The Tale of Ginger and Pickles (originally, Ginger and Pickles) tells of a cat and a dog who run a shop. They allow their customers to buy on credit. When they find they cannot pay their rates and taxes, they go out of business. The shop was modeled on the village store in Sawrey.
The book began as a gift for Beatrix Potter’s publisher’s daughter. It was first published in a large format allowing her to show greater detail in the illustrations and to include black-and-white vignettes. She linked the story to earlier books (cf. the original cover picture) by reintroducing characters, and co contributing to a “world” of Beatrix Potter..
The book was eventually republished in the familiar standard small format.