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The Tailor of Gloucester (The World of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit)

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The Tailor of Gloucester was first published in 1903 and tells the story of a poor tailor trying to survive in his freezing workshop over a hard winter. He has a terribly important commission to complete for the Mayor of Gloucester's wedding on Christmas Day but is ill and tired, and before long is running out of food and thread, as well as time! How will he possibly compl ...more
Hardcover, 58 pages
Published 2002 by Frederick Warne (first published 1903)
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I thought I hadn't read any Beatrix Potter until today, but this seems very familiar so I must have encountered it in my childhood.
Nov 22, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Beatrix Potter tale that i loved as a child. Reread it for #readkidslit.
Hailey White
May 02, 2016 Hailey White rated it it was amazing
My favorite of all the Potter books! I love to read this aloud to my babies.
Feb 22, 2014 Jonathan rated it liked it
Good story of mice coming to the rescue at the eleventh hour of a foolish tailor who has agreed, probably without due consideration, to provide the Mayor of Gloucester with a coat for his wedding on Christmas day of all days. Thankfully the mice are handy with a needle and thread. The tailor has a morally questionable cat called Simpkin who is sent out to do the shopping when the tailor falls ill. Simpkin also has a penchant for storing well-dressed mice under teacups for treats later on, but th ...more
Dec 19, 2014 Farhin rated it really liked it
The Tailor that is referred to in Potter's tale is a hardworking tailor who provides the richest in his town with silks and other beautiful garments but he himself is very poor. One day, the Tailor gets his big break as the Mayor of Gloucester asks the Tailor to provide him with a coat for his wedding on Christmas Day. The Tailor of Gloucester gets to it right away as he knows this will lead him to gaining a fortune. He gives money to his cat, Simpkin, (magical realism?) to buy milk and the fi ...more
Maria Eleynita
This story reminds me about the story of the elves and the shoemaker.
Oct 03, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I found this book at a book sale and snapped it up, for it is a smart looking hard back. I enjoyed reading this to my son, who sat contentedly on my lap through the entire thing. I enjoyed the colorful descriptions of the tailor's work and his little quirks. What made me really like it was how the mice returned kindness for kindness to the old tailor, which in turn convicted the selfish cat who was repentant of his own wickedness and made the situation right. The illustrations were sweet and ele ...more
Una Kilcoyne
May 15, 2012 Una Kilcoyne rated it liked it
This is a really lovely book by Beatrix Potter. It tells the tale of an old Tailor who is to make a waistcoat for the Town Mayor for his wedding day. When the Tailor falls ill, he becomes under-pressure to get the waistcoat made in time. With the help of some friendly mice who work together to get the job done, the suit is made for the Mayor and in turn, the Tailor becomes successful for his good work. We are also introduced to Simpkin the mischievous cat who tries to capture the mice until the ...more
Tom Stickings
May 07, 2012 Tom Stickings rated it liked it
The Tailor of Gloucester is a sweet tale about an old man’s struggle to sew a beautiful coat in time for the Mayor of Gloucester’s wedding. The man is very poor and has a great deal invested in the coat, but being so frail, he is forced to send his cat, Simpkin, to buy the materials he needs. Whilst Simpkin is away, the tailor finds and frees some mice the cat has trapped, ready to eat upon his return. Simpkin is so furious, he hides the twist of silk he was sent to buy.

As the wedding approaches
Neville Ridley-smith
My kids (14, 11, 9) & I are reading through the Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter. On to book 3.

This was a departure from the previous two. Within just the first sentence we had to look up several words. No simple sentences for you! Periwigs, lappets, paduasoy and taffeta. Alack, I am undone!

There are some very strange things in this story. The character of Simpkin the cat is given money by the tailor to go and buy things - in some pictures he's wearing clothes, in others he appears as a norm
Dec 27, 2014 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was apparently Beatrix Potter's favourite, and so far it's my favourite too. It's rather different from the others, with the main character being a human person - a poor tailor, who makes luxurious clothes for the wealthy while wearing tatters himself, and who says 'Alack!' a lot. (Incidentally, it turns out this is a Christmas story - quite appropriate to the present season.)

Well, this tailor (who, unlike Potter's animal characters, doesn't appear to have a name) is making a fancy red silk
Jul 28, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
The Tailor of Gloucester tells the story of a tailor who must make a coat for the mayor’s wedding on Christmas Day. With barely a penny to his name he works with marvellous silks to create the finest coat for the occasion, all the while being watched by mice that live between the walls.

As usual in Potter’s wonderful style, there are clever animals that are highly personified while still looking realistic. With the tailor being the key character there is still a lot of character given to Simpkin
Oct 13, 2015 ThePinkCarrot rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Beatrix Potter books. Really love the mice doing a good deed. And "no more cherry-colored twist."
Nov 22, 2015 shanay rated it it was amazing
i think this one is my favourite beatrix potter book. this one had a different feeling for me than the other ones did. it was just such a pleasant book to read, i wish i had this book so i could read it over and over again.

there's a tailor in gloucester that sends his cat, named simpkin to buy food and a twist of cherry-coloured silk for a waistcoat he has to make for the mayor for his wedding on christmas morning. when simpkin is gone, the tailor finds mice simpkin has captured under teacups. h
Mar 23, 2012 Prashant rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book
This is a story of a tailor from the town Gloucester who got the assignment to make some beautiful coats for the mayor. The tailor is impoverished and has a cat and very little money to buy anything. Finally some mice in his shop came to his rescue.

The story is filled with nice language and colorful words but it's wanting in something. Just can't see the magic.

