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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 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 complete the beautiful coat and embroidered waistcoat? Luckily, there lives in the dresser, some very kind and very resourceful mice who set about helping the poor tailor with his work. Not only are they exceedingly helpful, but they are also, luckily, far far too clever for the tailor's sly cat, Simpkin. The Tailor of Gloucester is number three in Beatrix Potter's series of 23 little books, the titles of which are as follows: 1 The Tale of Peter Rabbit 2 The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin 3 The Tailor of Gloucester 4 The Tale of Benjamin Bunny 5 The Tale of Two Bad Mice 6 The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle 7 The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher 8 The Tale of Tom Kitten 9 The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck 10 The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies 11 The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse 12 The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes 13 The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse 14 The Tale of Mr. Tod 15 The Tale of Pigling Bland 16 The Tale of Samuel Whiskers 17 The Tale of The Pie and the Patty-Pan 18 The Tale of Ginger and Pickles 19 The Tale of Little Pig Robinson 20 The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit 21 The Story of Miss Moppet 22 Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes 23 Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes


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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 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 complete the beautiful coat and embroidered waistcoat? Luckily, there lives in the dresser, some very kind and very resourceful mice who set about helping the poor tailor with his work. Not only are they exceedingly helpful, but they are also, luckily, far far too clever for the tailor's sly cat, Simpkin. The Tailor of Gloucester is number three in Beatrix Potter's series of 23 little books, the titles of which are as follows: 1 The Tale of Peter Rabbit 2 The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin 3 The Tailor of Gloucester 4 The Tale of Benjamin Bunny 5 The Tale of Two Bad Mice 6 The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle 7 The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher 8 The Tale of Tom Kitten 9 The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck 10 The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies 11 The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse 12 The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes 13 The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse 14 The Tale of Mr. Tod 15 The Tale of Pigling Bland 16 The Tale of Samuel Whiskers 17 The Tale of The Pie and the Patty-Pan 18 The Tale of Ginger and Pickles 19 The Tale of Little Pig Robinson 20 The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit 21 The Story of Miss Moppet 22 Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes 23 Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes

30 review for The Tailor of Gloucester

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    I think this is my favorite of all of Beatrix Potter's lovely illustrated tales - and it was the author's favorite too! It has a Christmastime setting and a nice message about the spirit of the season, so it was great to revisit it. A poor, aged tailor in England in olden times, "when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta," has a major sewing project that could make him or break him: the mayor of Gloucester is getting married in four days, on Christmas, and th I think this is my favorite of all of Beatrix Potter's lovely illustrated tales - and it was the author's favorite too! It has a Christmastime setting and a nice message about the spirit of the season, so it was great to revisit it. A poor, aged tailor in England in olden times, "when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta," has a major sewing project that could make him or break him: the mayor of Gloucester is getting married in four days, on Christmas, and the tailor has accepted the task of sewing "a coat of cherry-coloured corded silk embroidered with pansies and roses, and a cream coloured satin waistcoat—trimmed with gauze and green worsted chenille." (I love the clothing descriptions.) All the pieces of cloth have been cut out, and all the trimming ... except the tailor needs one more skein of cherry-coloured twisted silk. But it's late, so the tailor goes home and asks his cat Simpkin to use his last fourpence to buy food and the twist, because cats run errands in these kinds of books. While Simpkin is off doing the shopping, the tailor hears some little knocking noises. He turns over several teacups, and there are mice underneath! They bow and curtsy politely and then run off. But Simpkin is angry when he gets home and his mouse dinner has disappeared. So he hides the twist of silk. Now the tailor is terribly sick in bed, and he doesn't know where the twist is, and Simpkin is still pouting about his mice. How will the mayor get his wedding coat and waistcoat? So delightful how Beatrix Potter weaves together legends (animals speaking on Christmas Eve; mice acting like little elves) and the spirit of Christmas! This story of the tailor also has some basis in fact, per Wikipedia: in Potter's day some apprentices surprised a tailor by finishing a major project overnight. The tailor liked to say it was the fairies who did it. :) This enchanting 1903 children's story is free online here at Project Gutenberg, along with the illustrations. December 2018 buddy read with the Retro Reads group.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Orey

