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My Dear Noel (Picture Books) Paperback – February 17, 2000


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Johnson's (The Princess and the Painter) spare tale will be lapped up by anyone who ever loved Beatrix Potter's cotton-tailed hero. Her story tells of the famous letter that Potter sent to an ill London boy in 1893 that later evolved into The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Elegant watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork brimming with period details focuses on Noel Moore and his cherubic siblings as they eagerly await a visit from Miss Potter; simultaneous views of Potter in her home cleverly hint at her professional interests. Irresistible in sailor suits and smocked dresses, the children greet their friend: "Noel had known her longest, so he felt she belonged to him more than to Eric or Marjorie or Freda." The ideal guest, she arrives with gifts for all, also bringing her mischievous pet mice and rabbit, Peter. As Potter departs, she explains to Noel that she is going to Scotland and will not be able to visit for awhile, but "I shall write." When her envelope arrives, it is just the tonic needed by Noel, who has spent the summer in bed, "forgetting how it felt to be well": the child decides that Mrs. Potter's tale of a feisty hero named Peter Rabbit is "really about me!" Johnson's credible dialogue and her precisely detailed Victorian setting make these endearing, century-old characters impressively lifelike and immediate. A facsimile of Potter's original missive to Noel on the endpapers tops off this inviting introduction to an extraordinary artist and her best-known work. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-Johnson relates the story of how Beatrix Potter came to write Peter Rabbit, the first of her classic children's books. She is depicted as an adult, a close friend of the Moore children, particularly Noel, the oldest son. The book shows them eagerly awaiting a visit from her. She brings her pet rabbit and mice, treats, and jokes. Later Noel is taken ill and spends the summer bedridden. In the fall, he receives a thick packet from Potter, a story with pictures that she has written to cheer him up. It is the original version of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Noel feels it is about him and his family and loves it and rallies. A concluding page fills out more of the story of the boy, his family, and Potter. Reminiscent of Michael Hague's style, the competent artwork shows a comfortable, well-to-do Victorian home, the Moore children engaged in a variety of activities and interactions with Potter, and Noel's long confinement. The attractive layout lends variety, with pictures ranging from full-page or double-page spreads to panels, ovals, and circles. The endpapers show facsimiles of the original picture letter sent to Noel in 1893. An unusual offering with a bit of history that will appeal to children.
Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (February 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750028483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750028486
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,300,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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