Sep 17, 2015 Claire rated it liked it
I just had to read this for the cute factor today. It was undeniably かわいい!
(Also, the worrisome cultural artifacts of this story are British, not Afghan - that is where the other tailor-type book I'd read was from. I think! Or somewhere else in that area... pretty sure Afghanistan.)

Looking at the Wikipedia article to make this review more sentient...
Yes! I did read this!
Aww, it's nice to see the full story behind it.
*listens to the audiobook* Ohh, that's how you pronounce Gloucester!

Aug 01, 2010 Manny rated it really liked it
- 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!
Dec 31, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect Christmas read to complete my 2015 reading challenge.
'No more twist!'.
I love the bridge this book gives us to Christmas 1901 when it was given to a recovering 'dear Freda' - an intriguing glimpse into the late 19th / early 20th centuries.
Of course, beautiful illustrations. I particularly enjoyed the crockery, streetscenes and the Mayor's wedding outfit - 'a coat of cherry-coloured corded silk embroidered with pansies and roses, and a cream coloured satin waistcoat' 'worked with popp
Marts  (Thinker)
Jun 03, 2010 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
The tailor has a most important job to do, but he falls ill and can't complete it, but guess what th job gets done by some rather unlikely friends...
May 27, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Old boy takes credit for mouse needlework.
Provides best catchphrase ever "Alack I am undone!"
*melodramatic pose*
Jill Wolf
Mar 26, 2016 Jill Wolf rated it it was ok
Traditional Literature #19
This book is about a tailor sending his cat to get some silk and food so that he can complete a waistcoat for the mayor. The tailor ends up finding a bunch of mice that the cat has hidden under teacups. The tailor lets them go and his cat gets mad, so the cat hides the the silk. When the tailor gets sick, he realizes that he can't finish the coat. When he goes back to his shop, he finds the coat done. The mice end up finishing it all but one button, and the cat gives b
Mar 19, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
I loved reading the Beatrix Potter stories as a child with my mum (from what I remember she had the whole collection). I then saw this little book and several others being given away with a national newspaper, even though I had broken my foot that weekend every day I hobbled down to the shops to claim my book. I love this little story and the naughty Simpkin hiding the twist at the beginning and then learning the error of his ways after seeing the mice helping the sick tailor. the pictures in th ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it
Lovely little story about the giving of self when another is in need. The tailor of Gloucester is old and poor and ill. The little mice come to his aid and finish the Mayor's coat and waistcoat for him. I love that the mice sing as they work. Their cheerful giving of self call the cat, Simpkin, who had hidden the twist needed to finish the buttonholes, to repentance. He returns the silk and the tailor is able to finish the coat for the Mayor's Christmas wedding. A charming story illustrated with ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
I enjoyed rereading Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Glouchester. In this delightful Christmas tale, readers meet a tailor, a cat named Simpkin, and some lovely mice. It begins, "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." It is several days before Christmas. He's working hard to finish a coat and waistcoat for the Mayor of Glouchester. The Mayor ...more
Peter Jamieson
It's the season of Advent in about 1760 in the city of Gloucester. The Mayor is to be married at the cathedral on Xmas Day, and is going to have the most astonishing suit for the occasion. Frankly, next to the groom, the bride's going to look like she hardly bothered for her big day. Naturally, the tailor, being the craftsman creating this work of art, is paid next to nothing for his work - and, critically, cannot quite afford a little twist of thread for one of the buttonholes. The tailor's cat ...more
Elliot Hyland
Dec 16, 2012 Elliot Hyland rated it liked it
Shelves: own
The tailor of Gloucester is a lovely story. The plot reminds me of that story I once heard in which dwarfs came in the night to do some dreadful tasks for the sweet and poor people who just couldn't get them done.

Beatrix Potter makes the tale even sweeter by setting it on Christmas Eve. That works rather well for this story as it really is one of those heart-warming tales that are just perfect to tell at Christmas.

I also like how the tailor 'earned' the aid of the mice by being kind to them. I
Nancy O'Toole
The Tailor of Gloucester tells the simple story of a tailor who must make a fine waistcoat for the mayor’s wedding, only he is unable to finish it. Fortunately, thanks to a show of kindness from the tailor, the waistcoat is finished in time with the help of local mice. The Tailor of Gloucester is a classic of children’s literature. Although it was written in 1903, there are many elements that will still appeal to children today. Fans of The Tale of Despereaux and other talking animals stories wi ...more
Jim Leech
Jul 10, 2013 Jim Leech rated it really liked it
I think that the Tailor of Gloucester is easily the hardest Beatrix Potter book for children to read. Gone are the simple, short sentences from Peter Rabbit and in their place are long and complex sentences like “For behind the wooden wainscots of all the old houses in Gloucester, there are little mouse staircases and secret trap-doors; and the mice run from house to house through those long narrow passages; they can run all over the town without going into the streets.”

The tailor in question is
Mia McInnis
Jan 11, 2016 Mia McInnis rated it really liked it
A poor tailor (whose financial situation may be partially due to the fact he puts his cat in charge of the shopping) is set to make his fortunes sewing a wedding suit for the mayor. Alas the poor man falls ill and in his fever rants about how he has left is snippets fit for mice. Luckily, after an altruistic act, there are mice beholden to him who may just have a solution...
Mar 09, 2016 Audryaunna rated it really liked it
This is the tale of of an old tailor who is making a waistcoat for the towns' mayor for his wedding day. Unfortunately the tailor falls ill and with the help of friendly mice they are able to finish the coat for the mayor. I loved this book, it taught readers a lesson that if you work as a team any project can be done.
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Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist who was best known for her children's books, which featured animal characters such as Peter Rabbit.

Born into a privileged household, Potter was educated by governesses, and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and through holidays in Scotland and the Lake District developed a love of lan
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“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.” 13 likes
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