The Tailor of Gloucester

by Beatrix Potter

Hardcover, 1993



Local notes

E Pot


Frederick Warne, Penguin Books (1993). 59 pages. Purchased in 2016. $8.00.


When the tailor becomes sick and cannot finish the waistcoat for the Mayor, the mice finish it for him.


Original publication date


Physical description

59 p.; 1 inches


0723280061 / 9780723280064



User reviews

LibraryThing member Gold_Gato
I wish they still had these types of industrious mice nowadays. Mice who will hear your frantic plea for help to complete a deadline at work...and then they'll come running to complete your powerpoint presentation or spreadsheet. Maybe because they're from Gloucester?

Allen Atkinson's lovely illustrations make the Beatrix Potter classic even better. The tailor and his helpful mice made such an impression on me when I was small that I actually visited Gloucester. I never found the little rodents, but I did find one of those wonderful alleys full of shops. Certainly, the little ones were busy at work in one of those stores.

"And then I bought
A pipkin and a popkin,
A slipkin and a slopkin,
All for one farthing"

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
The tailor is too sick to work, but he has left snippings for clothes for the mice. To thank him, they finish his work. Simpkin, his cat, has hidden the thread he got on an errand, but seeing the mice work so hard, he gives it to his master.
LibraryThing member benuathanasia
A cute adaption of the Elves and the Shoemaker. The illustrations were the best part of this book.
LibraryThing member lisa.isselee
Wonderful little book !
LibraryThing member john257hopper
This delightful story was the author's own favourite, and is the only one whose central character is a human being rather than an animal. I was prompted to read this following a visit to Gloucester for its annual history festival, which included a short Beatrix Potter walk round the city centre. The story is based on the life of a real Gloucester tailor, John Prichard, but the house now occupied by the Beatrix Potter museum and touted in the book as the tailor's shop in College Court is not the historical Prichard's shop, which was in nearby Westgate and is now the (very unassuming) Sword Inn. Anyway, it is of course a charming story.… (more)
LibraryThing member barquist
This is a sweet story of an impoverished older man who is helped by tint mice to make a jacket for the mayors wedding, which he was too sick to make otherwise. It is one of the longer Potter stories but there are also some fun lyrical rhymes that children can engage in.
LibraryThing member MrsLee
Sort of a take on The Elves and the Shoemaker, this little drama involves a tailor, a cat and numerous mice. I say drama because it covers the human traits of resentment, vengeance, kindness, charity and repentance, all without one word of preaching.

The illustrations are charming, and the cat is perfectly in character. There is a museum in England which has the waistcoat which Potter used as inspiration for her lovely pictures with the "cherry-coloured twist." A sweet little insight into the fashion lives of history.… (more)




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