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The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan   By: (1866-1943)

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The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan is a charming children's book written by the renowned author, Beatrix Potter. This beautifully illustrated tale takes readers into the world of charming animals, bringing them to life with her intricate and imaginative storytelling.

The story follows the adventures of two friends, Duchess and Ribby. Duchess, a dignified black cat, invites her friend Ribby, a kind-hearted terrier dog, for tea at her house. However, things take a hilarious turn when Ribby accidentally mistakes the pie Duchess had been baking for her visitor as a patty pan, leading to a series of comical misunderstandings.

One of the most delightful aspects of this book is Potter's attention to detail in both her writing and illustrations. Each page is filled with meticulously drawn characters and intricate patterns that bring the story to life. The author's love for animals shines through in her descriptions, capturing their quirks and personalities vividly.

Potter's storytelling style is whimsical and tender, captivating young readers from the very first page. The way she weaves humor and misadventures into the narrative keeps the story engaging and leaves readers eagerly flipping through the pages to discover what happens next. The author also incorporates gentle moral lessons, subtly teaching readers about the importance of good manners and clear communication.

Although the story's plot may seem simple at first glance, it is this simplicity that makes the book so enchanting. Through her words, Potter creates a world where animals effortlessly communicate and understand each other. This imaginative element sparks the imagination of young readers and encourages them to explore their own creativity.

The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan is a delightful addition to Beatrix Potter's body of work. Perfectly suited for children of all ages, this book is sure to capture the imagination of young readers and remind adults of the joy in the simplest of stories. Potter's beautiful illustrations and captivating storytelling create a timeless tale that will continue to be cherished by generations to come.

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

Pussy cat sits by the fire how should she be fair? In walks the little dog says "Pussy are you there? How do you do Mistress Pussy? Mistress Pussy, how do you do?" "I thank you kindly, little dog. I fare as well as you!"

Old Rhyme.




Penguin Books Ltd, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England Viking Penguin Inc., 40 West 23rd Street, New York, New York 10010, U.S.A. Penguin Books Australia Ltd, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia Penguin Books Canada Ltd, 2801 John Street, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 1B4 Penguin Books (N.Z.) Ltd, 182 190 Wairau Road, Auckland 10, New Zealand

First published 1905 This impression 1985

Printed and bound in Great Britain by William Clowes Limited, Beccles and London


Once upon a time there was a Pussy cat called Ribby, who invited a little dog called Duchess, to tea.

"Come in good time, my dear Duchess," said Ribby's letter, "and we will have something so very nice. I am baking it in a pie dish a pie dish with a pink rim. You never tasted anything so good! And you shall eat it all! I will eat muffins, my dear Duchess!" wrote Ribby... Continue reading book >>

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