Written a year after Beatrix Potter came into ownership of Hill Top, her first farm in the Lake District, "Tom Kitten" introduces the Hill Top setting that would become a staple in subsequent books. Not much is shown of this idyllic world yet, but the first glimpse is an enticing one!
In my opinion, Tom Litten and his sisters are the most darling characters that Beatrix Potter ever drew. Of all her characters, none looks so adorable as the kittens - with "dear little fur coats of their own" - and so balanced in their anthromorphed and human-attired appearances. The story is reminiscent of "Peter Rabbit", with a "very naughty" child protagonist in his mischievous way but minus the danger posed by Mr. MacGregor. In spite of the resemblance, "Tom Kitten" is much gentler than "Peter Rabbit" "Squireel Nutkin" and "Benjamin Bunny". The farmhouse and the Lake world offers perfect peace that is ruffled only by playful childishness. Every child - and many an adult! - surely can identify with Tom Kitten as his mother takes "all sort of elegant uncomfortable clothes out of a chase of drawers" to dress him up for "the dignity and repose of the tea-party".