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The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (Peter Rabbit) Hardcover – September 16, 2002
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About the Author
Beatrix Potter loved the countryside and spent much of her childhood drawing and studying animals. The Tale of Peter Rabbit¸ published in 1902, was her first book, expanded from an illustrated letter she had sent to a young friend. Beatrix Potter went on to publish more than 20 tales and collections of rhymes.
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Once upon a time there was a little girl called Lucie, who lived at a farm called Little-town. She was a good little girl - only she was always losing her pocket-handkerchiefs!
One day little Lucie came into the farm-yard crying - oh, she did cry so! "I've lost my pocket-handkin! Three handkins and a pinny! Have you seen them, Tabby Kitten?"
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Top Customer Reviews
P.S. It's short enough to read for a bedtime story without moving your bedtime back.
It is a charming story with beautiful illustrations. My boys really enjoy looking at the pictures of this book! I enjoy reading this one to them! When they are older, this book will be perfect for their beginner's lessons. The pictures are charming and the story itself is lovely.
You will find her delightful writing making her book a good choice for bedtime stories. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggly-Winkle does mention some of the other characters found in Potter's books. You will find mention of Squirrel Nutkin, Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit in her charming story.
Recommend as a bedtime story for children of all ages.
In this story, the human girl Lucie interacts freely with Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, a hedgehog. It's not realized until the end that she is another species (at least by Lucie), but the very fact of their interaction is just...odd, in context of the larger series.
It's also a rather long Potter story, for all that...nothing really happens. Like, nothing. It's kind of a big disappointment, actually. It's fine for a read, but I don't imagine many kids will want repeats of this particular tale.
While you can buy Potter stories individually, I have to advocate for getting a complete or near-complete collection of her stories. While Mr. Jeremy Fisher will entertain most children for one or two readings, it does not shine unless taken in with the rest of Potter's works. And make absolutely sure you get one a collection with the original illustrations of Beatrix Potter herself. Her genius was not just in text, but in her visual storytelling. The watercolor technique in general is quite difficult and unforgiving, but Potter seems to have practiced it with as much ease as if she's gone into a countryside with a modern camera. Crisp and lively, these pictures are true works of art.
Keep in mind, all of Beatrix Potter's works are in the public domain! You can find fairly cheap copies out there, since royalties don't need to be paid to anyone. Just double-check quality before putting your money down.