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Book Title: The Tailor of Gloucester|
The author of the book: Beatrix Potter
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 34.87 MB
Edition: Frederick Warne and Company
Date of issue: October 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9780723241478
Read full description of the books The Tailor of Gloucester:The Tailor that is referred to in Potter's tale is a hardworking tailor who provides the richest in his town with silks and other beautiful garments but he himself is very poor. One day, the Tailor gets his big break as the Mayor of Gloucester asks the Tailor to provide him with a coat for his wedding on Christmas Day. The Tailor of Gloucester gets to it right away as he knows this will lead him to gaining a fortune. He gives money to his cat, Simpkin, (magical realism?) to buy milk and the final piece of the coat - the twist.
(Psssssst if you're reading this and like me know next to nothing about sewing then this is what a twist looks like- courtesy of Google: )
As Simpkin leaves, the Tailor hears noises from the dresser and as he lifts the tea-cups out pop little mice (that Simpkin kept for snacks). Simpkin returns with the twist but upon seeing the Tailor having released all his mice hides the twist in a tea-pot and pretty much induces a fever into the Tailor. The poor (and foolish) Tailor remains ill for three days and three nights all the while tossing and turning and mumbling about his twist. Meanwhile, the mice he set free earlier save the day by sewing the pieces of the Mayor's coat together. Simpkin eventually feels bad for his owner and gives him the twist that he so naughtily (as Beatrix Potter might say so herself) hid in the teapot.
The Tailor rushes to his shop only to find the coat finely sown together- all but one little buttonhole where the mice attach a note saying in tiny handwriting:
No more twist!
And the Tailor lives happily and richly ever after.
Phew! This was one of the longer ones but I enjoyed it all the more. I quite liked that this story was dedicated to (I'm assuming) a friend of Potter's that was quite poorly.
I need not mention the beauty and intricacy of the watercolour drawings. I've raved about it before. It's unfortunate that I only have a kindle copy and must stare at the screen to appreciate Miss Potter's work.
Read information about the authorHelen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist who was best known for her children's books, which featured animal characters such as Peter Rabbit.
Born into a privileged household, Potter was educated by governesses, and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and through holidays in Scotland and the Lake District developed a love of landscape, flora and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted. As a young woman her parents discouraged intellectual development, but her study and paintings of fungi led her to be widely respected in the field of mycology. In her thirties Potter published the highly successful children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and became secretly engaged to her publisher, Norman Warne, causing a breach with her parents, who disapproved of his social status. Warne died before the wedding could take place.
Potter eventually published 23 children's books, and having become financially independent of her parents, was able to buy a farm in the Lake District, which she extended with other purchases over time. In her forties she married a local solicitor, William Heelis. She became a sheep breeder and farmer while continuing to write and illustrate children's books. Potter died in 1943, and left almost all of her property to The National Trust in order to preserve the beauty of the Lake District as she had known it, protecting it from developers.
Potter's books continue to sell well throughout the world, in multiple languages. Her stories have been retold in various formats, including a ballet, films and in animation.
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