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Beatrix Potter the Complete Tales Hardcover – Oct 19 2006

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Warne; Slp edition (Oct. 19 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 072325804X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723258049
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Narrating these stories, Kellgren sounds eminently British and appropriately old-fashioned. . . . Don't mistake old-fashioned for slow, however; her narration is vigorous and fast paced, filled with character accents and songs and even the very authentic-sounding chitters of a squirrel and meows of an angry cat." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter (1866-1943). Her passion for the natural world lay behind the creation of her famous tales. A particular source of inspiration was the Lake District where she lived for the last thirty years of her life as a farmer and conservationist.

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Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were - Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. Read the first page
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Choi on June 11 2004
Format: Hardcover
By printing each tale as a separate book, this boxed series presents Potter's tales in the form they were originally published. The format allows each story to unfold with a deliberate pace, as the turning of each page reveals a fresh illustration alongside a few sparse lines of text. In contrast, a so-called "complete tales of" volume I looked at totally destroyed the aesthetic integrity of Potter's work by squeezing entire stories into 2 or 3 11" x 8" pages. Furthermore, the illustrations no longer followed the storyline in a linear fashion but instead looked like haphazard afterthoughts. I would recommend this series for preserving that almost undefinable "charm" of the originals.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 17 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 17 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve on July 21 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a simply lovely boxed set of the complete Tales of Beatrix Potter! The display box is just beautiful and all of the books are hardcover and also very pretty. We wanted our child to grow up with the same characters we so enjoyed as children, and even though it may be a bit "early" for reading yet, this set also makes a wonderful addition to the nursery just as as a decoration in the meantime. Highly recommended!
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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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By amf on July 6 2000
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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