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We recently spent a lovely week in The Lake District on holiday and as my children are quite small we knew we definitely wanted to take a trip to The World of Beatrix Potter attraction in Windemere to meet Peter Rabbit. If you are ever in that area I definitely recommend a trip as its a very enchanting exhibition and your kids will love it. To quote an article to give you a little bit of background on Peter Rabbit, "Peter Rabbit is a fictional anthropomorphic character in various children's stories byBeatrix Potter. He 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 rabbitBeatrix 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. In June 1902, a trade edition of the tale was published by Frederick Warne & Co, and by the end of the year, 28,000 copies were in print. Over the years, The Tale of Peter Rabbithas sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and as of 2008, the Peter Rabbit series has sold more than 151 million copies in 35 languages." I absolutely love Peter rabbit and all the stories he is in. He is an instantly recognisable character and definitely a favourite in our house as we have the whole collection of books and read them often. At the end of the exhibition they lead you out into the girt shop (of course, every good tourist attraction leads you through the gift shop at the end) and it's here that my little boy picked up a soft Peter Rabbit toy straight away and cuddled it like he had never had a cuddly toy before. This Peter Rabbit is amazingly cute for a stuffed toy and even though I was a bit shocked at the price, £24.95!!!, I didn't mind too much as my in-laws who came on holiday with us were buying the kids a present so I let him cling onto Peter!! Peter wears his familiar blue waistcoat that has cute little yellow stitching on it to represent the buttons. On the right hand side of the waistcoat the name Peter Rabbit is stitched onto the side. In his right hand Peter is holding a little orange carrot with some green leaves coming out of the stalk. This is a really cute part of the stuffed toy in my opinion and works well with the story of when he was stealing vegetables from Mr McGregor's garden. The toy is made out of a soft plush fabric and he really is very cost and cuddly. He has two glass eyes which are quite secure but could be pulled out if you have an overzealous child and could possibly cause a choking risk but I feel quite secure giving this to my almost 2 year old little boy. In his bottom Peter has a bean bag type filling so you are able to sit him up nicely which I think is a really nice idea. It's only in his bottom he has this so the rest of his body is nice and soft and cuddly. It actually says on the label that this toy is machine washable at 30 degrees which is quite unusual for soft toys but a good thing to know as they usually get quite grubby after a while. This toy is definitely a favourite of my little boy and will be his cute companion for quite a long time I think!
---Why I Have This--- This little rabbit is a treasure and has lived in my glass cabinet for a number of years. It was bought for me as a surprise present by my son so has been well looked after and is as good as new. Both he and I love all sorts of cuddly toys and animals and this little rabbit turned up out of the blue for one Birthday - I have no idea why he picked it - apart from it being so cute of course. ---Beatrix Potter--- Beatrix Potter, born in 1866, is a well known British author of children's stories and her beautifully illustrated books and characters will be well known to most people, even if they have not actually read the stories. ---Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit--- Peter Rabbit is Beatrix Potter's most famous character and was named after her pet rabbit Peter Piper. ---Peter Rabbit Stories--- Peter Rabbit is by far the most famous of Beatrix Potters story characters - though others, such as Jemima Puddleduck and Benjamin Bunny, are also well known. Peter Rabbit made his first appearance in 1902 in 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' and was also in five other stories. ---The Product--- 20cm tall. Plush rabbit made from very short mid brown fur. Peter has a cream fur belly and insides to his long ears. His two back feet are a slightly darker brown fur. Padded rabbit but with beans/pellets in the base of his body so he stands well. Embroidered nose and mouth. Also embroidered eyes but very well done in three colours. White little pom-pom tail which is also a little padded. Label sewn to back to show it is an official 'Peter Rabbit' - this is only sewn into the back seam so could be snipped off if required. Copyright Frederick Warne & Co 2004, Augusta du Bay, 91 Bld St Germain, 75006, Paris, France. Made in China. C.E. Mid blue material jacket with three gold buttons (some sort of painted ones) down the right hand side and 'Peter Rabbit' embroidered on the bottom of the left front of the jacket. The jacket is made separately but is held in place by a stitch or two both sides of the rabbit's chest and at the back of his neck - but could be removed if you wished. Peter is also holding a large orange carrot which is sewn to his right paw and there are three large felt mid green leaves sprouting from its top which have a row of stitching down their centre but which are very floppy and slightly gathered by the stitching. ---Cost--- £11.80 for the 20/22 cm version on Amazon - I am sure my son paid around the £10 mark from there quite a few years ago which I thought was quite expensive at the time - though of course I never said so. ---My Opinion--- Well I am sure everyone is familiar with Peter Rabbit even if you have not read all the stories. Although now over a hundred years old the Beatrix Potter characters are as endearing as ever, and Peter Rabbit is the most famous one of them all. His 'Tales' have also been on TV and his image is on lots of merchandising. I love all the Beatrix Potters characters and think the stories are delightful and charming - so it stands to reason that I would also love this little Peter Rabbit. He is very well made, from a very short sort of fur - but so short I am not sure I should call it fur - but do not know what else to call it. His face is very cute and he has cheeky little eyes - as you would expect from a mischievous little bunny! The carrot in his paw is a very nice touch - as not all Peter Rabbit soft toys have that. The fact he is wearing the blue jacket instantly turns him from an ordinary rabbit into Peter Rabbit. It is a mark of how well the Peter Rabbit persona is known that by just the addition of this jacket and carrot everyone instantly knows who he is supposed to be. The jacket could be snipped off but I think it belongs on him. His tail is also very well done - padded out and then covered in longer white fur to make it into a scruffy sort of pom-pom just over an inch across - that sounds large but is in keeping with the figure's dimensions. The Beatrix Potter stories have a timeless appeal to both children and adults. The stories are short and the characters are mostly cute little characters that would appeal to children and this little rabbit would be great for children or adults alike. You also do not need to have read the stories to appreciate this little figure, though obviously with children you could act out the stories if they knew them. I have only this year bought the entire Beatrix Potter set of books for a 2 year old great niece - and I hope she will get many years of pleasure from both the stories and the beautiful animal illustrations. I can see I will have to buy her a Peter Rabbit soon to go with the books! Its just a pity her name is Jessica and not Jemima - or she could have had Jemima Puddleduck! This is the only Beatrix Potter soft toy I have at present but I would be happy to have a lot more if anyone was to buy me some! ---Star Rating--- 5 Stars. ---Would I Recommend?--- Yes definitely. ---Welsh Local Interest--- The town of Tenby in Pembrokeshrie has a Blue Plaque: Beatrix Potter - 1866-1943 author and artist. While staying at 2 Croft Terrace in 1900 drew the pond in the garden which featured in the 'Tale of Peter Rabbit'. ---Website--- http://www.peterrabbit.com/uk/