Sunday, February 27, 2011

Beatrix Potter Review of Book One: The Tale Of Peter Rabbit

Name of book: The Tale Of Peter Rabbit
Author  / Illustrator: By Beatrix Potter
What's It All About: Peter is a curious bunny who can't resist going into Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden, though his mother has told him not to.  Peter eats until he is discovered by Mr. McGregor and has to hide in a watering can half full of water.  There is a feverish feel to this story as Peter tries to get out of the garden, becoming ensnared in a net, cornered by Mr. McGregor's cat, and finally escapes under the gate without his shoes or coat, which he has to leave behind.  His mother puts him to bed as he has caught a cold from being in the watering can, and he must drink camomile tea. 
My Favorite Bit: The illustrations are lovely but I think I like the page the most where Peter cannot get out the back gate and sheds a few tears to a mouse who cannot help him because she has a large pea in her mouth.  Peter looks so sad with his ears pushed back and his little hand on the door. 

Suitable Age For Reading It To: This is just right for small children and up.  It's a good length to hold attentions and the pictures are captivating for kids. 
Go Get It: I'm not doing a go get it section for these books as on the first post I put where you could get the whole set.  You can refer to that page if you're feeling shoppy.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Complete breakdown: Beatrix Potter Book Set

Let's start this little side series off right.  Everyone, but everyone, who has any sort of inclination towards children or children's books should have a set of Beatrix Potter stories.  You should (my opinion) own the set that has each little book as it's individual self in hard cover.  Children love nothing more than to pull a small hard bound book out of a little box and read about an English countryside world of little animals painted with dreamy watercolors.   You should not: buy this as one book, invest in the paperback set, or get any sort of watered down story versions as publishers are wont to do now and then with things like Winnie The Pooh and Dr. Seuss.  If you're going to have the set, consider it as a library investment and put in the dues (or receive it as a high school graduation gift as I did). Mine comes in a lovely sturdy box with fold out front doors and pictures all around it.  I highly recommend it and will link to it below.

There are so many little stories in this set that I have decided to do a little segment on each one so that you can understand them as themselves as well as the set.  Indeed some of them are not as child-friendly as one might hope and so there are some that are better to begin with than others.  I have listed all 23 titles below so that if you are planning on buying these on an installment plan you can know that there are 23 titles and that these are they.  And on we go.

We will start with Book 1 on the next post.

1. The Tale Of Peter Rabbit
2. The Tale Of Squirrel Nutkin
3. The Tailor of Gloucester
4. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
5. The Tale of Two Bad Mice
6. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle
7. The Tale Of Mr. Jeremy Fisher
8. The Tale Of Tom Kitten
9. The Tale Of Jemima Puddleduck
10. The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies
11. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse
12. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes
13. The Tale Of Johnny Town-Mouse
14. The Tale Of Mr. Tod
15. The Tale Of Pigling Bland
16. The Tale Of Samuel Whiskers
17. The Tale Of The Pie And The Patty Pan
18. The Tale Of Ginger And Pickles
19. The Tale Of Little Pig Robinson
20. The Story Of A Fierce Bad Rabbit
21. The Story of Miss Moppet
22. Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes
23. Cecily Parsley's Nursey Rhymes

Monday, February 14, 2011

Children's Book Review: Pigs Say Oink

Name of book: Pigs Say Oink
Author  / Illustrator:
Martha Alexander
What's It All About: Children go through the farmyard, the town, and the countryside and hear what sounds everything makes. 
My Favorite Bit: I love that the words are just on the page over each item that is making noise.  This book was given to me as a little girl and I loved to look at the children watching the train go by, playing musical instruments, and looking at farm animals.  This is a lovely book if you have time to sit and look at the pages.
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This is great for a young child around 3 to 4, but younger children can look at the pictures and try and say the noises, as can older children.  It's an all around great book to have.
Go Get It: Pigs Say Oink 
(This book is currently out of print so it is expensive if you want a mint condition.   If you don't care about the tattered-ness of an old book, there are still great ones to be found.)
A little about the Author and/or Illustrator: I can't seem to find much about Martha Alexander or if this book was illustrated by another person. If you find anything out, drop me a line!  Happy reading!