The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

by Beatrix Potter
64 pages, Picture Book
Reviewed by Jenny

A short but witty story of a saucy little squirrel.


The title is misleading. Or, rather, not quite thorough enough. This is not just a tale, it is a tale about a tail — a tail of a squirrel named Nutkin. Nutkin lived, with his brother and a great many cousins, in a wood at the edge of a lake. In the middle of the lake was a little island which was covered in lots of nut-bushes. When nut season came, the squirrels would all paddle out to the island to collect their nuts; but first they had to pay a tribute to the owl that lived there. And all would have gone well if Nutkin had not been so saucy and ill-behaved...


While the others are very polite and conscientious, Nutkin is a very bad-mannered little squirrel. He very nearly gets eaten for his sauciness, but escapes to be a wiser squirrel in the end.

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Mr. Brown the Owl gets fed up with Nutkin’s bad behaviour and is going to eat him, but Nutkin pulls so hard in Mr. Brown’s talons that his tail comes in two and he runs away.

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With Beatrix Potter’s typical bounding charm come Nutkin and his family onto the page in witty sentences and bright watercolour images. Short, but delightful, this is an enchanting story for little children.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 2-4

Review Rating:

Average rating: 4 stars
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