    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. This book is so so sooo long that it made me appreciate the conciseness of the others in the series. Nothing was really gained by having so many more words except that it takes longer to read. The whole thing is rendered a bit dull by the length. But the unnecessary length aside, there's an okay story here about a poor tailor, some needy wealthy patron, a moody cat, and 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. This book is so so sooo long that it made me appreciate the conciseness of the others in the series. Nothing was really gained by having so many more words except that it takes longer to read. The whole thing is rendered a bit dull by the length. But the unnecessary length aside, there's an okay story here about a poor tailor, some needy wealthy patron, a moody cat, and a lot of grateful mice who help the tailor out after he frees them from the cat's weird cup torture routine. The illustrations are, as always, pretty good. At this point I'd read a lot of stories like this one (overworked worker gets supernatural help and gets famous), but my kid hadn't. My kid liked it for the most part, though there were a lot of questions about the drawn out endless scenes of tailoring that didn't really offer much in terms of practice or detail. But hey, it was refreshing to get a happy-ish ending from Beatrix Potter for once!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    A tailor falls ill before Christmas and cannot finish an important coat for the mayor. Luckily some mice with super sewing skills help in this Christmas version of the elves and the shoemaker. The illustrations are lovely and we really enjoyed the part where it mentions the legend that animals can talk on Christmas Eve after midnight and before dawn. We found it interesting that the only other illustration we can think of depicting at tailor at work also shows the tailor sitting cross legged on A tailor falls ill before Christmas and cannot finish an important coat for the mayor. Luckily some mice with super sewing skills help in this Christmas version of the elves and the shoemaker. The illustrations are lovely and we really enjoyed the part where it mentions the legend that animals can talk on Christmas Eve after midnight and before dawn. We found it interesting that the only other illustration we can think of depicting at tailor at work also shows the tailor sitting cross legged on the table. We enjoyed the sewing details and after a trip to buy some sewing supplies yesterday, we are confident there will not be the cries of 'No more twist' from our house this Christmas!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    What a delightful little christmas tale. The best tailor in the city of Gloucester is tasked with making the finest jacket and waistcoat for the mayor who's to be married on Christmas Day. Even though the tailor was poor he had pride in his work and was happy for the mice to have any leftover fabric. Noticing his cat had captured a few for a later meal he sends the feline on a chore whilst help freeing the rodents. It's a shame that Potter only wrote the one festive themed story as the pocket size b What a delightful little christmas tale. The best tailor in the city of Gloucester is tasked with making the finest jacket and waistcoat for the mayor who's to be married on Christmas Day. Even though the tailor was poor he had pride in his work and was happy for the mice to have any leftover fabric. Noticing his cat had captured a few for a later meal he sends the feline on a chore whilst help freeing the rodents. It's a shame that Potter only wrote the one festive themed story as the pocket size book with beautiful illustrations would make perfect stocking fillers. With the tailor becoming ill, the mice setting about finishing the job and fulfilling the order and a much needed income for the tailor.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ~Jo~

    I'm currently revisiting all of Beatrix Potter's works, and this one, was next on my list. I think this beautiful book is probably a favourite. It has a certain atmosphere, and it makes one think of Xmas. I think it is wonderful how Potter manages to create and weave together a story with mice and humans with ease. The illustrations are of an exquisite quality, as they are with all of the Beatrix Potter books. These add to the experience in a profound way, and it is very understandable why these I'm currently revisiting all of Beatrix Potter's works, and this one, was next on my list. I think this beautiful book is probably a favourite. It has a certain atmosphere, and it makes one think of Xmas. I think it is wonderful how Potter manages to create and weave together a story with mice and humans with ease. The illustrations are of an exquisite quality, as they are with all of the Beatrix Potter books. These add to the experience in a profound way, and it is very understandable why these books have stood the test of time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    CarolynMarieReads

