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The Tale of Tom Kitten
     

The Tale of Tom Kitten

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by Beatrix Potter
 

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The Tale of Tom Kitten is a children's book, written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. It was released by Frederick Warne & Co. in September 1907. The tale is about manners and how children react to them. Tabitha Twitchit, a cat, invites friends for tea. She washes and dresses her three kittens for the party, but within moments the kittens have soiled and lost their

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The Tale of Tom Kitten is a children's book, written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. It was released by Frederick Warne & Co. in September 1907. The tale is about manners and how children react to them. Tabitha Twitchit, a cat, invites friends for tea. She washes and dresses her three kittens for the party, but within moments the kittens have soiled and lost their clothes while scampering about the garden. Tabitha is "affronted". She sends the kittens to bed, and tells her friends the kittens have the measles. Once the tea party is underway however, its "dignity and repose" are disturbed by the kittens romping overhead and leaving a bedroom in disorder.

Potter's career as a children's author and illustrator was launched in 1902 with the release of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She continued to publish, and, in 1905, bought Hill Top, a farm in Lancashire, with the sales profits from her books and a small legacy from an aunt. Her tales then took inspiration from the farm, its woodland surroundings, and nearby villages. Work began on Tom Kitten in 1906 and its setting became the Hill Top farmhouse. Illustrations depict the interior of the house and the gardens, paths, and gate at the front of the house.

Twenty thousand copies of the book were released in September 1907 and another 12,500 the following December. Potter composed a few miniature letters for child friends as if from the characters in the tale, and, in 1917, she released a painting book under Tom Kitten's name. In 1935, two books of piano pieces and piano duets for children were published with one piece inspired by Tom Kitten and another by the Puddle-Ducks. Tom and other characters in the book have become the subjects of a variety of merchandise over the years including porcelain figurines and plush toys. The tale is still in print, and has been translated and published in several languages.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015566451
Publisher:
Balefire Management
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
60
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit which celebrated the British landscape and country life.

Born into a privileged Unitarian family, Potter, along with her younger brother, Walter Bertram (1872–1918), grew up with few friends outside her large extended family. Her parents were artistic, interested in nature and enjoyed the countryside. As children, Beatrix and Bertram had numerous small animals as pets which they observed closely and drew endlessly. Summer holidays were spent in Scotland and in the English Lake District where Beatrix developed a love of the natural world which was the subject of her painting from an early age.

She was educated by private governesses until she was eighteen. Her study of languages, literature, science and history was broad and she was an eager student. Her artistic talents were recognized early. Although she was provided with private art lessons, Potter preferred to develop her own style, particularly favoring watercolor. Along with her drawings of her animals, real and imagined, she illustrated insects, fossils, archeological artefacts, and fungi. In the 1890s her mycological illustrations and research on the reproduction of fungi spores generated interest from the scientific establishment. Following some success illustrating cards and booklets, Potter wrote and illustrated The Tale of Peter Rabbit publishing it first privately in 1901, and a year later as a small, three-color illustrated book with Frederick Warne & Co. She became unofficially engaged to her editor Norman Warne in 1905 despite the disapproval of her parents, but he died suddenly a month later, of leukemia.

With the proceeds from the books and a legacy from an aunt, Potter bought Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey, a tiny village in the English Lake District near Ambleside in 1905. Over the next several decades, she purchased additional farms to preserve the unique hill country landscape.

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The Tale of Tom Kitten 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story about the three kittens. Good pictures.
BookFairy51 More than 1 year ago
Adorable book. I had the entire set as a child and I've always loved them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so many errors it is not even funny. Also They say that the rats grab the dough and butter for the cat pudding before the cat falls into thier den, and repeat that they go grab that dough and pudding again for the cat pudding after the cat falls into thier den. And thier is lots of random simbols including,:;@#$1368'$& and other random words in thier and mispellings. I suggest reading the regular hard cover with pages you can flip with your hands.
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Bye for the baby
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Very good little book!
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This is the worst book i have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My little brother, Philip & Iliked to read and look at the pictures. It was a little bit missspelled but was still a great book! Now then"bye bye!" - Hayoung Yun & Philip Yun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's ok. It's kind of hard to read because of it having the miss spelling problem, but at least the book is free. The story is short but still, i like the books beatrix potter makes. I once saw a movie about this book before. It was a cartoon, but i really liked it. Maybe i will be able to find it. This book does have nice pictures in it. So that helps the book. - Nicole
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So cute story! It is a great story for the children! Also love the pictures! But some words in the book are not correct so that is why I gave it a three stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love beatrix potter .its so cure . SHE DRAWS SO NICE .im from enlannd my self its so pretty her house is so pretty isnt it talkto me say some thing to me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate this book sooooooooooooooo much I hate book and i did not get because the picture were mess up
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