The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck – Beatrix Potter

The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck was published by Beatrix Potter in 1908. It is the 12th book in the Peter Rabbit series and it falls in between The Tale of Tom Kitten and The Tale of Samuel Whiskers.

The Jemima Puddle-Duck story was inspired by a working farm that Beatrix Potter bought in 1905 called Hill Top Farm. Most of the pictures in The Story Of Jemima Puddle-Duck are based on the buildings and surroundings of the farm – all of which she drew herself.

The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck has been praised as one of Beatrix Potter’s best children’s stories and it teaches children how they should never trust strangers, no matter how kind they may seem. You can download a free copy of The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck below.

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Title: The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck

Author: Beatrix Potter

Published: 1908

Pages: 27

Format: A5 PDF

Release Date: 27 January 2005

Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA

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The World Of Peter Rabbit & Friends – The Tale Of Tom Kitten And Jemima Puddle-Duck

In this episode of The World Of Peter Rabbit and Friends, the very cute stories of The Tale of Tom Kitten and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck are combined into one episode.

The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck Summary

The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck begins with us learning that poor Jemima is annoyed because the farmer’s wife keeps taking her eggs. To add insult to injury, the farmer gives the eggs to a hen to hatch! Jemima really wants to hatch her own eggs even though her sister-in-law, Mrs. Rebeccah Puddle-Duck thinks that she would abandon them.

She tries to hide the eggs but they are always found so she decides the best solution would be to make a nest away from the farm. One afternoon she sets off to find the perfect spot. At the top of the hill, she sees a wood in the distance and she decides it would be a quiet safe spot.

She takes flight and finds a nice open spot to land in the middle of the woods. She thinks that she would like a tree stump of some sort as her nest. As she explores the area she comes across a very well-dressed gentleman reading his newspaper.

When the gentleman sees her he politely asks if she has lost her way. She is very impressed by the gentleman’s manners and thinks he is rather handsome. She explains that she is looking for a warm, dry spot to make a nest and tells the gentleman about the farmer’s hen. He sympathizes with her story and says that if he ever met the hen he would teach her to mind her own business!

The gentleman then goes on to explain that he has a sackful of feathers at his home and she is more than welcome to stay and sit on her eggs as long as she likes. When they arrive at his house, the gentleman shows her in and takes her to a big pile of feathers where she can make her nest. She is quite surprised by how many feathers the gentleman has but doesn’t think anything of it.

She makes her nest and when she is done she decides to return home for the night. The gentleman promises to look after the nest and explains how much he loves eggs and ducklings.

Jemima comes back to the gentleman’s house every afternoon and soon she has laid nine eggs in the nest. The gentleman seems to really love the eggs and he counts and turns them when Jemima isn’t there.

After Jemima had finished laying her nine eggs, she tells the gentleman that she will begin sitting on them the next day. She says that she will bring a bag of corn with her so that she doesn’t need to leave the eggs to go and eat.

The gentleman tells her not to worry about the corn and that he will give her oats. He suggests that they have a dinner party before she begins sitting on her eggs. He asks her to bring some herbs and onions with her from the farm so that he can make a savory omelet with them.

Jemima Puddle-Duck doesn’t even become suspicious of the gentleman and she happily goes around the farm collecting the herbs he has asked for. She waddles into the kitchen and takes the onions from the farmer’s basket. As she is leaving she meets the collie dog, Kep on her way out. He asks what she is doing and where she is going every afternoon. She tells him the whole story and he listens carefully. He grins when she describes the gentleman to him.

He asks her a few more questions and then goes trotting down the road toward the village. There he finds two fox-hound puppies walking with the butcher.

In the meantime, Jemima Puddle-Duck goes back to the gentleman’s home carrying the herbs and onions the gentleman had asked for. When she arrives the gentleman isn’t as friendly as he had always been. He tells her to check her eggs and then come inside quickly. She feels a little uncomfortable but does as he says anyway.

Just then she hears the patter of feet at the back of the shed where her eggs are laid. She sees a black nose sniffing along the bottom of the door and then suddenly the door is locked. Jemima now really became afraid!

Soon afterward she hears terrible noises – barking, growls, howling, and squealing!

Just then Kep the collie dog opens the door to let her out but unfortunately, the puppies rush in and eat up all her eggs before he can stop them. Jamima notices that poor Kep has a bite on his ear and that both of the puppies are limping but the gentleman is never seen again.

The dogs escort Jemima back to the farm and she was very upset that her eggs are gone.

Soon after, the farmer’s wife allows Jemima to keep the next eggs that she lays but only four of them end up hatching. Jemima says that it was because of her nerves but everyone knows that it is because she is a bad sitter.


Just like Beatrix Potter’s other bedtime stories, The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck is also beautifully illustrated by Beatrix Potter herself. Download The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck PDF right here to share with your kids and help them easily learn about stranger danger!

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