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The Tailor of Gloucester
     

The Tailor of Gloucester

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by Beatrix Potter
 

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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

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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. The Tailor of Gloucester is number three in Beatrix Potter's series of 23 little books, the titles of which are as follows: 1 The Tale of Peter Rabbit 2 The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin 3 The Tailor of Gloucester 4 The Tale of Benjamin Bunny 5 The Tale of Two Bad Mice 6 The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle 7 The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher 8 The Tale of Tom Kitten 9 The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck 10 The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies 11 The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse 12 The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes 13 The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse 14 The Tale of Mr. Tod 15 The Tale of Pigling Bland 16 The Tale of Samuel Whiskers 17 The Tale of The Pie and the Patty-Pan 18 The Tale of Ginger and Pickles 19 The Tale of Little Pig Robinson 20 The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit 21 The Story of Miss Moppet 22 Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes 23 Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes

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Children's Literature - Cheri Stowers
Back in the days when gentleman wore ruffles and waistcoats, there lived a poor old tailor with his snarly cat, Simken. All day the tailor measured, snipped, and sewed, piecing together fine clothing for the gentility of the village. As Christmas day drew near, the tailor hurried to finish a very special coat trimmed with satin and silk. It had to be done just right for it was to be the mayor's wedding apparel. As evening approached, the weary tailor noticed that he'd run short of silk thread. "Oh dear," the tailor moaned. His meager earnings were almost gone; and how could he possibly finish the coat on time? No one heard his worried cries except for the squeaky little mice. That night, the poor old tailor became very ill with a fever. Little did he know as he tossed and turned in fitful sleep, that the merry bunch of mice had scuttled over to the tailor shop. All night long they snipped and sewed, singing merrily all the while. And in the morning when the old tailor trudged to the shop, he was met with a wonderful surprise! There on the table lay the most beautiful coat he'd ever seen. This classic story and the beautiful artwork, rendered in muted watercolors, combine to make a delightful children's book. A great read aloud especially at Christmastime. This beloved story and many others are part of the "Rabbit Ears: A Classic Tale" series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780723247722
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Peter Rabbit Series , #3
Pages:
58
Sales rank:
284,960
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 5.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets - when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta - there lived a tailor in Gloucester. He sat in the window of a little shop in Westgate Street, cross-legged on a table, from morning till dark.

Meet 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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The Tailor of Gloucester 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to get this Free NookBook by Beatrix Potter. It was an old library book and usually these free books are unreadable. This one is terrific. Beatrix Potter's beautiful watercolors of the Tailor, the cat "Simpkin", and the mice in their finery are all here. If there ever was a time I could enjoy seeing a mouse, this is it. The story is sweet. The tailor is very poor, but he wants to make a coat for the Mayor of Gloucester. He sends Simpkin out in the snow to buy food and some "twist" (cherry colored thread), to finish the coat. The story comes alive with Potter's delightful watercolors of the tailor, Simpkin the cat, and the formally dressed mice who help the tailor. It's a wonderful book for Beatrix Potter fans and children of all ages.
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Blubel67 More than 1 year ago
A magical setting in wintry England brings us a tale of devotion and triumph, written with the loveliest language a child's ear could imagine. Beatrix Potter lives on through her marvelous mice, in a book small enough for the hands of little ones but big enough to swell the hearts and imaginations of those of all ages.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The ill tailor is in a jam. He has freed all the mice his cat had caught for supper, and in turn, his devious cat has hidden the last skein of twist (thread) for the Lord High Mayor's Christmas/wedding waistcoat. During the night, the grateful mice finish stitching the coat, all except the last buttonhole because they run out of twist. Not to be outdone by kind mice, the cat relents and returns the twist to the tailor. All is saved for the old man. A long story rich with beautiful pictures and clever plot, the story appeals to young and old alike. For over 3; perhaps broken-up because of its length. A Rabbit Ears Production Storybook Classic. Also comes in audio and video, narrated by Meryl Streep with music by the Chieftains.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this to read to my 5 year old granddaughter when she visited at Christmas. She was enchanted with the story. The pictures and story line are classic. Would highly recommend to anyone.
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