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The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter #3)

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Miss Potter's new hometown of Holly How is having its share of troubles, and three children, favorites of Beatrix, are counting on the help of the fairies of Cuckoo Brow Wood. Now, with her signature tact, Beatrix must work with her friends-human and animal-to set things right.

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Published May 14th 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published 2006)
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I really do like this historical thread of Wittig Albert's Beatrix Potter. It was very engaging to read and you don't have to start with the first book (I know I didn't). If you start somewhere other than book 1, you can easily catch on to what is happening since it is explained on how it happen in the first place (book 1). The sluething that is done by Miss Potter is independent from each book in the series. What I really liked was, at the end of the book, there are recipes from that time perio ...more
This book is the first in the series that I read, and then I got all the rest and read them too. It really takes me back to my summers in the Lake District and makes me very homesick! I love the series. I think Ms. Albert got all the details just right. It's charming without being silly. It's well written. It's interesting. The blend of fictional and historical characters is virtually seamless.
Sep 03, 2008 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a cozy mystery
oh dear how i love these little beatrix potter mysteries. they are so charming, such gentle reads, really lovely.
April 1907: Spring is springing in Sawrey and Miss Potter is back at Hill Top Farm happily ensconced in her newly renovated farm house. She's perfectly happy with the changes except for a problem with rats in the attic. Miss Felicia Frummety, the farm cat, is too uppity to kill rats and the other village cats refuse to violate the Cat Code Of Honour which states that no cat may poach on another cat's territory without permission. Miss Potter will simply have to hire more cats. Ridley Rattail, ge ...more
"Perhaps it's the gentle breezes that waft into Sawrey off the lake. Or perhaps it's the town's distance from big-city life. Whatever the reason, Miss Beatrix Potter loves the genuine warmth of her new neighbors. But even the kindest of souls can turn snappish when houseguests overstay their welcome ...

"When Beatrix returns to Hill Top Farm from her parents' home in London, she finds the attic overrun with rats. Rosabelle, resident rat and generous hostess, has offered her family a place to stay
Anne Hawn Smith
In this third book of the series, the local children are attempting to get the fairies to help them and they find a true believer in Beatrix Potter. Susan Wittig Albert writes about fairies with the same mix of awe, reverence and fear that Tolkien does. The quest for the fairies help and the plight of the children is by far, the most important thread in the book. We are led into a world where fairies do get involved with the life of the “big people,” but they can never be taken for granted or co ...more
This is the most exciting, magical story by Susan Wittig Albert! Even though she colours in every resident, we stay with characters we like: Beatrix, Will Heelis, Caroline, Dimity Woodcock, and introduce Irish schoolmate Deidre Malone. Deidre is housed by the veterinarian family, for being their nanny. She tells Caroline and Jeremy what her mother taught her about fairies, thus bringing an element I love that had been missing: something mystical!

This is Susan at her best: detailed where you want
This series of books is my favorite form of escape. I really liked this one because of the fairies. The quote below says it all:

Now, you may think it strange and perhaps even silly that a woman of Beatrix Potter's age (I won't say exactly what that is, but some might say she was old enough to know better) would get down on her hands and knees to hunt for fairy doorways in the mossy roots of old oak trees, or stop to build a little garden-house for fairies who wanted to have their supper out of
I had skipped this installment of the series and needed to get it back in order. I'm glad I did. This is the installment that begins the romance of Beatrix and Mr. Heelis. Major Kittridge has returned from the war to his estate. He was injured in the war and has lost an arm and has major burns to one side of his face but still retains his rugged handsomeness. He has brought home his new wife and the town is very curious to meet her. Beatrix, in the meantime, has arrived to visit Hill Top Farm an ...more
Another excellent addition to this series! I love the characters, the homey feel of the story. This is truly gentle reading at its best. The children are wonderful, and I love all the descriptions of village life. The "evil" this time is pretty tame, and pretty easily resolved, but the charm of the story makes up for any lack of suspense. I also really enjoyed the rats! Some good humor there.
I am a huge Beatrix Potter fan, so I could not resist a mystery written with Beatrix Potter as the "sleuth." I was not sure anyone could pull off such a thing, but this is a fabulous read. The author has kept a tone that matches Potter's tales and her journals. Stories from the animals' points of view intersperse and often connect with the human mystery. The mystery was gentle but compelling. It is possible that people not as familiar with Beatrix Potter's life would not enjoy the books as much, ...more
There was some more darkness in this one (rat extermination by scarily efficient rat-killing cats) but it also had charming moments.

