Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Beatrix Potter Review of Book Six: The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle


Name of Book: The Tale Of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
Author/Illustrator: By Beatrix Potter
What It's All About: Lucie has lost three handkins and a pinny (three handkerchiefs and a pinnafore) and what shall she do? She sees something on the hillside above the town and goes to investigate.  Nestled into the hill next to a stream is a little wooden door! She enters and finds Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, a washer woman who looks surprisingly like a hedgehog.  Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle cleans all the animals clothing, including Cock Robin's red waistcoat and the fluffy little lambs' wooly coats.  She has even cleaned Lucie's handkins and pinny. 
My Favorite Bit: I enjoy the page 51 where Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is walking along the path with Lucie behind her, handing out the cleaned clothing to various animals.  On this page Peter and Benjamin rabbit are peeking out of the hedge and accepting their red handkerchief that has been cleaned for smelling of onions. 
Suitable Age For Reading To: This one is one of the slower pieces in my opinion.  I don't think children really know who a washerwoman is, that profession being something of an older one, and I am not sure the children will find this one particularly stimulating on a first read.  It seems destined for older children who lose things or adults who can look fondly on Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and her washing and hope that it wasn't just a dream of Lucie's. 

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