The Tailor of Gloucester

beatrix potter originals

Beatrix Potter

No. of pages 35

1 review
Great for age 5+
The Tailor of Gloucester was first published in 1903 and tells the story of a poor tailor trying to survive in his freezing workshop over a hard winter. He has a terribly important commission to complete for the Mayor of Gloucester's wedding on Christmas Day but is ill and tired, and before long is running out of food and thread, as well as time! How will he possibly complete the beautiful coat and embroidered waistcoat? Luckily, there lives in the dresser, some very kind and very resourceful mice who set about helping the poor tailor with his work. Not only are they exceedingly helpful, but they are also, luckily, far far too clever for the tailor's sly cat, Simpkin.


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The Tailor of Gloucester is part of the Peter Rabbit and Friends series. The Tailor of Gloucester is an illustrated book and features the illustrations of Beatrix Potter. It was written for young readers to enjoy. The book includes the character Peter Rabbit.

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Peter Rabbit and Friends
The first of Beatrix Potter's tales - the Tale of Peter Rabbit - started initially as a tale in a letter to the son of her governess, Noel. She revised the story into a book but was unable to find a publisher so published it herself. After its success, Frederick Warne agreed to publish it if she coloured the illustrations. Beatrix went on to write and illustrate a further 22 tales, all of which have become classic best sellers.


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Date: 25/Nov/2014

This is my absolute favourite Beatrix Potter tale about a tailor who is to make the coat for the mayor's wedding but falls ill. Instead the mice creep in and finish it for him so that when he awakes after three days the coat and waistcoat are quite finished apart from one buttonhole and a note saying "no more twist". It is really a play on the old "Elves and the Shoemaker" story. The language in the story is quite old fashioned but it is lovely to read aloud.


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