    This is definitely one of my absolute favorites of Beatrix Potter's books! The illustrations are breathtaking, and the story is so heartwarming! This is definitely one of my absolute favorites of Beatrix Potter's books! The illustrations are breathtaking, and the story is so heartwarming!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Annet

    Lovely story. My fourth Potter. Funny to see how people appreciate the different stories. I particularly loved this a bit more elaborate storty and the little drawings of the finely dressed mice and the Christmas town images.... I'm a fan. Lovely story. My fourth Potter. Funny to see how people appreciate the different stories. I particularly loved this a bit more elaborate storty and the little drawings of the finely dressed mice and the Christmas town images.... I'm a fan.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    A classic story that reminds me of my childhood and brings me nothing but joy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    debbicat *made of stardust*

    Oh my goodness! So sweet!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    Unlike the previous two stories, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin , this tale of a human tailor of Gloucester is a longer, more developed story, which took me for surprise as I was not expecting anything particularly lengthy during my read-through of these Beatrix Potter tales, and it was heartily welcomed. Whilst I still consider Beatrix to be primarily an illustrator, her story telling prowess is quite evident here. The tale flows and the characters are brought to Unlike the previous two stories, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin , this tale of a human tailor of Gloucester is a longer, more developed story, which took me for surprise as I was not expecting anything particularly lengthy during my read-through of these Beatrix Potter tales, and it was heartily welcomed. Whilst I still consider Beatrix to be primarily an illustrator, her story telling prowess is quite evident here. The tale flows and the characters are brought to life not only by her wonderful drawings but also through their actions. It is such a charming little tale of humans and animals working in harmony together, though I didn't feel any of the tweeness I felt when reading the previous two. Perhaps because a human is main stage-and we see the world through their eyes rather than through the animals-that it becomes a little more real, as opposed to being personified animals in woods wearing clothing. Being English, I've always been incredibly aware of Beatrix Potter and in particular Peter Rabbit, but I've never read her stories (except possibly one or two when I was much younger) and never had a sense of what she was like as a storyteller in her own words (rather than her imagination being used in films). Whilst her illustrations are definitely the pinnacle of these books, her words are not so twee and "cutesy" as one has been first led to believe.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Shadows

    I think that this was my youngest daughter's favorite Beatrix Potter. Beatrix Potter is one children's author that I truly enjoy, and this is one of the sweetest. I think that this was my youngest daughter's favorite Beatrix Potter. Beatrix Potter is one children's author that I truly enjoy, and this is one of the sweetest.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jim Ef

    6.4/10 Another cute story from Beatrix Potter.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Zuvich

    Fantastic little book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melody Schwarting

    I love rereading Beatrix Potter's little books. They're very nostalgic for me, since I grew up on them--the size is perfect for small hands. I have these vivid, sensory memories of the illustrations. Evidently, I got quite lost in them, because I remember the sense of the picture more than the picture and story. Potter delightfully mixes whimsy and realism. As an adult, I appreciate the sheer detail that Potter put into her books, particularly in the fabric illustrations she included in The Tailo I love rereading Beatrix Potter's little books. They're very nostalgic for me, since I grew up on them--the size is perfect for small hands. I have these vivid, sensory memories of the illustrations. Evidently, I got quite lost in them, because I remember the sense of the picture more than the picture and story. Potter delightfully mixes whimsy and realism. As an adult, I appreciate the sheer detail that Potter put into her books, particularly in the fabric illustrations she included in The Tailor of Gloucester. Any American child who grows up knowing how to pronounce "Gloucester" is definitely getting a leg up in life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    - 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!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    I work in the health service and needed some light relief at lunchtime – not surprisingly at the moment! I asked Project Gutenberg for a random book and this was it. It’s a lovely copy with very sweet illustrations. I’ve never really read Beatrix Potter so the story was new to me. I learned lots of new words for materials – paduasoy, pompadour, lutestring, twist – and that ‘flowered lappets’ are folds or flaps on garments. I learned that a china pipkin was a small earthenware pot or bowl and I l I work in the health service and needed some light relief at lunchtime – not surprisingly at the moment! I asked Project Gutenberg for a random book and this was it. It’s a lovely copy with very sweet illustrations. I’ve never really read Beatrix Potter so the story was new to me. I learned lots of new words for materials – paduasoy, pompadour, lutestring, twist – and that ‘flowered lappets’ are folds or flaps on garments. I learned that a china pipkin was a small earthenware pot or bowl and I learned that mice are excellent tailors and that you can send your cat to do your shopping for you. A very educational lunchtime indeed!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    One of my favourites as a small child. I loved the detailed illustrations of the mice's elegant clothing more than the story itself. Apparently the tale is not original to Potter but based on a local folktale of the poor tailor helped out by magic mice. Methinks it must have been inspiration for some of the earlier Disney fairytale cartoons. Potter wrote this story for a young friend who had been ill; I'm sure the child felt honoured. I know I would. One of my favourites as a small child. I loved the detailed illustrations of the mice's elegant clothing more than the story itself. Apparently the tale is not original to Potter but based on a local folktale of the poor tailor helped out by magic mice. Methinks it must have been inspiration for some of the earlier Disney fairytale cartoons. Potter wrote this story for a young friend who had been ill; I'm sure the child felt honoured. I know I would.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Binibining `E (of The Ugly Writers)

