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Beatrix Potter Books
Always Popular and Endearingly Charming
In her books, Beatrix created a slew of endearing charming characters who have became famous in children's literature. She illustrated all her stories herself with beautifully detailed drawings, that have very human expressions and show each ones character clearly.
She filled her stories with anthropomorphic characters that included Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy Winkles, Jeremy Fisher, Mr Tod, and many more wonderful characters, that are a pleasure getting to know. Each Potter book has simple text with richly detailed but focused illustrations harmonize beautifully with one another and align perfectly with one another. You don't have to hunt through the book to find the picture that matches the text, it's right there on the facing page.
I have always loved Beatrix Potter's books, the dialog is wonderful and the illustrations are enchanting and amusing; I find that even now as an adult, reading one of her books still makes me smile. I am generally fast reader, but when it comes to the Potter stories, I find I like to savor them, and read them out loud. So here I present my favorites, I hope you will find it both enjoyable and informative.
Who was Beatrix Potter?
Beatrix Potter was a beloved author of children's books, a talented artist (illustrator), and a proficient and patient naturalist.
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She wrote 23 Tales between 1902 and 1930
Have you ever read any of her books?
Beatrix Potter - The Complete Tales
The original and authorized edition
This complete and unabridged collection contains all 23 tales in one deluxe volume using the original illustrations. It is a perfect gift to introduce children to the world of Beatrix Potter. The stories are filled with lots of humor and the ideas are so contemporary it is difficult to believe many of them were written over 100 years ago.
The Stories are great to read aloud to your children or grandchildren, and they will enjoy the experience because you will be enjoying your self too as the stories actually sound better read aloud.
To add to the experience, there is a short note before each story telling you about the origins of the story and any other interesting points.
Though some of the tales are not so well known, the good thing about getting a complete volume such as this, is that for the price of a few individual tittles you can get to enjoy all titles and discover tales you may never have read otherwise. And besides this, anyway all her titles are very good, and of course the illustrations are always superb.
The book is beautifully beautifully bound, and protected in its own box cover.
Enjoy having the stories read out loud to you
If you would rather have the books in Audio format, there are a few sets available from which to choose.Click on each item for further details!
The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Other Beatrix Potter Favorites Audio Book On CD (24 of 24)
Tales of Beatrix Potter (Classic Books on CD Collection) [Audio CD]
The Beatrix Potter Collection (2008) Produced by: BBC Format: DVD
The World of Peter Rabbit
All The Original Books in a Boxed Set
If you prefer to get the whole set as individual books, this is a beautiful gift box containing all 23 Original tales. Each story comes is in its own hardcover book and includes all the original full color illustrations.
Loved the world over for a century each little book takes you deep into the English countryside as you become familiar with her famous and (mostly!) lovable characters.
The books with their soft water-color artwork will delight and charm adults and children alike.
Some Favorite Book IllustrationsClick thumbnail to view full-size
If you want to to hear a sample of these stories, these YouTube videos will give you a taste of her tales.
Some Popular Titles
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is basically a story stressing the importance of listening to ones parents, yet it does this without being preachy.
Peter Rabbit and his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail are left by their mother, Mrs Rabbit, for the day. Before she leaves she forbids them to enter Mr. McGregor's garden.
The girls listen to their Mother, but Peter goes to the garden where he gorges himself until he is sick, Mr. McGregor sees him and chases him.
In the end he does escape but looses his jacket and shoes, Mr. McGregor uses them to dress a scarecrow, while he returns home all exhausted and ill.
Peter Rabbit 110 year Anniversary
The book was first completed in 1902
The year 2012 marks its 110 year Anniversary
This will be celebrated this summer in the Lake District
Events to Celebrate 110 years Anniversary
Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson is to write a new Peter Rabbit story to mark the 110th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's original story.
The 51-year-old told US chat show host Craig Ferguson she "had a lovely little job offer" from the publishers of the children's book series. more...
www.peterrabbit.com has been re-launched as part of the year-long anniversary celebrations to mark 2012 as the 110th anniversary of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Digital specialists tictoc were appointed by Frederick Warne & Co. (part of the Penguin Group) to create a new global website for him and his many friends aimed at attracting fans from around the world looking to find out about books, merchandise, exhibitions and information about Beatrix Potter's life.more...
Peter Rabbit: The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit
Peter Rabbit: The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit is an updated copy of the original, and is made specially for the 110th anniversary of the original publication of the book.
Top marks for The Tale of Peter Rabbit?
Even though it is probably the most well known character, I think I enjoyed the "The Tailor of Gloucester" more, and found "The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck" satisfying.
Do you think it deserves its place as the most popular book?
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin is story about an impertinent rather mischievous young red squirrel named Nutkin and his narrow escape from an owl called old Mr. Brown.
Old Mr. Brown lives on an island filled with nut trees. While the other squirrels give gifts to old Mr. Brown for allowing them to collect nuts, the impudent Nutkin is cheeky and insolent.
Old Mr. Brown reacts with patience and wisdom until one day when the wise and patient owl decides to teach Nutkin a lesson, and Nutkin finds himself in an very uncomfortable situation.
