The Fairy Caravan

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The Fairy Caravan
AuthorBeatrix Potter
IllustratorBeatrix Potter
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's literature
Publisher1929 Alexander McKay (US)
1952 F. Warne & Co (UK)
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Preceded byPeter Rabbit's Almanac for 1929 
Followed byThe Tale of Little Pig Robinson 

The Fairy Caravan is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter and first published in 1929 by Alexander McKay in Philadelphia. As noted by Leslie Linder, "Potter did not wish for an English edition of The Fairy Caravan, because she felt the stories were 'too personal - too autobiographical' to publish in this country". To secure English copyright, however, Potter produced 100 copies with the first eighteen pages discarded and replaced by sheets privately printed in Ambleside by George Middleton.[1]


The story follows the adventures of Tuppenny, a young guinea pig who runs away from home to join a travelling circus.


The woods and estate surrounding Graythwaite Hall in the Lake District, Cumbria, are the backdrop for Potter's story. They were a favourite walking spot for Wordsworth.


The book is described by Margaret Drabble as: '...those later written ... for the US....' ; and also: '...of little interest' .[2]


  1. ^ "Fairy Caravan published by George Middleton".
  2. ^ Drabble, Margaret, ed. (1985). The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 781. ISBN 0-19-866130-4.

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