and the reader. Having drawn and painted animals and plant life since a child she is a master of anthropomorphisim, the giving of human qualities to animals or objects. Her delicate watercolors are perfectly suited to the playfullness of the story. This is a classic that should be a part of every child's library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By darragh o'donoghue on May 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
'The Tale Of Tom Kitten' sees Beatrix Potter at her most fey. Three young kittens muck about in the garden, tormenting their neighbouring creatures, and generally being boisterous-but-nice kids. Their class-conscious mother (very few fathers in Potter's world) is having relatives around for tea, and gives her children unwelcome baths and brushings down, before making them wear the most appallingly naff Sundaywear. Unfortunately, Tom's been eating one too many pork pies, and bursts out of his pale blue two-piece, looking rather seedy.
The charm of this story lies in the infectious playfulness of the children, their universally-understandable indifference to their elders' desire for 'respectability', and the quaint evocation of an Edwardian farmstead.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on October 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For some reason, I missed out on Beatrix Potter as a child so I rectified that omission by searching for the original and authorized editions of her books, illustrated by her own hand. My two favorites concern the adventures of Tom Kitten and his two sisters, Mittens and Moppet: "They had dear little fur coats of their own; and they tumbled about the doorstep and played in the dust."

Unfortunately, their mother, Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit (we never meet their father), interrupts the kittens' dusty idyll to wash and dress them because she is expecting company for tea. Tom Kitten has put on quite a bit of weight since the last time he wore his suit, and he bursts all of his buttons. After his mum sews them back on, she turns her three progeny out into the garden and admonishes them to stay clean.

Well, you can imagine how that turned out. Not only did they lose their mittens, they lost Everything. Mum had to lock them into their bedroom and inform her guests that her children had the measles (not precisely the truth.)

If you would like to pursue the further adventures of Tom Kitten, Mittens, and Moppet, read The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding (Potter 23 Tales).
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A true classic! I LOVE all of Beatrix Potter's stories! When I read her tales I'm transported to the world her characters live in and I'm joining in the characters adventures, especially Tom Kitten and his sisters. Who wouldn't love to be with them and the mischief they get into? I read this to my 7 year old niece and 5 year old nephew who absolutely loved the story. Yes, I did have to explain the meaning of some words to them, especially some British English, but they quickly caught on and were absolutely thrilled and delighted with the story and its characters. My only complaint with Beatrix Potter's books is with the small size of the pictures. I would love it if the publishers produced editions with larger pictures so children could better see the tale as it visually unfolds for them. It would also make it easier for us adults to show the pictures as we read the story to the little ones.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darien Summers on March 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
An all too familiar tale that any child can relate to: mother makes kids dress up nice for company, kids get dirty and are then made to stay in their room. However, the tale isn't told in such a dry sense. Quite the opposite actually, and done in such a short amount of words that the reader gets the feeling that no words are wasted (well, too the adult reader anyway). In other words, the writing is outstanding, to say the least.

This story introduces many animal characters that I'm sure your son or daughter will love. Although not a lot is said about these characters in great detail, the innocent sense of childhood serenity is priceless in this classic tale that has endured for many years.

Darien Summers, author of The Mischievous Hare, a children's book. The Mischievous Hare
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this happened once and now I orchestrate it because it's just so cute:

I am reading to my daughter and I can't QUITE see the words since she's holding the book, but since we read this a lot, I know most of them. This conversation happens:
Me: They stopped and stared up at the kittens. They had very small eyes and looked surprised.
Magnolia: You wanna try again, mommy?
Me: hmm?
Magnolia: stood in a row
Me: (pushing the pages of the book so I can see better) They stopped and stood in a row and stared up at the kittens...
Magnolia: good job, mommy. That's better.

this is a very cute book.
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