One commentator has likened Squirrel Nutkin's impertinent behavior to that of the rebellious working-class of Potter's own day, and another commentator has noted the story's similarities to folk stories of pourquoi and in its explanations of Squirrel Nutkin's short tail and characteristics of squirrel behavior.
The Tailor of Gloucester
The Tailor of Gloucester is a story about a tailor whose work on a waistcoat is finished by the grateful mice he rescues from his cat and was based on a real world incident involving a tailor and his assistants.
A poor tailor from Gloucester has three days to complete cherry-colored silk waistcoat commissioned by the mayor for his wedding. He sends this cat Simpkin to buy food and a twist of cherry-colored silk, while Simpkin is gone, the tailor finds and releases some mice the cat has imprisoned under teacups. When Simpkin returns and finds his mice gone, he hides the silk twist in anger.
The tailor falls so ill that he cannot complete the waistcoat, but when the grateful mice realize this, they work to complete it. When the tailor returns to his shop, he is surprised to find the waistcoat finished. However, one buttonhole remains unfinished because there was "no more twist!" A remorseful Simpkin gives the tailor the twist to complete the work and the waistcoat is such a success that it makes the tailor's fortune.
The Tailor of Gloucester is an excellent story that illustrates the importance of doing good, and the that what goes round comes round (good karma).
For years, Potter declared that of all her books it was her personal favorite.
Love this picture
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is a less complicated than any of her previous stories. In 1903, she and her publisher decided her next book should be less complicated, and in Benjamin Bunny she created a simple story for young children.
Written sort of a companion/continuation to The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny. It is full of adventure and teamwork in contrast to the earlier story which has a greater element of mischief.
Benjamin is Peter's cousin and together they have another adventure in Mr. McGreggor's garden. this story does give the two rabbits a better ending, and shows how helpful and useful teamwork is.
As an author B.P. was sensitive to the openings and endings of her books, and insisted Benjamin Bunny finish with the words "rabbit-tobacco", a term she appropriated from the Uncle Remus stories by Joel Chandler Harris, one of her literary heroes.
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is a fantasy type story about Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and a little girl named Lucie.
Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, a kindly hedgehog washerwoman who lives in a tiny cottage in the fells of the Lake District. Lucie has habit of losing her pocket-handkerchiefs. When she loses his her handkerchiefs yet again, she goes in search of them and happens upon a magical door that leads into a hill. After she goes through the door and comes upon Mrs. Tiggy-winkle's cottage, she stays for tea. The two then deliver freshly laundered clothing to the animals and birds in the neighborhood (made up of animals featured in other books).
B.P. wrote this book mainly to be enjoyed by girls, and, like most girls' books of the period, it is set indoors with a focus on housework.
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher is a story about Jeremy Fisher as he has a day full of the worst fisherman's mishaps when he sets out to catch minnows for his dinner.
Jeremy Fisher is a frog who lives in a "slippy-sloppy" house at the edge of a pond. One rainy day he decides to go fishing and plans to invite his friends for dinner if he catches more than five minnows. He collects some worms and sets off across the pond on his lily-pad boat.
While trying to fish, Jeremy Fisher encounters all sorts of setbacks, and escapes a large trout who tries to swallow him. He falls into the pond and swims for shore where he decides he will not go fishing again, and hops home.
Though he is not successful with his fishing, the friends still have a wonderful meal with the contributions from his friends.
This is a wonderful story of true friendship and kindness, and how friends can make even the worst day come out well with their kindness.
The Tale of Tom Kitten
The Tale of Tom Kitten is a delightful story, and captures B.P. at her best. She captures the sometimes futile struggles of a parent trying to show of their "wonderfully clean and dressed children" in a most entertaining manner.
In this story Tom Kitten and his two sisters, Mittens and Moppet have been dresses to the nines by their mother Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit. Their Mother is expecting company for tea. After giving the kittens unwelcome baths, brushing them down and making them wear their Sunday best (including having to sew the buttons on plum Tom's suit) the sends them out. Within moments the kittens have soiled and lost their clothes while scampering about the garden.
Tabitha is "affronted". She sends the kittens to bed, and tells her friends the kittens have the measles. Once the tea party is underway however, its "dignity and repose" are disturbed by the kittens romping overhead and leaving a bedroom in disorder.
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck is about a domestic duck as endearingly hopeless as her name suggests. She finds it impossible to to tend her eggs in the overcrowded barn, so her eggs are routinely confiscated by the farmer's wife because she believes Jemima is a poor sitter.
Jemima searches for a place away from the farm where she can hatch her eggs without human interference, she comes across a helpful gentleman (a fox) and naively confides her woes to the suave fox who invites her to nest in a shed at his home. Jemima accepts his invitation, little realizing her danger: the fox plans to kill and roast her.
Kep, a collie on the farm, discovers Jemima's whereabouts and rescues her just in time. This story shows a clear-eyed vision of the natural order of things and though Jemima does escape, you cannot but realize what a lucky escape she has.
Potter indicated the story was a revision of "Little Red Riding Hood" with Jemima, the fox, and the dog parallels to the fairy tale's heroine, wolf, and woodcutter. Jemima, Kep, the farmer's wife and her two children were all modeled on real world individuals at her Hill Top farm.