Fairy Tailors Measure Tom Thumb!

Illustration:  Tom Thumb & The Tailors.  ONCE UPON A TIME.  Edited by Katharine Lee Bates.  Illustrated by Margaret Evans Price.  Rand McNally & Company: Chicago & New York. 1921.

“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.

Illustration:  Tom Thumb & The Tailors.  ONCE UPON A TIME.  Edited by Katharine Lee Bates.  Illustrated by Margaret Evans Price.  Rand McNally & Company: Chicago & New York. 1921.

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!

  1. 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.

    1. Claudia,
      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!
      Elephant

      1. 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.

  2. Fairy tailors made me think of “fairytalers”. That’s what I’ll be as soon as I start writing my first fairytale 🙂

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