April 1, 2015 by Beth - I SNIFF BOOKS blog
The 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.
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.