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Beatrix Potter Complete Tales [Paperback]

Beatrix Potter
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Oct. 31 2006
This complete and unabridged collection contains all 23 of Beatrix Potter's Tales in one deluxe volume with all their original illustrations. A perfect gift to introduce children to the world of Beatrix Potter, the Complete Tales is also an ideal christening present; traditional and timeless, it's a classic for any nursery shelf. Discover Beatrix's most famous character, Peter Rabbit, and meet his family and friends. There are so many exciting adventures to enjoy, told with such humour and wit it's difficult to believe that Beatrix Potter wrote many of them over 100 years ago. Children will love hearing what happens to naughty Peter Rabbit when he disobeys his mother and ventures into Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden. They'll delight in discovering the fate of Tom Kitten who, like so many young children, finds it just impossible to keep his clothes neat and clean! The tales are arranged in the order in which they were first published to enable them to be read in proper sequence, as several are linked together by events and characters. There is a section at the end of the book that contains four additional works by Beatrix Potter that were not published in her own lifetime. The stories included inside are: "The Tale of Peter Rabbit"; "The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin"; "The Tailor of Gloucester"; "The Tale of Benjamin Bunny"; "The Tale of Two Bad Mice"; "The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle"; "The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher"; "The Tale of Tom Kitten"; "The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck"; "The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies"; "The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse"; "The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes"; "The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse"; "The Tale of Mr. Tod"; "The Tale of Pigling Bland"; "The Tale of Samuel Whiskers"; "The Tale of The Pie and the Patty-Pan"; "The Tale of Ginger and Pickles"; "The Tale of Little Pig Robinson"; "The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit"; "The Story of Miss Moppet"; "Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes"; and, "Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes.


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"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.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic timeless reading Oct. 17 2008
By Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Beatrice Potter called them little books and I have those too, but I liked the idea of having all the books in one complete book so I bought this one too. I think Beatrice's stories are a must read for every generation. Her illustrations capture the stories beautifully and since I grew up with these books I know first hand that the stories can be enjoyed by just looking at the pictures or reading them as well. My favourites are still the same: The Tailor of Gloucester, Two Bad Mice, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

If you're interested in more information about Beatrice Potter, I recommend the movie about her life called Miss Potter.Miss Potter

I really enjoyed the additional information about Beatrice and the About This Book page at the beginning of each book which gives details about when each book was published and other little details about how the stories came about.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for Young and Old Oct. 17 2007
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I've been reading this aloud to my 7yo for a month or so, reading one story every now and then. The stories are presented here in chronological order as published with 4 unpublished works at the end. The stories are wonderful, darling tales of anthropomorphic animals. Once Potter married in 1913 she didn't have as much time for her painting and writing and I think it shows as the stories in the first half of the book are much more enjoyable than the latter ones. The stories are somewhat didactic but not overly so. They are also much more violent than I would have thought them to be. Naughty children are spanked frequently and Potter presents as a matter of fact that animals are often killed by hunters, farmers and other animals.

The 7yo really enjoyed the stories, especially the ones in which Peter Rabbit or members of his family appeared. Also, while each story stands alone there are references to prior events and characters and this was fun to notice when reading them in order. This edition itself includes a brief biography of Beatrix Potter at the front and prior to each story is a short introductory paragraph detailing connections in the story with Potter's real life. All the original illustrations, including the original front covers illustrations, are included and this is a book that can be browsed through just for the gorgeous watercolours and sketches.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful bedtime reading July 6 2000
By amf
Format:Hardcover
My young daughter (15 months) and I have just completed our second reading of this extensive collection. My daughter loves Jemima Puddleduck and Mrs. Tittlemouse. She can flip all the pages until she finds one of these characters and then proudly points them out to me. As a parent, I love the stories because of the crazy and adventurous plots. In the Tale of Mr. Tod, Benjamin Bunny's children are locked in an oven while Mr. Tod (a fox) and Tommy Brock (a badger) duel in a territorial battle of wills that involves suspending a full pail of water over a supposedly sleeping Tommy Brock. The first time we read it, the suspense was killing me! Another favorite is the Pie and the Paddy Pan. A very proper cat named Ribby invites Duchess, a dog, for lunch. Duchess correctly assumes that Ribby will serve mouse pie. She concocts a hilariously funny scheme to substitute the mouse pie for a pie more suitable for a dog. Obviously, the lunch is disastrous, and pretty darn funny. I decided to buy all Beatrix Potter's works in one complete source book after reading Jim Trelease's READ-ALOUD HANDBOOK. He stresses the importance of reading aloud to children and one of his highest recommended authors is Beatrix Potter because of the complex sentence formation and vocabulary introduction. While my initial reasoning may sound rather boring, we continued reading these stories every night because they are truly delightful tales with lovely delicate drawings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As cheeky and exciting as it ever was March 27 1998
Format:Hardcover
Can Peter outwit the "fierce bad rabbit?" Can he resist the temptation of tender, young lettuces in the cottage garden? Will his mother punish him and his siblings tease him? With subtle plot twists, ever-present danger, and tempting treats just a twitch of the nose away, a young rabbit can keep the most jaded video game player and special effects junkie of the late 1990's enthralled. Young or old, this wonderful collection of tales and beautiful illustrations is a delight that you'll revisit again and again.
Disney's mouse marketing and f/x might roar, but Peter Rabbit, in all its imaginative simplicity, will charm and enchant in unique and always surprising ways.
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I love this product it reminds me of my childhood and I treasure the book, so glad I was able to find it as hard cover
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The set is beautiful, and I would recommend it to everyone. It is a treasure to have in my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift!
Love the beatrix potter books, such a timeless story. Very happy with the gift, childrens favourite. Enjoyed it myself, when I was a child.
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I BOUGHT IT FOR THE ART WORK.

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I was disappointed because I wanted the individual little books, not one book with all the stories. I think the explaination could have prevented this misunderstanding.
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