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  • >> JUDITH GREGG: Hello, I'm Judith Gregg with the San José Public LIbrary, and I would

  • like to read you a story.

  • Are you sitting comfortably?

  • Then I will begin.

  • This is "The Tale of Tom Kitten" by Beatrix Potter.

  • (reads) Once upon a time there were three little kittens, and their names were Mittens,

  • Tom Kitten, and Moppet.

  • They had dear little fur coats of their own; and they tumbled about the doorstep and played

  • in the dust.

  • But one day their mother--Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit--expected friends to tea; so she fetched the kittens

  • indoors, to wash and dress them, before the fine company arrived.

  • First she scrubbed their faces (this one is Moppet).

  • Then she brushed their fur, (this one is Mittens).

  • Then she combed their tails and whiskers (this is Tom Kitten).

  • Tom was very naughty, and he scratched.

  • Mrs. Tabitha dressed Moppet and Mittens in clean pinafores and tuckers; and then she

  • took all sorts of elegant uncomfortable clothes out of a chest of drawers, in order to dress

  • up her son Thomas.

  • Tom Kitten was very fat, and he had grown; several buttons burst off. His mother sewed

  • them on again.

  • When the three kittens were ready, Mrs. Tabitha unwisely turned them out into the garden,

  • to be out of the way while she made hot buttered toast.

  • "Now keep your frocks clean, children! You must walk on your hind legs. Keep away from

  • the dirty ash-pit, and from Sally Henny Penny, and from the pig-stye and the Puddle-Ducks."

  • Moppet and Mittens walked down the garden path unsteadily. Presently they trod upon

  • their pinafores and fell on their noses.

  • When they stood up there were several green smears!

  • "Let us climb up the rockery, and sit on the garden wall," said Moppet.

  • They turned their pinafores back to front, and went up with a skip and a jump; Moppet's

  • white tucker fell down into the road.

  • Tom Kitten was quite unable to jump when walking upon his hind legs in trousers. He came up

  • the rockery by degrees, breaking the ferns, and shedding buttons right and left.

  • He was all in pieces when he reached the top of the wall.

  • Moppet and Mittens tried to pull him together; his hat fell off, and the rest of his buttons

  • burst.

  • While they were in difficulties, there was a pit pat paddle pat! and the three Puddle-Ducks

  • came along the hard high road, marching one behind the other and doing the goose step--pit

  • pat paddle pat! pit pat waddle pat!

  • They stopped and stood in a row, and stared up at the kittens. They had very small eyes

  • and looked surprised.

  • Then the two duck-birds, Rebeccah and Jemima Puddle-Duck, picked up the hat and tucker

  • and put them on.

  • Mittens laughed so that she fell off the wall. Moppet and Tom descended after her; the pinafores

  • and all the rest of Tom's clothes came off on the way down.

  • "Come! Mr. Drake Puddle-Duck," said Moppet--"Come and help us to dress him! Come and button

  • up Tom!"

  • Mr. Drake Puddle-Duck advanced in a slow sideways manner, and picked up the various articles.

  • But he put them on _himself!_ They fitted him even worse than Tom Kitten.

  • "It's a very fine morning!" said Mr. Drake Puddle-Duck.

  • And he and Jemima and Rebeccah Puddle-Duck set off up the road, keeping step--pit pat,

  • paddle pat! pit pat, waddle pat!

  • Then Tabitha Twitchit came down the garden and found her kittens on the wall with no

  • clothes on.

  • She pulled them off the wall, smacked them, and took them back to the house.

  • "My friends will arrive in a minute, and you are not fit to be seen; I am affronted," said

  • Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit.

  • She sent them upstairs; and I am sorry to say she told her friends that they were in

  • bed with the measles; which was not true.

  • Quite the contrary; they were not in bed: _not_ in the least.

  • Somehow there were very extraordinary noises over-head, which disturbed the dignity and

  • repose of the tea party.

  • And I think that some day I shall have to make another, larger, book, to tell you more

  • about Tom Kitten!

  • As for the Puddle-Ducks--they went into a pond.

  • The clothes all came off directly, because there were no buttons.

  • And Mr. Drake Puddle-Duck, and Jemima and Rebeccah, have been looking for them ever

  • since.

  • THE END

  • >> JUDITH GREGG: If you would like to hear more stories like this, please go to www.sjpl.org.

  • Thank you.

>> JUDITH GREGG: Hello, I'm Judith Gregg with the San José Public LIbrary, and I would

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