Friday, March 31, 2017

The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan Coloring/Story Book ~ Free Printable


"Once upon a time there was a Pussy-cat called Ribby,
who invited a little dog called Duchess, to tea..."

Welcome to our spring 2017 edition of Fun Friday with Beatrix Potter featuring The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan! In this particular story, Beatrix Potter included some black and white illustrations among the colored pictures in her sweet book. We have gleaned her original black and white drawings for our coloring book and embellished the blank areas with additional graphics to make it more enjoyable. If you haven't yet read this story, here is a fun way to as it is included in its entirety in our printable!


For instance, this original drawing of Duchess and Ribby is from Beatrix herself (we are now on a first name basis). I simply added the garland and patty-pan for extra coloring fun. 


On the first page, we have the original drawing of Ribby writing out her invitation. I included a pot of geraniums on the same page as I noticed some potted ones in the background. This is why I call it a bit of an "embellished" coloring book. I used some clip art from The Graphics Fairy and a few from the public domain for this project. 


The story can also be printed in booklet form (side by side) and made into a little story booklet. This can be done by clicking "print" from our download menu. Look for the area that says "print using system dialog". Most printers offer a printer setting for "booklets". Choose that option and simply print out the book. You can sew a straight line across the middle of the book with a sewing machine to bind it. You can also staple it or use a hole punch and so forth.

Note: In the picture, I folded the booklet in half and then sewed the spine. However, after the fact I realized I should have kept the pages as is and sewed across the middle of the printable prior to folding. This would achieve a true book look. I don't know what I was thinking?! So, do as I say on this one but not as I do :)


Beatrix Potter stories are perfect for spring! Pour yourself and the little ones in your life a nice pot of English tea, turn on some quaint cottage music and have some nurturing coloring time together (or even by yourself for those whimsical quiet moments).  I hope you enjoy this little printable in one way or another! If you do end up using it, please tell me what you did with it! Did you color it by yourself or share a page with a little Potter fan? Did you make up little spring gift bags of goodies and include this with a quality set of colored pencils? Do share! 


You will find our free printable coloring/storybook HERE! Happy spring!


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21 comments:

  1. This is so sweet. I love this story! Thank you for putting it together for us. I am going to share this with my 6 year old daughter.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Laura! Nice to hear from you :)

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  2. Once again thank you Jes, this is really lovely. Maybe I might transfer some of these drawings onto fabric and embroider them. As nice indoor activity as we move into our colder months in Australia.
    Blessings Gail.

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    1. What a clever idea! I think one of the pictures would be darling on a tea towel! :)

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  3. "Quaint cottage music"???ideas please??!!

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    1. There are a few different varieties I have found (depending on your taste), I will try and link them in the article today! Thanks for stopping by Cindy!

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    2. Hi Cindy, I have something else sweet to share along the same lines... jus thought of it so I will include it in a short post next week along with some song inspiration. Hope you like it! :)

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  4. Darling!
    I also wanted to thank you for the post you did several weeks ago about Louisa May Alcott's An Old Fashioned Girl. It took awhile for my library to borrow one, but I finally got it and read it. I absolutely loved it! I mentioned it to my best friend and she couldn't believe I had never read it. She counts it among her all-time favorites. Please mention any others that are similar in future posts!

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    1. So glad you read and loved it! It is one of my favorites too and I sure will share any others that come my way! Thanks for the feedback! :)

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    2. I also read it and loved it so much. Thank you for the book recommendations. I love this little coloring book, I'd like to print it out for my niece who has just turned 7.

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    3. Thanks for sharing! I am glad the book was enjoyed! It really delighted me and I was happy to share it! I hope the coloring book is enjoyed by your niece! :)

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  5. Dear JES,
    I will print this to color myself! I just might print it for some little ones I know, too ;) Thank you for providing the printable.
    With love, Kelsey

    P.S. Please thank Mrs. Tittlemouse for me the next time you see her. I made her un-paper towels, following your tutorial. I will try to send you a picture. My phone has been misbehaving, so I will be sending it via my husband's email. (I'll put 'From Kelsey' as the subject title, so you can keep an eye out!)

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    1. Thanks for sharing Kelsey -- I hope all is well with you! I would LOVE to see your un-paper towels! Please DO send some photos and I will pass them on to Mrs. Tittlemouse too!!! I will keep a lookout :)

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  6. Thank you. I'm sure my grandson will enjoy this!

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    1. You are most welcome! :) Thank you for taking the time to comment!

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  7. This looks like a fun activity to do with my granddaughter using the nice collection of colored pencils my daughter gave to me. We both love to color. :-) Thank you, JES. Have a lovely day!
    ~ Lynne
    PS ~ Looking forward to your upcoming article including quaint cottage music inspiration. "Cottage" is one of my favorite homemaking words. :-)

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    1. Ah, wonderful! Thank you for sharing Lynn!!

      P.S. "Cottage" is also one of my favorite homemaking words! :)

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  8. Thank you, Jes, for a lovely printable! I will be printing it for myself! :) I, too, am looking forward to your post on cottage music!

    I love all the books you share with us. I need to check with our library, as summer is my "reading" time when I'm not canning. I also wanted you to know that I found the red checked lids (ordered with my sons' help and received them) and am looking forward to making something yummy from the garden and using these as gifts! Thank you!

    And I plan to cover my hot pads, make unpaper towels and some of your lovely room spray. Since I will be needing to buy material, these will have to wait a bit but the room I sew in is cool and comfy in summer, so these will be on my to-do list! :) I also plan to buy your book on left over peels, etc. when I get some time with my son! :)

    Have a wonderful week! Teri S

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    1. Dear Teri, Thank you so much for sharing! It makes this blogging thing much more worth it to hear back from the other side of the computer screen! Plus it is nice that some of these things are being implemented! Have fun with all the projects! Homemaking is so much fun when we allows ourselves the time for whimsical moments to enjoy it! :)

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  9. Thank you so much for this printable I am printing it for my sister's granddaughter

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    1. Sounds like fun! Thanks for sharing Joyce! :)

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