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The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan

Beatrix Potter

Book Overview: 

It tells of a cat called Ribby and a tea party she holds for a dog called Duchess. Complications arise when Duchess tries to replace Ribby's mouse pie with her own veal and ham pie, and then believes she has swallowed a small tin pastry form called a patty-pan. Its themes are etiquette and social relations in a small town.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .A pink and white pie-dish! and so is mine; just like Ribby's dishes; they were both bought at Tabitha Twitchit's."

Duchess went into her larder and took the pie off a shelf and looked at it.

"It is all ready to put into the oven. Such lovely pie-crust; and I put in a little tin patty-pan to hold up the crust; and I made a hole in the middle with a fork to let out the steam—Oh I do wish I could eat my own pie, instead of a pie made of mouse!"

Duchess considered and considered and read Ribby's letter again—

"A pink and white pie-dish—and you shall eat it all. 'You' means me—then Ribby is not going to even taste the pie herself? A pink and white pie-dish! Ribby is sure to go out to buy the muffins.... Oh what a good idea! Why shouldn't I rush along and put my pie into Ribby's oven when Ribby isn't there?"

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Community Reviews

a cat and dog having afternoon tea, if only.

At first I wasn't sure if I liked the mix of black-and-white illustrations alongside Beatrix's gorgeous watercolours, but I have been turned completely: they add another dimension, especially to the longer stories, of which I am more fond of. Her shorter stories are fine, but you don't get her en...more

Ribby the Cat invites Duchess the dog to eat a (British) pie, before worrying that she would have to eat a pie which she did not want, further confused by Duchess eating a pie early, eventually resulting in mix-up leaving both characters confused. Similar to the Tailor of Gloucester, this story i...more

This was very funny, a poor little dog with poor doggy manners has a dietary predicament, she's mus-intolerant, so how in the world is she to stomach a mouse pie? This is not the best book to read to rodents, unless they have a very dark sense of humor.

I have arranged my takeaway thoughts into a haiku:

"Friends who get muddied
Traversing red-tape manners
Only make things worse."

This was a weird sort of story. It's about a dinner party and it's all about the guest of the dinner party messing with the food of the host. It feels like the story is selling deceit. The pie in question is a mouse pie and the little dog doesn't want to eat mouse pie. The kids didn't seem to be...more

From BBC School Radio:
One morning Duchess the dog receives a letter from Ribby the cat inviting her to tea. Duchess is pleased to accept, but then she remembers her friend will be cooking mouse pie...and Duchess doesn’t like mouse pie, not one bit! So she devises a plan to replace Ribby’s pie in...more

You know, in today's world (if we had talking cats and dogs who invited each other over for tea, that is) Duchess the Dog would simply have informed Ribby that Cat that she was allergic to mouse, and then none of this mess would have happened.

Also, even allowing for a world in which dogs and cats...more

Поредната сладурска книжка от поредицата "Детство мое".
Посмях се и ми се дояде пай с бекон, препоръчвам :D

Mouse and Bacon pie anyone??

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