Thursday, March 3, 2011

Beatrix Potter Review of Book Two: The Tale Of Squirrel Nutkin

Name of book: The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
Author  / Illustrator: Beatrix Potter
What's It All About: Many people don't know that this is the second book in the series and would assume that the Tale of Benjamin Bunny would be, but this is not true.  Squirrel Nutkin has been named as second.  
This is the story about a cheeky little squirrel named Nutkin.  When all the busy little squirrels sail across the lake to Owl Island to collect nuts, Nutkin plays about and teases Old Mr. Brown, the owl who gives the squirrels permission to hunt for nuts on his island in return for little gifts they bring.  Nutkin teases him terribly until Mr. Brown suddenly grabs hold of him and tries to eat him.  Nutkin gets away but leaves his beautiful tail behind.  Ever after he is a squirrel without riddles and jokes who knows when to keep his mouth shut.
My Favorite Bit: The page where the squirrels sail across the lake with their tails in the air is especially lovely.  I also love the way Potter illustrates the owl.
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This is perhaps for a little older of a child, mostly because there is a little violence and a moral at the end (and perhaps because old Mr. Brown is a little scary just sitting there).  This one is still one we read fairly often and I love the depiction of red squirrels, which are quickly disappearing from the UK. 

1 comment:

  1. This is a just a general comment to tell you how much I enjoy these reviews (maybe because I'm an actor in some of them). It's really a lovely piece of work