by Beatrix Potter

Hardcover, 1978



Call number




Frederick Warne and Co (1978)


Ginger, a yellow tom-cat, and Pickles, a terrier, run a very popular general store but soon run into trouble because they give everyone unlimited credit.

User reviews

LibraryThing member lisa211
The story is about a Ginger and Pickles (hence the title), a cat and a dog who run a dry good store. They have great services and great sales but too great that they actually let their customers goes on credit till their business just went bankcrupt because nobody actually pays for their goods when
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they buys them. Eventually, their store reopens, bringing greater profits.

This book has wonderful illustrations for the kids to enjoy. But I must admit, I don't really quite enjoy this book, and just reading it through to check it out. But of course, I can't speak for others.
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Ginger and Pickles open a shop, but they offer unlimited credit, and the customers never pay them. Eventually the are forced to close, and everyone has poor selection at various places or high prices at Tabitha Twitchit’s until Sally Henny Penny finally opens a shop.
LibraryThing member sealford
Poor little Ginger and Pickles! They were once very prosperous, but others took advantage of them once they started offering credit. It is their generosity that ultimately leads them to their downfall.
LibraryThing member dukefan86
This tale has surprising relevence in today's economy, as Pickles and Ginger run a store that fails--because they give an open credit line to anyone and everyone. Trying to bill the other animals doesn't work, so they close their store and have to find other work. Meanwhile, the other little stores
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in the story that take cash only survive. Huh.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Well I'm charmed. Just the play on words encapsulated by the title is all I needed to check it out.

But anyway, as the mixed reviews here note, it raises questions of the relative values of socialism and capitalism. What the other reviewers seem to think, though, is that the story should present a
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lesson - the question being which economic system is promoted here and which should be promoted to children.

I disagree. I say, use the ambiguity of the story's lesson to engage the children in discussion. How could Ginger and Pickles have kept their shop if they wanted to be compassionate enough to offer credit?
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LibraryThing member MrsLee
Cute little tale about setting up shop, commerce, credit and other such worthy topics. Mostly though, it is fun.

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