Review of The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

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April 1, 2015 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth

cover the tale of squirrel nutkinThe Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter. First published by Frederick Warne & Co. in August 1903.

I don’t remember reading any Beatrix Potter as a child so when I saw a basket full of small-sized Beatrix Potter books at my library, I borrowed a few.

Sadly, I did not care for this story – a bit long and a tiny bit boring. Nutkin was also annoying (as he was deliberately meant to be).

The illustrations were quite lovely – especially since the animals are in their natural form rather than being dressed up in clothes and whatnot.

From The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter. First published by Frederick Warne & Co. in August 1903.

From The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter. First published by Frederick Warne & Co. in August 1903.

However, I found it disturbing that the squirrels were presenting sacrificial offerings to the owl in order to gather nuts from his island. Over a period of many days, the squirrels offered to the owl: three fat mice, a fine fat mole, seven fat minnows, six fat beetles, wild honey, and a newly laid egg.

If your library does not have a copy of this book, the narrative (with pictures) can be read here on Project Gutenberg.

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