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Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Series: Peter Rabbit
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Warne (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 072325804X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723258049
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

"I cannot draw you a picture of Peter and Benjamin underneath the basket," writes Beatrix Potter in The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, "because it was quite dark, and because the smell of onions was fearful; it made Peter Rabbit and little Benjamin cry." Beatrix Potter's animal stories, the first of which was published in 1902, have been a joy to generations of young readers. This deluxe volume collects all of Beatrix Potter's 23 Peter Rabbit tales and verses together--complete and unabridged--in one book. All the original illustrations, both color and black and white, are included. The stories are arranged in the order in which they were first published to enable them to be read in the proper sequence, from A Tale of Peter Rabbit to The Tale of Little Pig Robinson. Beatrix Potter's tales were often connected with real places, people, or animals, so each story also includes a brief introductory note about its history. For example, "The story of naughty Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor's garden first appeared in a picture letter Beatrix Potter wrote to Noel Moore, the young son of her former governess, in 1893." In addition to the original 23 tales, this edition contains two early narrative picture sequences, Three Little Mice and The Rabbit's Christmas Party. And, there are two charming little stories, The Sly Old Cat and The Fox and the Stork, which were originally intended to be worked up into books, but remained unpublished. This beautiful introduction to the world of Beatrix Potter is sure to remain on the family bookshelf for generations to come. (Baby to Preschool) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Frasier deftly extracts a range of emotions from her repertoire as she creates engaging characters lovingly delivered in her British accent." ---AudioFile
--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

More About the Author

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)was a writer and illustrator. The Lake District where she lived for the last thirty years of her life as a farmer and conservationist was a particular source of her inspiration, and her passion for the natural world lay behind the creation of her famous little books.

Customer Reviews

This book was bought as a birthday gift for my daughter and she loved it.
Sally Swallow
We purchased "Beatrix Potter - The Complete Tales" as a book to read to our grandchildren.
K. Brooksby
A beautiful book, the illustrations in it are stunning, the stories wonderful!
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119 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a treasure and every home should have a copy on their shelf. You will have children and grandchildren to read the stories to. And, for heaven's sake, you can read and enjoy them as an adult. These are children's stories, to be sure, but they are very charming, the language is pleasant and better than most of what is fobbed off as "children's literature" today. And the paintings and drawings are glorious.

These stories have been in print for a century because they are so special. The animals are fantasies, yes, but Beatrix Potter was also a keen observer of animals and nature. I love how, in Nutkin, she has the squirrels bring the owl different gifts of animals to eat in exchange for gathering nuts on his island. However, she has the squirrels building rafts and traveling over the water to the island! My granddaughter loved this story and laughed very hard at how silly Nutkin is.

This treasury also has a short note at the beginning of each story about its origins and the Miss Potter's life at the time it was created. Nutkin, for example, is based on the musings of an old lady who lived on the island and thought they squirrels came from all around when the nuts were ripe. She enjoyed thinking they came on little rafts. We also learn that "The Tailor of Gloucester" was her personal favorite among her stories, and it is easy to understand why.

The stories range from those with few words to some with many words and fewer drawings. None of them are tremendously long. Readers of all abilities can find something to tackle. In fact, those who can't read yet should be given the opportunity to "read" you the story they see in the pictures. What fun that is!
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By K. Brooksby on November 18, 2007
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We purchased "Beatrix Potter - The Complete Tales" as a book to read to our grandchildren. We were not sure how little children raised on TV and video games would respond to the sweet, slow-moving tales written over a century ago. What we found was constant requests to "read another one, Grandpa," and "just one more." The little ones absolutely loved this book. The book is beautifully illustrated, beautifully bound, and protected in its box cover.
If you treasure good books, quality books, and wish to pass along these sweet stories to another generation rather than see them watching death and mayhem on the boob tube, we would highly recommend this book for your collection.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Danielle M. Donaldson on August 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this item for my mother because she was such a fan of the Peter Rabbit stories. However, inside this book was every single story of Potter's that was published including ones that never had a chance to be published before her death. Along with this are the original paintings she created for each story. My mother absolutely loves this and now reads it to my baby sister any chance she can. It is a must have for children's stories.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Beatrix Potter wrote wonderful stories for children! All of the books do have a subtle moral- which is good, imho. Disobedient children are punished in some books- but this does not mean they are dark stories. Her stories are so full of light, the children are not oppressed (in one story a young bunny is spanked- this is only because he went somewhere he'd been told not to b/c his life would be endangered). All of her characters are full of life and love- and so many stories portray great imaginative fun. Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is especially fun.
These books are true English classics- full of love for life and imagination.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Beatrix Potter acquired her love and knowledge of animals and the countryside during family holidays in Scotland. She also had animals as her constant companions as a child. She sketched and observed them for hours at a time.

Beatrix Potter's books have never lost their popularity. They are sold by the millions and have been translated into over fifteen languages. While her first story in 1902, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" was published in a small edition by Frederick Warne, within a year it was an instant best seller.

This deluxe volume is a collection of all twenty-three tales and some previously unpublished works. The stories are arranged in the order of publication as several are linked together by events or familiar characters.

Both the watercolors and black and white illustrations have been included. Children will adore the rhyming names of goosey gander and pig-wig. The animals seem to almost take on human personalities. In fact, these magical stories are often connected with real people places or animals.

Little girls who have a doll house will love "The Tale of Two Bad Mice," in which two hungry mice try to eat the artificial plaster doll food. Even at my age I found it irresistibly amusing. These little animals just have such great personalities.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
These stories are a timeless classic meant as much for adults as children. Far from being dark stories (Grimm's Fairy Tales are far more darker and contain more unpleasant themes than Beatrix Potter's stories), they reinforce many important life lessons and will still be around long after Pokemon becomes a footnote of the past.
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