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The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes

Beatrix Potter

Book Overview: 

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. Timmy is tended by Chippy Hackee, a friendly, mischievous chipmunk who has run away from his wife and is camping-out in the tree. Chippy urges the prisoner to eat the nuts stored in the tree, and Timmy does so but grows so fat he cannot escape the tree. He regains his freedom when a storm topples part of the tree. The tale contrasts the harmonious marriage of its titular character with the less than harmonious marriage of the chipmunk.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Once upon a time there was a little fat comfortable grey squirrel, called Timmy Tiptoes. He had a nest thatched with leaves in the top of a tall tree; and he had a little squirrel wife called Goody.

Timmy Tiptoes sat out, enjoying the breeze; he whisked his tail and chuckled—"Little wife Goody, the nuts are ripe; we must lay up a store for winter and spring." Goody Tiptoes was busy pushing moss under the thatch—"The nest is so snug, we shall be sound asleep all winter." "Then we shall wake up all the thinner, when there is nothing to eat in spring-time," replied. . . Read More

Community Reviews

a wonderful tale of whimsy

Timmy Tiptoes a squirrel is working hard along with his wife to hoard food for the approaching winter.

I was not aware that squirrels dig holes in the ground to hide their winter hoards and then they have difficulty finding the same spot. I always felt that when it concerns food and survival almo...more

The squirrels Timmy and Goody Tiptoes gather nuts daily, until Timmy is briefly separated from Goody and he reluctantly lives with the chipmunk Chippy Hackee (who is avoiding his own wife deliberately) in the abandoned hollow tree where the Tiptoes store their nuts. Equally interesting is the mys...more

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.

Okay, I'm not sure if this one is actually a good book for kids, but it might be my favorite of the 12 we have.

There's a crappy little world of squirrels who misunderst...more

3.5 stars

O esquilo e os seus amigos cantores... Canções felizes!

Definitely a weird one, but quite funny. A husband who runs away from his wife and also bites her! He then practically kidnaps the star of the story. Very nice illustrations, too.

Beatrix wrote this for a more worldly population. This was dedicated to an American girl and it is about a grey school, which they came from America. The artwork is most stunning in this story. The kids loved this one and so did I. The squirrels gathering nuts get into some troubles. A fun story....more

Timmy & that whats-his-name chipmunk, uh, they're total assholes. Not so sure about the plot...sort of incoherent.

Some critics consider The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes one of Beatrix Potter's lesser tales, a slapdash attempt to appease publishers with a Tale about North American wildlife. The plot may be a bit thin, but the real problem with The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes is little Chippy Hackee.

Chippy Hackee is a chip...more

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