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The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

By Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin follows a group of squirrels who travel to Owl Island to collect nuts. An owl named Old Brown allows them to forage, but Nutkin taunts the owl with daily riddles. Eventually, Nutkin annoys Old Brown once too often, and makes a narrow escape.

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin reflects Beatrix Potter's interest in fairy tales, rhymes, and riddles, and sheds light on her embedded social and political themes. Some have likened Squirrel Nutkin's impertinent behaviour to that of the rebellious working-class of Potter's own day. Potter also breaks the traditional fairy tale mould by tacitly inviting her readers to solve the riddles — a task typically reserved for the fairy tale hero.

This edition is limited to 1,000 copies.

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  • ISBN: 9781772263039
  • Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0
  • Page count: 64
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The Author

Beatrix Potter

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Born into a privileged household, Potter was educated by governesses and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and spent holidays in Scotland and the Lake District, developing a love of landscape, flora and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted.