The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes
Beatrix Potter
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The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes is a children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, and published by Frederick Warne & Co. in October 1911. Timmy Tiptoes is a squirrel believed to be a nut-thief by his fellows, and imprisoned by them in a hollow tree with the expectation that he will confess under confinement. Timmy is tended by Chippy Hackee, a friendly, mischievous chipmunk who has run away from his wife and is camping-out in the tree. Chippy urges the prisoner to eat the nuts stored in the tree, and Timmy does so but grows so fat he cannot escape the tree. He regains his freedom when a storm topples part of the tree. The tale contrasts the harmonious marriage of its title character with the less than harmonious marriage of the chipmunk.

The Tale of
Timmy Tiptoes

Beatrix Potter


Once upon a time there was a little fat comfortable grey squirrel, called Timmy Tiptoes. He had a nest thatched with leaves in the top of a tall tree; and he had a little squirrel wife called Goody.

Timmy Tiptoes sat out, enjoying the breeze; he whisked his tail and chuckled —
“Little good wife Goody, the nuts are ripe; we must lay up a store for winter and spring.”
Goody Tiptoes was busy pushing moss under the thatch —
“The nest is so snug, we shall be sound asleep all winter.”
“Then we shall wake up all the thinner, when there is nothing to eat in the spring-time,” replied prudent Timothy.

When Timmy and Goody Tiptoes came out to the nut thicket, they found other squirrels were there already. Timmy took off his jacket and hung it on a twig; they worked away quietly by themselves.

Every day they made several journeys and picked up quantities of nuts. They carried them away in bags, and stored them in several hollow stumps near the tree where they had built their nest.

When these stumps were full, they began to empty the bags into a hole high up in a tree, that had belonged to a wood-pecker; the nuts rattled down — down — down inside.
“How shall we ever get them out again? It is like a money-box!” said Goody.
“I shall be much thinner before spring-time, my love,” said Timmy Tiptoes, peeping into the hole.

They did collect quantities — because they did not lose them! Squirrels who bury their nuts in the ground lose more than half, because they cannot remember the place. The most forgetful squirrel in the wood was called Silvertail. He began to dig, and he could not remember. And then he dug again and found some nuts that did not belong to him; and there was a fight. And other squirrels began to dig, — the whole wood was in commotion!