Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Beatrix Potter Book Review of Book Ten: The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

Name of Book: The Tale Of The Flopsy Bunnies
Author/Illustrator: By Beatrix Potter
What It's All About: Benjamin Bunny has married Peter's sister Flopsy and they have a whole little nest of bunnies of their very own.  They do not have much to eat as there are so many mouths to feed and so sometimes they take a walk down to Mr. McGregor's garden dump and search for food.  One day they find a whole barrel of lettuces (which apparently have a soporific effect on bunnies), and after eating the lettuces they fall fast asleep.  Who should come upon them while they dream but Mr. McGregor?  Don't worry, with the help of Mrs. Thomasina Tittlemouse and Benjamin Bunny himself, the bunnies won't get into too much trouble.
My Favorite Bit: Oh, there are so many! This book is full of just lovely little bunny illustrations.  I can't go and name each page as the best, but I really have a soft spot for page 29 where the little bunny ears are sticking out of the grass.  I also have a longing to hold a baby bunny just as Mr. McGregor does on the next page, though perhaps I wouldn't be putting 'one, two, three, four, five, siix leetle rabbits' into a sack.
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This story is a delight for all ages.  I want to read it again just writing this sentence.  Each page contains so much of what little bunnies are, and it is a joy to turn to the next illustration and see what they're up to.  I would forgive you for the faux pas of buying this one first as you amass this collection.  It is simply perfect.

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