The Tale Of Samuel Whiskers Or, The Roly Poly Pudding
Beatrix Potter
Children
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Level 3
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding is a children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter and first published by Frederick Warne & Co. in October 1908 as The Roly-Poly Pudding. In 1926, it was re-published as The Tale of Samuel Whiskers. The book is dedicated to the author’s fancy rat “Sammy” and tells of Tom Kitten’s escape from two rats who plan to make him into a pudding. The tale was adapted to animation in 1993.

The Tale of
Samuel Whiskers
Or,
The Roly Poly Pudding

by
Beatrix Potter


Sammy

In Remembrance of “SAMMY,”
The
intelligent pink-eyed Representative of a Persecuted (but Irrepressible) Race
An
affectionate little Friend, and a most accomplished thief




Once upon a time there was an old cat, called Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit, who was an anxious parent. She used to lose her kittens continually, and whenever they were lost they were always in mischief! On baking day she determined to shut them up in a cupboard. She caught Moppet and Mittens, but she could not find Tom.

Mrs. Tabitha went up and down all over the house, mewing for Tom Kitten. She looked in the pantry under the staircase, and she searched the best spare bedroom that was all covered up with dust sheets. She went right upstairs and looked into the attics, but she could not find him anywhere.

It was an old, old house, full of cupboards and passages. Some of the walls were four feet thick, and there used to be queer noises inside them, as if there might be a little secret staircase. Certainly there were odd little jagged doorways in the wainscot, and things disappeared at night — especially cheese and bacon.
Mrs. Tabitha became more and more distracted, and mewed dreadfully.

While their mother was searching the house, Moppet and Mittens had got into mischief. The cupboard door was not locked, so they pushed it open and came out.

They went straight to the dough which was set to rise in a pan before the fire. They patted it with their little soft paws —
“Shall we make dear little muffins?” said Mittens to Moppet.

But just at that moment somebody knocked at the front door, and Moppet jumped into the flour barrel in a fright.