Another of the charming series' produced by Wills & Hepworth from their Loughborough base in the 1940's, Tasseltip was a fairly eccentric rabbit who had adventures in the woodlands with his pals Frankie Frog, Suzie & Friskie(!) Squirrel and Robert Rat. Written by Dorothy Richards and illustrated by Ernest A. Aris (FZS & SGA), the series ran to 4 titles. Original editions featured a charming inside front & rear cover illustration of Tasseltips' neck of the woods, plus a full colour front cover and identical dust-jacket. At 2/6 each, they must have been at the upper end of childrens book pricing in the 40's.
Like most of the W&H output, the tales are good, clean fun. The sleeve notes; "although at times the little folk have differences, the keynote to their lives is kindness to others." echoes the usual W&H approach to stories. The illustrations are full of life and our hero seems to be in a permanent state of semi-hysteria, judging by his rolling eyes and unusual face. He also had a fondness for his oversized jeans, suspended from an outsized belly!
Tasseltip reappeared in the 70's in a new series, curiously released under the 497 code. They copied the artwork from the originals and Sarah Cotton re-wrote the stories; "Flickerdick", for example, becomes "Tasseltip and the Boozle", (bamboozle - geddit?). Like many reissued stories, didn't quite capture the charm of the original. Perhaps you needed to be around at the time to really enjoy these little trips down memory lane...