A New Old Book
What to do now the rainy season is here? Time to find indoor amusements.
Constance likes to read, and finds the familiar stories of Beatrix Potter both amusing and a good escape from the weather. Beatrix Potter was born 150 years ago this year, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit was her first published book (1902).
Beatrix Potter insisted on making the books small, so that children would like to hold them in their own hands. Gilly likes the extra small size of this book!
What an amazingly delightful surprise to discover a never-before-published Beatrix Potter Tale! The manuscript dates to 1914 and was recently found languishing in the Victoria and Albert Museum, though Beatrix Potter only completed one sketch for the story.
It has finally been released, with illustrations by Quentin Blake! The Hittys loved the story of the adventurous black kitty-cat – such a demure Kitty during the daytime, but off prowling and poaching at night as Miss Catherine St. Quintin, in her handsome boots and Norfolk Jacket.
She has exciting adventures, and meets familiar characters… and drinks restorative cups of tea with her friends at the end of the tale, which inspired the Hittys to do the same…
…but without the mice and rats.