    This story reminds me about the story of the elves and the shoemaker.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    I Love This Amazing Story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    4.5 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie (Kitkatscanread)

    I remember watching the cartoon to this when I was younger! This book was a cute story about mice sewing a jacket for a tailor who was unwell

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    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. 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    Not my favorite of Potter's stories. Pretty repetitive lines, but just as whimsical of illustrations as ever. Ages: 5 - 10 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website! Not my favorite of Potter's stories. Pretty repetitive lines, but just as whimsical of illustrations as ever. Ages: 5 - 10 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website!

  24. 5 out of 5

    LeahBethany

    December 2018 Buddy Read with the Retro Reads Group. I'm ashamed to admit but this was my first Beatrix Potter story (maybe I had been read the Peter Rabbit tales when I was little? If so, I don't remember). "The Tailor of Gloucester" had a sweet message, beautiful illustrations and the perfect touch of fantasy - where else can you find a cat who can run errands? December 2018 Buddy Read with the Retro Reads Group. I'm ashamed to admit but this was my first Beatrix Potter story (maybe I had been read the Peter Rabbit tales when I was little? If so, I don't remember). "The Tailor of Gloucester" had a sweet message, beautiful illustrations and the perfect touch of fantasy - where else can you find a cat who can run errands?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mirona Koelemeijer

    This is my favorite Potter story, although I can't pinpoint exactly why. Having it read to me in Dutch when I was little was magical and then later watching the tv-version of it with Niamh Cusack as Beatrix Potter made me love it even more. This is my favorite Potter story, although I can't pinpoint exactly why. Having it read to me in Dutch when I was little was magical and then later watching the tv-version of it with Niamh Cusack as Beatrix Potter made me love it even more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gitta

    As a child, I watched the cartoon series frequently, so reading these little illustrated books brings back fond memories and makes it quite a vivid reading experience.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Newsha

    Few people can boast about both their painting and writing talents. I have seen a biographical movie about her and I assume that luck was on Beatrix Potter's side (may be not always). Needless of company, she created her own world. Depicting her mostly furry friends by words and sketches and feeling satisfied by what she created. Love to read and look at her books. Few people can boast about both their painting and writing talents. I have seen a biographical movie about her and I assume that luck was on Beatrix Potter's side (may be not always). Needless of company, she created her own world. Depicting her mostly furry friends by words and sketches and feeling satisfied by what she created. Love to read and look at her books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janhavi

    3.5 stars! Quite an adorable book! I especially liked the illustrations. I wish I had read Beatrix Potter’s books as a kid!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Miles Smith

    Probably my favorite of Potter’s books.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bertie

    No more twist 😭♥️

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