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Beatrix Potter



10.  Beatrix Potter, author/illustrator.
The Tale of Tom Kitten.
London, New York: Frederick Warne & Co., 1907.

The anxious cat Tabitha Twitchit and her naughty kittens Moppet, Mittens, and Tom, appear in several of Beatrix Potter's tales. One afternoon when Tabitha needs to make toast for the company coming to tea, she gives her children strict instructions to keep their good clothes clean, walk on their hind legs, steer clear of the Puddle-ducks and then leaves them to their own devices.

When she discovers that all her orders were flouted (what a surprise), she confines them unsupervised to a bedroom while she attends to the guests. She really should not have been surprised when she had to break up the noisier party in full swing upstairs!

If you like stories where children get their parents' goats, you can read Tom Kitten at Project Gutenberg. (Image Credits)