Here's a quote that I especially liked about Beatrix's manner:

"But Beatrix was a practical person. She stayed cheerful by focusing on what she had and what she could do, rather than making herself unhappy by longing for what she would never have or couldn't do....And that was the way she intended to deal with everything else in her life--her family responsibilities,
I absolutely love this little series. The books are charming and sweet, with a good old fashioned mystery thrown in and lots of thinking and talking (but we can't understand them) animals. It is completely delightful.
Rhonda Pickens
The series gets better with each new book. The author gets better and better at taking on the persona of Beatrix Potter. If you're a fan, I highly recommend this series.
Another delightful story of the Lake Country folk and creatures by Susan Wittig Albert. Not much of a mystery in this tale of Beatrix Potter's adventures in Sawrey, but we get to see Jeremy again and worry over his pending apprenticeship to an apothecary--not the most Dickensian fate in the world, but not up to his potential. There is a humorous sub-plot starring Ridley Rattail and one of the most obnoxious cats I've seen since Walt Disney's Cinderella. It takes a lot to make a rat a sympathetic ...more
Cozy light read that is just pleasant and good natured. I love that we can read what the animals are saying to one another and it didn't matter than in this book, there wasn't a murder or a major crime committed (just a crime nearly committed). I loved it.
As good as the first if not better, this reminds me so much of Tolkien's Hobbit style, not the subject matter but this terrific cozy mystery is very appropriate to all ages. If you read to your children this would make an excellent choice, it'll keep you as interested in the storyline as the kids will be by the talking animals.My only problem is that I read this out of order, it seems that Fantastic Fiction listed this out of order it is really the third book in the series, The Tale of Cuckoo Br ...more
Wonderful, sweet, charming book! I loved it!! Lots of really good quotes in this one too. Delightful book!
Pam Brown
These books are like Lay's Potato Chips. You can't read just one. lol
Book 3 in the series. Re-reading is a great adventure with an old friend.
Rene Murphy
This book is a great one to read to children.
I think I enjoyed the first half of this book better than I did the latter. In the beginning, it definitely had me laughing out loud - a very unusual, cute and quirky kind of humor - involving talking rats in waistcoats, living gentlemanly lives in the attic of a farm ;) Overall enjoyable in a wholesome and old-fashioned kind of way :)
A charming little book.
I love this series.
Again two mysteries are afoot in this light hearted adaptation of the life of Beatrix Potter. First off,
one of the towns local residents has returned from the Boer Wars with a mysterious and all together unknown
women as his bride. But she is not what she appears to be. Secondly, some of the children that Beatrix has
grown fond of are wondering if there really are such things as fairies? As before Beatrix is always in the right pace at the right down to get to the bottom of both mysteries.
Wonderful, as always, to listen to…this time you need to accept fairies and good will. Loving these stories
I'm am thoroughly enjoying reading these little mysteries (The Cottage Tales) about Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert. This one, The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood, has attempted robbery, a fairy adventure in the woods around a creepy castle, murder (rats), and beautiful descriptions of countryside. Reading these books while there is snow falling, and it's cold and windy outside, makes for a wonderful, cozy afternoon and evening. I'm looking forward to the next installment of the Cottage Tales!
Donna Zigmont
I must admit I'm quite taken with this series.I find myself wanting to go to that village and meet the characters.I love how the author tells the story.She makes you feel like you're really there.And one thing I really like is if something is referenced from A previous book,she'll go back and explain.So if you're reading the books out of order it's ok.I also love how she weaves mysteries into the tales of village life in the early 1900's.I can't wait to start the next book.
Let me just say that I have "rat phobia" and because of that I had a very hard time even finishing this book. It seemed like every chapter was full of either animals or people talking about the rat problem. It gave me the creeps. The story itself would've been interesting if I could've just concentrated on Caroline and the con game storylines, but I was too distracted by all the comments about rats in the attic, barn, and just about everywhere else.
I liked this 3rd book in the Beatrix Potter cottage tales series. I unfortunately read it out of order (accidentally read the 4th book before this one) so some of the mystery was already revealed. However, the story was delightful and I am becoming fond of the characters. It was fun to see Beatrix's child-like delight in the Fair Folk that played a key part of the story.
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“So the badger poked up the fire, poured himself another cup of tea, and went back to the History to read the curious story of the Fern Vale dwelves, a story (he suspected) that was mostly unknown to the Big Folk. Of course, that sort of thing wasn't at all unusual, for although the human residents of the Land between the Lakes thought they knew everything about their surroundings, and although scholarly books related the history, inventoried the animals and plants, and catalogued the folktales, people were aware of only a fraction of what went on around them. One was not criticizing when one said this; one was simply stating the fact. Humans, by and large, were ignorant of the mysteries of life and land.” 0 likes
“Grown up at last and required to live all day long in the real world, it now seemed to Beatrix that imaginary fairies were of a great deal more use than real ones. And I think we must agree with her on that score. It is undeniably true that the imagination is far more powerful than knowledge, and that it is much more important to believe in something than to know it! There is, after all, a limit to the things we can know (even if we are fortunate enough to be geniuses), but no limit whatsoever to the things we might imagine. And if we cannot imagine, we will never know what we have yet to learn, for imagination shows us what is possible before knowledge leads us to what is true. For Beatrix, dreaming, imagining, creating, improvising, and fancying redeemed the stern and sometimes frightening world in which she lived, and allowed her to transform it.” 0 likes
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