The Tailor of Gloucester



The Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter Loved The Countryside And She Spent Much Of Her Otherwise Conventional Victorian Childhood Drawing And Studying Animals Her Passion For The Natural World Lay Behind The Creation Of Her Famous Series Of Little Books A Particular Source Of Inspiration Was The English Lake District Where She Lived For The Last Thirty Years Of Her Life As A Farmer And Land Conservationist, Working With The National TrustShe Described The Tailor Of Gloucester As Her Own Favourite Among Her Books It Was Based On The True Story Of A Tailor Who Left The Unsewn Pieces Of A Coat In His Shop And Found That The Garment Had Been Mysteriously Finished For Him In The Night It Turned Out That The Real Tailor S Assistants Were His Apprentices, But In Beatrix Potter S Version Of The Story The Secret Helpers Are Skilful Little Brown Mice

10 thoughts on “The Tailor of Gloucester

  1. says:

    I think this is my favorite of all of Beatrix Potter s lovely illustrated tales and it was the author s favorite too It has a Christmastime setting and a nice message about the spirit of the season, so it was great to revisit it A poor, aged tailor in England in olden times, when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta, has a major sewing project that could make him or break him the mayor of Gloucester is getting married in four days, on Christmas, and th I think this is my favorite of all of Beatrix Potter s lovely illustrated tales and it was the author s favorite too It has a Christmastime setting and a nice message about the spirit of the season, so it was great to revisit it A poor, aged tailor in England in olden times, when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta, has a major sewing project that could make him or break him the mayor of Gloucester is getting married in four days, on Christmas, and the tailor has accepted the task of sewing a coat of cherry coloured corded silk embroidered with pansies and roses, and a cream coloured satin waistcoat trimmed with gauze and green worsted chenille I love the clothing descriptions All the pieces of cloth have been cut out, and all the trimming except the tailor needs oneskein of cherry coloured twisted silk.But it s late, so the tailor goes home and asks his cat Simpkin to use his last fourpence to buy food and the twist, because cats run errands in these kinds of books While Simpkin is off doing the shopping, the tailor hears some little knocking noises He turns over several teacups, and there are mice underneath They bow and curtsy politely and then run off But Simpkin is angry when he gets home and his mouse dinner has disappeared So he hides the twist of silk Now the tailor is terribly sick in bed, and he doesn t know where the twist is, and Simpkin is still pouting about his mice How will the mayor get his wedding coat and waistcoat So delightful how Beatrix Potter weaves together legends animals speaking on Christmas Eve mice acting like little elves and the spirit of Christmas This story of the tailor also has some basis in fact, per Wikipedia in Potter s day some apprentices surprised a tailor by finishing a major project overnight The tailor liked to say it was the fairies who did it This enchanting 1903 children s story is free online here at Project Gutenberg, along with the illustrations.December 2018 buddy read with the Retro Reads group

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    My kid s grandma bought us a 12 book set of the original Beatrix Potter books I ll be reviewing them at random and out of order.This book is so so sooo long that it made me appreciate the conciseness of the others in the series Nothing was really gained by having so manywords except that it takes longer to read The whole thing is rendered a bit dull by the length.But the unnecessary length aside, there s an okay story here about a poor tailor, some needy wealthy patron, a moody cat, and My kid s grandma bought us a 12 book set of the original Beatrix Potter books I ll be reviewing them at random and out of order.This book is so so sooo long that it made me appreciate the conciseness of the others in the series Nothing was really gained by having so manywords except that it takes longer to read The whole thing is rendered a bit dull by the length.But the unnecessary length aside, there s an okay story here about a poor tailor, some needy wealthy patron, a moody cat, and a lot of grateful mice who help the tailor out after he frees them from the cat s weird cup torture routine The illustrations are, as always, pretty good.At this point I d read a lot of stories like this one overworked worker gets supernatural help and gets famous , but my kid hadn t My kid liked it for the most part, though there were a lot of questions about the drawn out endless scenes of tailoring that didn t really offer much in terms of practice or detail.But hey, it was refreshing to get a happy ish ending from Beatrix Potter for once

