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The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck   By: (1866-1943)

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The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter is a delightful children's book that takes young readers on an adventure with an endearing main character. From the moment the story begins, readers are introduced to Jemima Puddle-Duck, a gentle and naive duck who dreams of having a family of her own.

Throughout the book, Jemima encounters various obstacles on her journey to find the perfect nest site to hatch her eggs. From cunning foxes to mischievous dogs, danger lurks at every corner, creating an exciting and suspenseful narrative that keeps readers engaged.

What sets this book apart is the beautiful prose and enchanting illustrations by Beatrix Potter. The author's unique ability to seamlessly weave words and illustrations together creates a world that is both captivating and whimsical. Potter's attention to detail in each illustration breathes life into the characters, making them instantly relatable and endearing to both children and adults.

Moreover, Jemima Puddle-Duck serves as a metaphor for innocence and the importance of following one's instincts. As readers follow Jemima's journey, they learn the value of perseverance and the dangers of trusting strangers. These powerful life lessons are subtly interwoven in the narrative, adding depth to what first appears to be a simple children's story.

However, it is worth noting that some readers might find the pacing to be slower compared to modern children's literature. The narrative structure is more traditional, focusing more on description and character development rather than fast-paced action. This might not appeal to certain readers who prefer a more action-packed storyline.

Nevertheless, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck is an enduring classic that has stood the test of time. Beatrix Potter's whimsical storytelling and captivating illustrations continue to captivate audiences of all ages, making it a must-read for any child's bookshelf. This heartwarming tale teaches important lessons while providing a charming and entertaining reading experience for both young and old.

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Author of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," &c

Frederick Warne & Co., Inc. New York






What a funny sight it is to see a brood of ducklings with a hen!

Listen to the story of Jemima Puddle duck, who was annoyed because the farmer's wife would not let her hatch her own eggs.


Her sister in law, Mrs. Rebeccah Puddle duck, was perfectly willing to leave the hatching to some one else "I have not the patience to sit on a nest for twenty eight days; and no more have you, Jemima. You would let them go cold; you know you would!"

"I wish to hatch my own eggs; I will hatch them all by myself," quacked Jemima Puddle duck.


She tried to hide her eggs; but they were always found and carried off.

Jemima Puddle duck became quite desperate. She determined to make a nest right away from the farm.


She set off on a fine spring afternoon along the cart road that leads over the hill.

She was wearing a shawl and a poke bonnet.


When she reached the top of the hill, she saw a wood in the distance.

She thought that it looked a safe quiet spot... Continue reading book >>

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