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The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter
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Jun 12, 2009

really liked it
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This is the story of a little girl named Lucie, who has a habit of losing her pocket-handkerchiefs. When she goes in search of some, she finds a magical door into a hill. Inside there is a little woman covered in prickles who washes clothes for all the animals featured in Beatrix Potter's books: a scarlet waist-coat for Cock Robin, a tablecloth for Jenny Wren, a red handkerchief for Mrs. Rabbit, a pair of stockings for Sally Henny-Penny; and three pocket-handkerchiefs and a pinny for young Lucie.

The two of them walk back down the hill toward Lucie's house, delivering laundry all the way; and when she turns to bid Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle farewell, she sees (as if waking from a dream, Alice-like) a small hedgehog running up the hill. The story ends with the charming postscript reminding the reader that Lucie did return to the stile with her clean laundry as evidence of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle's existence.

This is one of the more fanciful of Potter's books, and since it deals with articles of clothing that are no longer worn in Western society, it is a little harder to follow than some of her stories. Still, it is a charming fantasy for readers who are able to enter into its dreamy spirit.

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