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The Tailor of Gloucester

Beatrix Potter

Book Overview: 

The story is about a tailor whose work on a waistcoat is finished by the grateful mice he rescues from his cat and was based on a real world incident involving a tailor and his assistants.

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Book Excerpt: 

In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets—when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta—there lived a tailor in Gloucester.

He sat in the window of a little shop in Westgate Street, cross-legged on a table, from morning till dark.

All day long while the light lasted he sewed and snippeted, piecing out his satin and pompadour, and lutestring; stuffs had strange names, and were very expensive in the days of the Tailor of Gloucester.

But although he sewed fine silk for his neighbours, he himself was very, very poor—a little old man in spectacles, with a pinched face, old crooked fingers, and a suit of thread-bare clothes.

He cut his coats without waste, according to his embroidered cloth; they were very small ends and snippets that lay about upon the table—". . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is definitely one of my absolute favorites of Beatrix Potter's books!
The illustrations are breathtaking, and the story is so heartwarming!

What a delightful little christmas tale.

The best tailor in the city of Gloucester is tasked with making the finest jacket and waistcoat for the mayor who's to be married on Christmas Day.

Even though the tailor was poor he had pride in his work and was happy for the mice to have any leftover fabric.

A classic story that reminds me of my childhood and brings me nothing but joy.

Oh my goodness! So sweet!

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

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 t

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