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About Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter is one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, capturing our imagination for over 100 years with her beautifully illustrated Tales. However, few people are aware of the fascinating woman that Beatrix was or the achievements she accomplished in her lifetime, during an era when ambitious women were not allowed to flourish. An artist, storyteller, botanist, environmentalist, farmer and businesswoman, Potter was a visionary and a trailblazer and left an incredible legacy.
From her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) she went on to create a series of stories based around animal characters including Mrs Tiggy-winkle, Mr Jeremy Fisher and Tom Kitten. Her humorous, lively tales and beautiful illustrations have become a natural part of childhood.
Since 1984 more than 150 million Beatrix Potter books have been sold around the world, whilst over 2 million Beatrix Potter books are sold every year worldwide – so one Beatrix Potter books sells somewhere in the world every 15 seconds!
A source of inspiration was the Lake District where she lived for the last thirty years of her life as a farmer and conservationist.
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Beatrix Potter created some of the world's most beloved characters, and they will be coming to life in a movie slated for Spring 2018. And this book, written in 1941 but never illustrated, introduces the charming Kitty-in-Boots, who has been imagined by Quentin Blake.
When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all—Mr. Tod! This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains, and even an appearance from Peter Rabbit.
Author: Beatrix Potter
First published 1902
Frederick Warne & Co., 1902
Printed and bound in Great Britain by William Clowes Limited, Beccles and London
This original, authorised version has been lovingly recreated electronically for the first time, with reproductions of Potter's unmistakeable artwork optimised for use on colour devices such as the iPad.
Do you ever feel that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence? Well, so did Johnny Town-Mouse and Timmy Willie. One was a town mouse and one was a country mouse, and when they end up in each other's worlds they soon discover that they were much happier where they started!
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse is number 13 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
The Gift of the Magi (O. Henry)
The Holy Night (Selma Lagerlöf)
A Merry Christmas & Other Christmas Stories (Louisa May Alcott)
A Letter from Santa Claus (Mark Twain)
The Night After Christmas
The Child Born at Bethlehem
The Adoration of the Shepherds
The Visit of the Wise Men
As Joseph Was A-Walking
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Beatrix Potter)
Where Love Is, God Is (Leo Tolstoy)
The Three Kings (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
A Christmas Carol (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (L. Frank Baum)
Christmas At Sea (Robert Louis Stevenson)
The Savior Must Have Been A Docile Gentleman (Emily Dickinson)
The Heavenly Christmas Tree (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
The Little City of Hope (F. Marion Crawford)
The First Christmas Of New England (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
Christmas in the Olden Time (Walter Scott)
Christmas In India (Rudyard Kipling)
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Wonderful Wizard of OZ (L. Frank Baum)
Ring Out, Wild Bells (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
Little Lord Fauntleroy (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
Black Beauty (Anna Sewell)
The Christmas Child (Hesba Stretton)
Granny's Wonderful Chair (Frances Browne)
The Romance of a Christmas Card (Kate Douglas Wiggin)
Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
The Wonderful Life - Story of the life and death of our Lord (Hesba Stretton)
The Christmas Angel (A. Brown)
Christmas at Thompson Hall (Anthony Trollope)
Christmas Every Day (William Dean Howells)
The Lost Word (Henry van Dyke)
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (E. T. A. Hoffmann)
The Little Match Girl
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Star Talers
"The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin" is about an impertinent red squirrel named Nutkin and his narrow escape from an owl called Old Brown.
"The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle" - Mrs. Tiggy-winkle is a hedgehog washerwoman who lives in a tiny cottage in the fells of the Lake District. A child named Lucie happens upon the cottage and stays for tea.
"The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher" - Jeremy Fisher is a frog who lives in a "slippy-sloppy" house at the edge of a pond. One rainy day he collects worms for fishing, and sets off across the pond on his lily-pad boat.
"The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck": Jemima is a domestic duck of the Aylesbury breed, whose eggs are routinely confiscated by the farmer's wife because she believes Jemima a poor sitter. Jemima searches for a place away from the farm where she can hatch her eggs without human interference, and naively confides her woes to a fox…
"The Tale of Ginger and Pickles" tells of two shopkeepers who extend unlimited credit to their customers and, as a result, are forced to go out of business.
"The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes" - Timmy Tiptoes is a squirrel believed to be a nut-thief by his fellows, and imprisoned by them in a hollow tree with the expectation that he will confess under confinement.
"The Tale of Mr. Tod" is about a badger called Tommy Brock and his arch enemy Mr. Tod, a fox. Brock kidnaps the children of Benjamin Bunny and his wife Flopsy, intending to eat them, and hides them in an oven in the home of Mr. Tod.
"The Tale of Pigling Bland" describes the adventures of the pig of the title and how his life changes upon meeting a soul mate, in much the same way that Potter's life was changing at the time the book was published.