The tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter, Frederick Warne and Company, London, 1907.
This is a delightful tale. However it is not only about Tom Kitten, but also his two sisters, Mittens and Moppet. But most importantly it is about their mother, who cleans them up, and dresses them smartly, but then leaves them in the garden so they are out of the way so mother can finishing preparing for her tea. Of course her goal is a show of the kittens. However, kittens in a garden are not going to stay put, and they don't. The soil their clothes, and in fact the ruin them, and they are picked up by the Drake Paddle Duck family, who instead of retuning them put them on as best the could. When mother finds the kittens, she smacks them, and sends them to their room. I think the mother kitten may need some help. The ducks do as well, when they went swimming the clothes all fell off as they had no buttons. The ducks are always putting their heads under water looking for the clothes.
I like that last cute tid-bit as an explanation for duck behavior. Very enjoyable story.
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