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Beatrix Potter, in my opinion wrote some of the most beautiful children's stories in the world. Probably my most favourite from childhood was the Tale of Peter Rabbit as I have a brother called Peter and our mum always used to read it to us and so now I am so pleased that I can share this beautiful story with my children.
According to an article I read, "Peter first appeared in The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902, and subsequently in five more books between 1904 and 1912. Peter Rabbit was named after a pet rabbit Beatrix Potter had as a child called Peter Piper. The first Peter Rabbit story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was originally created in 1893 as a letter to Noel Moore, the five-year-old son of Potter's former governess, Annie Moore. The boy was ill, and Potter wrote him a picture and story letter to help him pass the time and to cheer him up. The letter included sketches illustrating the narrative."
For me its the illustrations that make this book. Peter is brought to life by Beatrix in such an enchanting way. He is a bit of a naughty rabbit but you side with him and always want to see him succeed in his adventures. His is instantly recognisable as he wears a cute blue jacket and always has a little mischevious little grin on his face.
If you have ever seen the film, Miss Poetter staring Renee Zellwegger, you will know that Beatirx always thought of her characters as real life little beings and Peter rabbit is definitely very cute and a fun character for little children to read about. My kids love hearing the stories about him and I also find them fun to read. The stories are never that long or boring but full of adventure and old fashioned charm.
In this book we meet four little rabbits, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter. Now, their mother has warned them not to go into Mr McGregor's garden as their father had an accident there and was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor. However, Peter being Peter he goes straight into the garden where he promptly eats all the vegetables he can eat before Mr McGregor spots him and tried to capture him. A chase ensues but Peter manages to escape although without his trusty coat and shows which Mr McGregor uses on a scarecrow to scare away the blackbirds. When Peter gets home he feels a bit ill so Mother puts him to bed with just a camomile tea whilst his good little siblings got to feast on a dinner of bread, milk and blackberries!
So, let this be a lesson to all naughty little bunnies, if you disobey your Mother you will go to bed ill and hungry. Well, I wouldn't take it to quite that extreme but its a cute little lesson to learn about being good told in a very beautiful story form.
We have the hardback version of the book, published by The Penguin Group.
This is a beautiful tale of the mischievous Peter Rabbit.
The author is Beatrix Potter who was an author, artist, storyteller and countrywoman. This is sent in the Lake District and was written in 1902. With the story been wrote in that era, I have found the literature a bit hard to explain to a 3 year old, although I did just change the words for my boys.
Peter Rabbit lives with his Mother and his sisters Floopsy, Cottontail and Mopsy. The story takes place after their mother has told them to go out and play. With Peter being a bit mishevious he decides to go down the lane into Mr McGregors garden. Now all I can say about this gentleman is that he does make alot of rabbit stew so Peter has an eventful day ahead of him. It makes the story more enjoyable if you can take on the role of the characters as my husband does a great Scottish accent. I don't think he scared the children too much when he read certain bits. When you are reading this book, you are taken straight away into Peter Rabbits little world and as the drama enfolds, you hold your breathe waiting for the next page. Can I just say as well its beautifully illustrated.
Peter Rabbit has sold over 40 million books worldwide and you can buy an array of Peter Rabbit merchandise.
This book can be picked up in bookshops for the full retail price of £4.99 but I have seen it alot cheaper on other sites.
My boys still love the stories and can remember word for word.
Childhood memories cant put a value on that.