A New Old Book

Rain, Rain, Rain

Rain, Rain, Rain

What to do now the rainy season is here?  Time to find indoor amusements.

Old Story

Old Story

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).

Little Story

Little Story

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!

New Story

New Story

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.

And Tea

And Tea

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.

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15 thoughts on “A New Old Book

  1. Beatrix was one of a kind…what a treat on a gloomy rainy day! The tale of the two bad mice brings back beautiful memories of a very special dollhouse! Thank you for bringing it back to mind!

  2. one of my favorite authors and illustrators, Ms Potter. How lovely that a new book has been issued. Your photos and your girls are so charming. A bit rainy here also so I think I shall settle down with a book and cup of tea. You are inspirational!

  3. What an unexpected surprise…it’s nothing less than finding buried treasure…and the best part of it is that everyone gets to enjoy this treasure.

    • A treasure indeed! We just squealed out loud when we found that a new story was being published, and even better – it was every bit as fabulous as we had hoped (except for not being small format)!

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