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The Tale of Mr. Tod

Beatrix Potter

Book Overview: 

The tale 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. Benjamin and his friend Peter Rabbit have followed Tommy Brock in an attempt to rescue the babies. When Mr. Tod finds Brock asleep in his bed, he determines to get him out of the house. His initial attempt fails, and the two eventually come to blows. Under cover of the fight, the rabbits rescue the baby rabbits.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .When Flopsy and Benjamin came back—old Mr. Bouncer woke up. Tommy Brock and all the young rabbit-babies had disappeared!

Mr. Bouncer would not confess that he had admitted anybody into the rabbit hole. But the smell of badger was undeniable; and there were round heavy footmarks in the sand. He was in disgrace; Flopsy wrung her ears, and slapped him.

Benjamin Bunny set off at once after Tommy Brock.

There was not much difficulty in tracking him; he had left his foot-mark and gone slowly up the winding footpath through the wood. Here he had rooted up the moss and wood sorrel. There he had dug quite a deep hole for dog darnel; and had set a mole trap. A little stream crossed the way. Benjamin skipped lightly over dry-foot; the badger's heavy steps showed plainly in the mud.

The path led to a part of the thicket where the trees had been cleared; there were leafy oak stumps, and a sea of blue hyacinths—but the sme. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The perfect study of gullibility, betrayal, opportunism and revenge, proving that there's no honour among thieves. Very dark - down to the unusual density of black and white illustrations.

disagreeable indeed!

Sometimes I notice a vague pop culture assumption that Beatrix Potter stories are all sweetness and innocence, with cute jacket-wearing bunnies making harmless mischief. But while many of her books are lighthearted and pleasant, quite a few of them tend to be grim(Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddle-Duck) and even downright...grim(Squirrel

Beatrix Potter is a much better storyteller when her tales are longer. She delves deeper in to the nature of animals-the darker side of their nature-and her stories are better for it.

There are two more dangerous animals in this tale-a fox and a badger-and rather than being calm gentle...more

Ovo je najlepša knjiga za decu koju sam ja ikad videla, prosto mi je žao što mi niko nije ovo čitao kad sam bila mala. Inače priča je o lisici, jazavcu i jako čupavim zekama i jako je zanimljivo u smislu zanima vas šta će biti na kraju , elem kada pročitate prirčicu , ona ima isti efekat ako kad...more

A different style of story. This starts out being a story about the villian - the badger and the Fox. This is a long story and it was too long for the kids with not enough drawings. They were worried about the bunnies. It turns out to be a story about rescue and Benjamin and Peter are the hero's....more

Ended up reading this out loud to my husband, to both of our great enjoyments. What a tale!

What a quick, fun read this was. Never really read any of these books before, but found it quaint, with quality writing and a sense of mischief.

My favorite Potter book! Though it seems to be her least popular.

Actual Rating 2.5stars

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