The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
My first grader and I are great fans of Beatrix Potter's The Tales of Peter Rabbit. Truly a classic in the annals of children's literature, the stories bring to life woodland creatures frolicking amidst nature. The perennial conflict between Farmer McGregor and Peter continue to amuse children and adults till today.

I was predictably excited to hear that one of my favorite British actors, Emma Thompson (of Sense And Sensibility fame) had come up with a sequel to Peter's tale.
The rambunctious,naughty little rabbit gets into more (mis)adventures here. Young Peter decides that he needs some fun and inadvertently hitches a ride in Farmer McGregor and wife's picnic basket. The little rabbit finds himself miles from home somewhere in the wilds of Scotland. Luckily, Peter is found by Highland rabbit, the larger than life Finlay McBurney! My, what an imposing rabbit, standing tall and brave in all his Highland finery.

Peter is welcomed into Finlay's burrow and is made to feel at home by Mrs. McBurney and two little ones. Before long, Peter finds himself a reluctant participant at the Highland Games, and is pushed into participating in a game involving a giant radish...well, this being a tale of Peter Rabbit after all, be prepared for some interesting twists and lots of chuckles!

Ms. Thompson (who wrote the screenplay for Sense and Sensibility and won an Oscar for her efforts) shows her strength as an author and narrator here. The book comes with a CD recording read by Ms. Thompson. The story flows well and is not dissimilar to Ms. Potter's style. The change in setting to the Highlands of Scotland doesn't affect the charms inherent in the original work, and this book has charms of its own to offer. The illustrations by Eleanor Taylor are reminiscent of Ms. Potter's delightful artwork but one can tell that much love and effort went into creating the woodland creatures and their surroundings. There's an abundance of color which is not too bright nor muted, but just right, capturing all the beauty and charm of the countryside and its adorable inhabitants. My daughter and I look forward to reading more about Peter and company!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
If you ever read and enjoyed the Beatrix Potter tales, this is for you. Emma is amazing in her talent, and the CD included with the book of her reading the story is spot on. I laughed and delighted out loud. The illustrations are something Beatrix herself would highly enjoy! Do yourself a favor, buy it for your kid, or for yourself just because you need a warm Scottish smile.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2012
I listened to an interview with Emma Thompsom, on NPR. Being an admirer of Ms. Thompson, I thought her book might be good for my grandchildren. I ordered two. One for each of the younger girls. I am also a fan of Peter Rabbit, so I had to read the book, before giving it to the granddaughter, as a Christmas gift. The writing, and illustrations are classic Peter Rabbit. Well done Ms. Thompson, and thank you from our family. It's a beautiful book, and should be on the book shelves of every grandparent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In the spirit of Beatrix Potter, Emma Thompson has given readers "The Further Tale Of Peter Rabbit." Like Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit, the hero of Thompson's tale is mischievous and prone to disobeying his mother. Like the classic Peter Rabbit, that character in "The Further Tale Of Peter Rabbit" is clever, resourceful, and quick-witted. Like the classic Peter Rabbit, Emma Thompson's Peter Rabbit learns there are consequences associated with his disobedience.

"The Further Tale Of Peter Rabbit" is nicely illustrated. Without resorting to copying those of Beatrix Potter, Eleanor Taylor's illustrations are still reminiscent of Potter's work The colors are bright; the watercolor style is translucent; and the realism of the art work all serve to enhance Emma Thompson's story. These beautiful illustrations help make this a 5 star book.

"The Further Tale Of Peter Rabbit" is an very enjoyable read-aloud book for parents or grandparents to share at their toddler's bedtime. It is also one that younger readers may enjoy reading to themselves. A CD of "The Further Tale Of Peter Rabbit" which Emma Thompson reads is included with the book. It is a nice touch since beginning readers may use it in conjunction with their learning to read.

You will want to add Emma Thompson's "The Further Tale Of Peter Rabbit" to your child's library. It is a 5 star book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2014
Emma Thompson has done a masterful job of continuing the classic story of Peter Rabbit and Eleanor Taylor's illustrations are marvelous. Both ladies have captured the spirit of Miss Potter's story without slavishly copying her style, but creating each's own delightful style. Most sequels are bombs, but this one is definitely a "must" for anyone who has small children or grandchildren. They will love it, as you may also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2012
Everything about it evoked memories of my mother reading Beatrix Potter's tales to me a young child. Emma Thompson has captured that wonderful spirit that is in all Ms. Potter's books. I highly recommend this book for young & old.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2014
I always thought I was a very good reader of children's stories, but Emma Thompson puts me to shame. Her book is lovely, and my two-year-old daughter enjoyed it from the beginning, but we never got around to playing the CD. Thompson captures the impish innocence of Potter's Peter perfectly, and the illustrations are adorable, if not in the original style.

8 months later, we finally played the CD, and were bowled over by how beautifully it is read by the author. My now-almost-three-year-old was transfixed, but so - surprisingly - was my 11-month-old son. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, because I was entranced, too, if I'm honest. Thompson's voices have such range, and her intonations are so expressive that I can see her face in my head. I've immediately come home and ordered Thompson's Christmas Peter Rabbit and pre-ordered her third book.

For the anglophiles, the only audiobook that comes close to this in quality in my estimation is the Just William series (for slightly older children than Peter Rabbit's readers). It has a similarly adorable, accidentally naughty protagonist and Martin Jarvis has a range of character voices that rivals Ms. Thompson's. I remember staying up late into the night, listening to it on my worn cassette tapes as a kid - can't wait till my children are old enough to enjoy them (the stories, not the cassettes)!
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on July 11, 2013
I purchased this book for my preschool-age daughter after hearing it favorably reviewed on an NPR podcast. It quickly became one of my daughter's favorite books, and it's one that I love reading to her, as well.

The illustrations are beautiful and capture the subtle beauty and imagination of classic Beatrix Potter stories. The narrative is also in keeping with Beatrix Potter's works, although I find Emma Thompson's version to be even more entertaining and endearing.

This book is good literature on a very small, accessible scale--perfect for introducing young children to good, rich books at a young age. The story has a satisfying, cohesive narrative arc and contains a few great moments of irony. Everything about the book is very well done.

And, the accompanying CD in which Emma Thompson reads her story is fantastic! Her beautiful, dynamic narration paired with the delightful background makes this a great bedtime or playtime CD. My daughter loves it.

Overall, this is a very high-quality, sophisticated book for little ones. If you are tired of the silly, zany, vapid stuff that is often marketed to young children today, this is your book! We've also given it as a gift. This will be an enduring favorite of ours.

I hope to see more children's literature from Emma!
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on May 29, 2013
I have two confessions about this book. First of all, I decided to read it to my kids based solely on the fact that Emma Thompson wrote it. I adore Emma Thompson and I've always felt that she had a good way of relating to children.

Secondly, and this may be a bit blasphemous, but I enjoyed this book far more than any book written by Beatrix Potter. I remember not especially liking the original books as a child and was rather aghast to discover how harsh they could be when I re-read them to my own children. Thompson's book, however, is far different.

For one thing, Emma Thompson has written a story a child would enjoy, not a moral lesson. And Thompson fully develops this story, unlike the original Potter stories. I found it great fun to read with my kids as the story is so well paced. And it gave me a chance to practice my (hideous) Scottish accent. And, when my children were thoroughly disgusted at my accent attempt, they would listen to Emma Thompson herself read it (with a much better accent) on the included CD.

This is a book I would recommend to any parent looking for something fun to read to their child. And, to the parents of my childrens' friends....your kid will probably get this from us on their next birthday!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit will become another reading tradition at Christmas, following reading of The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit.
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