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Literature / The Tale of Tom Kitten

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The Tale of Tom Kitten is a children's book by Beatrix Potter published in 1907.

One day Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit was expecting guests, so she washed and dressed her three children and turned them out into the garden, instructing them to behave themselves and not to ruin their fancy clothes. You can probably guess what happened next.

This story provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Mittens, Moppet, and Tom.
  • An Aesop: Obey your mother, or alternatively, don't trust your rambunctious children to keep their nice clothes clean, because realistically, they're probably going to make a mess.
  • Cute Kitten: Tom Kitten, Mittens, and Moppet, our three main characters.
  • Doomed New Clothes: The clothes get stained by grass, ripped apart, worn by ducks, and finally are lost at the bottom of a pond.
  • Forced into Their Sunday Best: The Sunday best in question are stated to be quite uncomfortable and in Tom's case, too small.
  • A Simple Plan: All the kittens had to do was stay neat and clean until Mrs. Twitchit's friends arrived. Being kittens, they manage to fail at this spectacularly.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: The kittens.