The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter #3)
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.
There are two village children we have met in previous books, Jeremy Crosfield and Caroline, granddaughter of the local lady-of-the-manor, Lady Longfield. Both are orphans and Miss Potter has befriended both. In this book, a third orphan has come to the village, a gin ...more
The book is well-written and plotted (and edited, too) and I am crazy about the real person Beatrix Potter becoming a fictional amateur detective.
I am less enthusiastic about talking animals but at least in this book they talk only among themselves (sort of like the adults in Peanuts cartoons) and not to humans. What I really hated in this book was animals who were wearing clot ...more
If, as a child, your mother or granny used to read you bedtime stories such as Beatrix Potter's Tales and Cicely Mary Barker's beautiful " ...more
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"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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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.
I find the aspect of the animals talking to each other and of their trying to talk to us, enjoyable (especially since I can imagine our own animals' frustration in trying to communicate with us and not being able to do so), but I didn't at all like the plot point of fairies, elves, etc. I found that very boring.
I also enjoy the building up of romance between Beatrix Potter and Will Heelis.
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