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The World of Peter Rabbit (The Original Peter Rabbit, Books 1-23, Presentation Box) Hardcover – Box set, May 4, 2006
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This review is regarding the poor printing quality of the books that are currently being sold.
Message to Amazon:I just ordered the presentation 23-box set and several individual books. The books are all printed in China. The quality of the printing is so poorly done that I am returning $200 worth of books. I am writing to ask if this is the new standard of publishing for Beatrix Potter books. I am working on a graduate paper and have purchased a large number of books written by Judy Taylor, Margaret Lane, and Leslie Linder--all experts in the work of Beatrix Potter. I purchased the complete set of books and individual ones so that I can compare the different editions with the original privately edition printed in 1901, the first Frederick Warne & Co. published edition in 1902, the centenary edition published in 2002, and the 110th edition published in 2012. There is a huge difference in the printing quality in paper texture and color quality with the recent new editions being sold by Amazon. The earlier new printings Amazon sold have an almost satin quality to them. The later ones have a rough almost grainy texture. The printing on all the recent editions appears as if they were printed on machines with low toner. The text and picture colors appear faded as if printed by amateurs. The quality is unbelievably poor!
Is there a quality control on these books? Is anyone checking to make sure that what is being sent to customers is a standard that you approve of? From all my research on Beatrix Potter, I understand she wanted to have the books printed as cheaply as possible to be able to reach as many children as possible, but 111 years later, we should expect a higher quality than what is being published opposed to even one year ago.Read more ›
the stories are lovely, most people will know the story of Peter Rabbit and probably Jemima Puddleduck. There are some absolutely wonderful stories in this collection and you will really enjoy getting to know them with your children. The tale of Samuel Whiskers, Two Bad Mice, and Ginger and Pickles are particular favourites of my 3 and 4 year olds. As some characters turn up in other stories, it is a wonderful world for them to inhabit and identify with.
there may be some worries that, as they are 100 years old or so, some things in them are particular to the time and may not be easily explained - but why should this matter? Worlds are full of strange and wonderful things - of imperial measurements, strange rhymes and odd jobs. Of self-fitting candles and pounds, shilling and pence.
The characters are wonderful and the stories fun - beautifully illustrated too. I would also take this chance to highly recommend the animated dvd and videos of these stories, these are near perfect renditions of the stories and are great for the children to add to the experience - they have Niamh Cusack as Beatrix Potter part narrator.
I was perusing amazon, just for fun, and saw this set for a hundred bucks... I showed my sister....she encouraged the purchase...and I bought it. I'm in college, so a hundred bucks is like a thousand. It's a GREAT BUY, no doubt; this is a timeless collection, and this edition is a step up than the previous.
No regrets. Keeping it for my own kids.
Something your children can pass down to their children.
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A beautiful gift for my Grandson to treasure. His first Birthday fell on the same day as the 7 of Beatrix Potter.Published 12 days ago by Norma Pritchard
This was a gift for my nephew, and he really likes the set. However, the reason I'm only giving it 3 stars is that the first set came with a duplicate of one book and was missing... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've wanted this for my daughter for years. Now that she has a baby of her own, she decorated her nursery with Beatrix Potter art, and this was the perfect addition to what she... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lanell R.
This is a beautiful series but had no number 7 and two number 11's. It was a gift to a grandchild shipped overseas so it was too difficult to return it.Published 1 month ago by H.S.
I thought it was a tad pricey, but it's so perfect and cute and brings back my childhood. I bought these so I can read them to my son, I cannot wait until he's old enough to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Kids loved it. I would recommend the set unconditionally. The product arrived in a timely manner and was adequately packaged and presented. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PJD
This is the best collection and a beautiful gift for a beginning family.Published 2 months ago by kepviolin