Written a year after Beatrix Potter came into ownership of Hill Top, her first farm in the Lake District, "Tom Kitten"" introduces the Hill Top setting that would become a staple in subsequent books. Not much is shown of this idyllic world yet, but the first glimpse is an enticing one! In my opinion, Tom Kitten and his sisters are the most darling characters that Beatrix Potter ever drew. Of all her characters, none looks so adorable as the kittens - with ""dear little fur coats of their own"" - and so balanced in their morphed and human-attired appearances. The story is reminiscent of ""Peter Rabbit"", with a ""very naughty"" child protagonist in his mischievous way but minus the danger posed by Mr. MacGregor. In spite of the resemblance, ""Tom Kitten"" is much gentler than ""Peter Rabbit"" ""Squirrel Nutkin"" and ""Benjamin Bunny"". The farmhouse and the Lake world offers perfect peace that is ruffled only by playful childishness. Every child - and many an adult! - surely can identify with Tom Kitten as his mother takes ""all sort of elegant uncomfortable clothes out of a chase of drawers"" to dress him up for ""the dignity and repose of the tea-party""."
This book is in the following series:
Original Peter Rabbit Books
Beatrix Potter Originals
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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