  3. says:

    A tailor falls ill before Christmas and cannot finish an important coat for the mayor Luckily some mice with super sewing skills help in this Christmas version of the elves and the shoemaker The illustrations are lovely and we really enjoyed the part where it mentions the legend that animals can talk on Christmas Eve after midnight and before dawn We found it interesting that the only other illustration we can think of depicting at tailor at work also shows the tailor sitting cross legged on A tailor falls ill before Christmas and cannot finish an important coat for the mayor Luckily some mice with super sewing skills help in this Christmas version of the elves and the shoemaker The illustrations are lovely and we really enjoyed the part where it mentions the legend that animals can talk on Christmas Eve after midnight and before dawn We found it interesting that the only other illustration we can think of depicting at tailor at work also shows the tailor sitting cross legged on the table We enjoyed the sewing details and after a trip to buy some sewing supplies yesterday, we are confident there will not be the cries of Notwist from our house this Christmas

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    I m currently revisiting all of Beatrix Potter s works, and this one, was next on my list I think this beautiful book is probably a favourite It has a certain atmosphere, and it makes one think of Xmas I think it is wonderful how Potter manages to create and weave together a story with mice and humans with ease The illustrations are of an exquisite quality, as they are with all of the Beatrix Potter books These add to the experience in a profound way, and it is very understandable why these I m currently revisiting all of Beatrix Potter s works, and this one, was next on my list I think this beautiful book is probably a favourite It has a certain atmosphere, and it makes one think of Xmas I think it is wonderful how Potter manages to create and weave together a story with mice and humans with ease The illustrations are of an exquisite quality, as they are with all of the Beatrix Potter books These add to the experience in a profound way, and it is very understandable why these books have stood the test of time

  5. says:

    Lovely story My fourth Potter Funny to see how people appreciate the different stories I particularly loved this a bitelaborate storty and the little drawings of the finely dressed mice and the Christmas town images I m a fan.

  6. says:

    Oh my goodness So sweet

  7. says:

    Unlike the previous two stories, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin , this tale of a human tailor of Gloucester is a longer,developed story, which took me for surprise as I was not expecting anything particularly lengthy during my read through of these Beatrix Potter tales, and it was heartily welcomed.Whilst I still consider Beatrix to be primarily an illustrator, her story telling prowess is quite evident here The tale flows and the characters are brought to Unlike the previous two stories, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin , this tale of a human tailor of Gloucester is a longer,developed story, which took me for surprise as I was not expecting anything particularly lengthy during my read through of these Beatrix Potter tales, and it was heartily welcomed.Whilst I still consider Beatrix to be primarily an illustrator, her story telling prowess is quite evident here The tale flows and the characters are brought to life not only by her wonderful drawings but also through their actions It is such a charming little tale of humans and animals working in harmony together, though I didn t feel any of the tweeness I felt when reading the previous two Perhaps because a human is main stage and we see the world through their eyes rather than through the animals that it becomes a littlereal, as opposed to being personified animals in woods wearing clothing.Being English, I ve always been incredibly aware of Beatrix Potter and in particular Peter Rabbit, but I ve never read her stories except possibly one or two when I was much younger and never had a sense of what she was like as a storyteller in her own words rather than her imagination being used in films Whilst her illustrations are definitely the pinnacle of these books, her words are not so twee and cutesy as one has been first led to believe

  8. says:

    I think that this was my youngest daughter s favorite Beatrix Potter Beatrix Potter is one children s author that I truly enjoy, and this is one of the sweetest.

  9. says:

    Miss Potter, may I ask what your new book will be about Some mice help a tailor make a waistcoat But the ending is flat No twist Ah of course A wonderful suggestion

  10. says:

    Fantastic little book

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