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Dear Peter Rabbit [Hardcover]

Alma Flor Ada , Leslie Tryon
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March 1 1994
When Peter Rabbit is invited to a housewarming party by one of the Three Little Pigs, a behind-the-scenes adventure begins to unfold. This collection of previously unseen letters from the land of make-believe offers us a rare and fresh glimpse into the lives of well-loved characters. Along the way, Goldilocks makes a much happier return visit to the Bears' house, finds Peter Rabbit's lost jacket, and befriends Little Red Riding Hood. This delightful tale of interconnecting friendships, written by Alma Flor Ada and enhanced by Leslie Tryon's detailed and engaging pictures, is sure to warm the hearts of young and old alike.

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Reminiscent of Janet and Allan Ahlberg's hugely successful The Jolly Postman , this clever picture book creates a fictitious flurry of correspondence between such familiar characters as Goldilocks (here given the surname McGregor, with a wink and a nod to Beatrix Potter), the Three Pigs, Baby Bear, Red Riding Hood and Peter Rabbit. As the plot thickens (will Goldilocks make a return visit to the Bears' house? Will Peter Rabbit be well enough to attend the Three Pigs' housewarming party?), Ada inventively weaves together the criss-crossing letters, neatly tying up the loose ends with a finale wherein the entire assembly (except for the now-tailless wolf) shows up for Goldilocks's birthday party. Ada clearly had fun extrapolating the characters' private lives, and her sunny treatment finds ready companionship in Tryon's delicately colored, lovingly detailed pen-and-ink and watercolor art. A Spanish edition, Querido Pedrin , is being issued simultaneously. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 3-A series of lively letters penned by beloved storybook characters tells an entertaining and imaginative tale. As the Big Bad Wolf lurks just out of sight, Pig One writes to Peter Rabbit, inviting him to a housewarming party at his newly built straw house. Meanwhile, Baby Bear sends Goldilocks a note asking her to visit, admonishing her to "knock on the door first before you come in." In reply, Goldilocks McGregor writes about vegetables missing from the garden and the "tiny jacket" and "tiniest pair of shoes" found by her father. Peter sends his regrets to Pig One; he caught cold while hiding from Mr. McGregor in a "half-full" watering can. Not to worry, due to uncontrollable circumstances the party will take place at Stick House at a later date. The chatty correspondence continues, culminating in a birthday party that brings the characters face to face. Carefully weaving together the lives of these literary favorites into a seamless plot, Ada uses familiar elements to create a convincing and intriguing make-believe world. In addition to being fun to read, the letters move events along quickly and create a unique voice for each author. Tyron's inviting illustrations, rendered in pen and ink with watercolors, add both detail and dimension. Whether author or recipient is depicted, the pictures include and expand on the contents of each letter. Drawings of Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor are appropriately reminiscent of Beatrix Potter's originals. Children will be enchanted by this opportunity to meet familiar faces in new settings.
Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Peter Rabbit April 14 2000
Format:Paperback
This book unites many favorite fairytale characters. The story is told in letter form only, with such memoriable letter writers as Peter Rabbit, Goldilocks, one of The Three Little Pigs, Farmer McGregor's Daughter, and the Big Bad Wolf among others. It is an interesting tale connected by the letters. You revisit old favorites but with a twist as you discover how they become connected making a new and interesting tale. This is a great story to show letter writing and still connect with old and familar fairytales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Peter Rabbit April 14 2000
Format:Paperback
This book unites many favorite fairytale characters. The story is told in letter form only, with such memoriable letter writers as Peter Rabbit, Goldilocks, one of The Three Little Pigs, Farmer McGregor's Daughter, and the Big Bad Wolf among others. It is an interesting tale connected by the letters. You revisit old favorites but with a twist as you discover how they become connected making a new and interesting tale. This is a great story to show letter writing and still connect with old and familar fairytales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Peter Rabbit April 14 2000
By janis madsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book unites many favorite fairytale characters. The story is told in letter form only, with such memoriable letter writers as Peter Rabbit, Goldilocks, one of The Three Little Pigs, Farmer McGregor's Daughter, and the Big Bad Wolf among others. It is an interesting tale connected by the letters. You revisit old favorites but with a twist as you discover how they become connected making a new and interesting tale. This is a great story to show letter writing and still connect with old and familar fairytales.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Peter Rabbit April 14 2000
By janis madsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book unites many favorite fairytale characters. The story is told in letter form only, with such memoriable letter writers as Peter Rabbit, Goldilocks, one of The Three Little Pigs, Farmer McGregor's Daughter, and the Big Bad Wolf among others. It is an interesting tale connected by the letters. You revisit old favorites but with a twist as you discover how they become connected making a new and interesting tale. This is a great story to show letter writing and still connect with old and familar fairytales.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Peter Rabbit May 9 2005
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Format:Paperback
Dear Peter Rabbit is a great book! If you like books written in letter style this is your kind ok book.My favorite character is Peter rabbit,He can be pretty sneaky, for example he stole carrots from Goldilocks. When all of of his friends gather an unpleasent guest comes. What are they going to do? If you like suprises read Dear Peter Rabbit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Peter Rabbit May 9 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Dear Peter Rabbit is a great book! If you like books written in letter style this is your kind ok book.My favorite character is Peter rabbit,He can be pretty sneaky, for example he stole carrots from Goldilocks. When all of of his friends gather an unpleasent guest comes. What are they going to do? If you like suprises read Dear Peter Rabbit.
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