“TOM THUMB & THE FAIRY TAILORS”
One summer morning when the wee baby was only a few days old, the queen of the fairies flew in at the window of the room where he lay. She touched his cheek lightly with a butterfly kiss and gave him the name of Tom Thumb. She then ordered her fairy tailors to make for Tom a wonderful suit, his hat of an oak leaf, his shirt of a spider’s web, his jacket of thistledown, his trousers of apple-rind, and his shoes of the skin of a mouse, nicely tanned, with the hair inside.
ONCE UPON A TIME.
Edited by Katharine Lee Bates.
Illustrated by Margaret Evans Price.
Rand McNally & Company: Chicago & New York. 1921.
8 thoughts on “Fairy Tailors Measure Tom Thumb!”
It’s very cute!
Thank you – it is cute!
I love her rich blue dress and those darling little red boots with fur cuffs. And the description of Tom’s little clothing – the spiderweb in the background. What a nice illustration.
I hope you looked at the full view of the picture in the post – it has the mouse (to be skinned) and other elements of his little outfit including oak leaves for his hat!
Now I see him. Sad news for me. He is not a smart mouse. I say this because he seems to be listening and surely he would be getting the idea that maybe he should make an exit.
I hope he gets away and alerts the other mice!
Fairy tailors made me think of “fairytalers”. That’s what I’ll be as soon as I start writing my first fairytale 🙂