The Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Potter
London : Frederick Warne, 1980. New Edition, Tenth Impression. Hardcover. 225 pages ; illustrated ; 21 cm. In original dust jacket with minimal wear. Previous owner name on front free endpaper. No other markings elsewhere. Binding is firm.
THE FAIRY CARAVAN is the story of a miniature circus William and Alexander's Travelling Circus. It was no ordinary circus, for Alexander was a Highland terrier to his friends and William was Pony Billy who drew the caravan.
The animals played all the parts-there was Paddy the Pig who was on occasion the Irish Pig that could dance a jig, the Learned Pig and the Pigmy Elephant; Tuppenny the long haired guinea-pig and Xarifa the Dormouse.
The circus performed only for the animals of the farms and fields they passed, for magic fernseed in their hair shielded them from the eyes of humans.
In this longer book for older children, Beatrix Potter has again conveyed that deep understanding and love of animals and the countryside which has endeared her "Peter Rabbit Books" to generations of children.
BEATRIX POTTER came from sturdy Lancashire stock-she herself declared that she was descended from generations of yeomen and weavers, obstinate, hard-headed, matter-of-fact folk. She was a lover of nature and animals and an artist both with words and brush. Just as Coleridge and Wordsworth noted with unmitigated enthusiasm the beauty and freshness of the lake country, so did Miss Potter fuse them with her stories of "Peter Rabbit", "Squirrel Nutkin", "Mrs Tiggy-Winkle" and hosts of others that have delighted three generations of children. Her greatness lies in the fact that she was able, again and again, to create that rare thing-a book that brings grownups and children together in a shared delight.
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