Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes by Beatrix Potter

First published 1911
59 pages, 28 color illustrations

Storing up nuts for the winter is more than Timmy Tiptoes the squirrel bargained for. Luckily, he makes a good friend in Chippy Hackee the chipmunk.

The History Behind the Tale (Linder 208-209):
1911 marked the 2nd year Beatrix Potter only published one little book. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes was the 17th of her tales. Ergo, her fame continued to grow and even crossed the ocean to America. Some believe Timmy Tiptoes was written for American fans as it's inhabited with American animals- grey squirrels, chipmunks, and bears.

My thoughts: Timmy Tiptoes didn't really do much for me. As far as squirrel stories go, I much prefer Squirrel Nutkin. I did like the wives in the story. They added some humor. And as always, the illustrations were charming.

Favorite Illustrations: Timmy (cover), Timmy on a limb (8), Timmy & Goody putting nuts in the tree (16), Goody looking got Timmy (31), Goody & Mrs. Chippy (38), Timmy Kissing Goody (44), Timmy & Goody under the umbrella (47), The bear (52), Goody with babies (57)

-Squirrel Chase/Tag
-Nut Relay

Favorite Words: prudent, quantities, commotion, anxious

I hope you've enjoyed my discussion of The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes. Next week, I'll be discussing The Tale of Mr. Tod. Until then, happy reading!

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