Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes

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Appley Dapply's
Nursery Rhymes

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Author of
"The Tale of Peter Rabbit," etc.

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The reproductions in this book have been made using the most modern electronic scanning methods from entirely new transparencies of Beatrix Potter's original watercolours. They enable Beatrix Potter's skill as an artist to be appreciated as never before, not even during her own lifetime.

The illustration on page 26 is the original picture which appeared in the first edition of this book, and for which on alternative was later substituted.


Published by the Penguin Group
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Viking Penguin Inc., 40 West 23rd Street, New York, New York 10010, USA
Penguin Books Australia Ltd, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia
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Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices: Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England

First published 1917
This edition with new reproductions first published 1987
This impression 1989

Universal Copyright Notice:
Text and original illustrations copyright © Frederick Warne & Co, 1917
Copyright in all countries signatory to the Berne Convention
New reproductions copyright © Frederick Warne & Co., 1987
Copyright in all countries signatory to the Berne and Universal Conventions

All rights reserved. Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book.

Colour reproduction by
East Anglian Engraving Company Ltd, Norwich
Printed and bound in Great Britain by
William Clowes Limited, Beccles and London


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APPLEY DAPPLY, a little brown mouse,
Goes to the cupboard in somebody's house.

IN somebody's cupboard
There's everything nice,
Cake, cheese, jam, biscuits,
—All charming for mice!

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APPLEY DAPPLY has little sharp eyes,
And Appley Dapply is so fond of pies!


NOW who is this knocking
at Cottontail's door?
Tap tappit! Tap tappit!
She's heard it before?

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AND when she peeps out
there is nobody there,
But a present of carrots
put down on the stair.

HARK! I hear it again!
Tap, tap, tappit! Tap tappit!
Why—I really believe it's a little black rabbit!

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OLD Mr. Pricklepin
has never a cushion to
stick his pins in,
His nose is black and his
beard is gray,
And he lives in an ash stump
over the way.

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YOU know the old woman
who lived in a shoe?
And had so many children
She didn't know what to do?

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I THINK if she lived in
a little shoe-house—
That little old woman was
surely a mouse!


A little old man in black velvet;
He digs and he delves—
You can see for yourselves
The mounds dug by Diggory Delvet.

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GRAVY and potatoes
In a good brown pot—
Put them in the oven,
and serve them very hot!


THERE once was an amiable guinea-pig,
Who brushed back his hair like a periwig—

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HE wore a sweet tie,
As blue as the sky—

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AND his whiskers and buttons
Were very big.



The Original
Peter Rabbit Books




This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1943, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.


This image is in the public domain in many countries as a reproduction of a work of art whose copyright has expired.