Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Peter Rabbit: A Winter’s Tale by Beatrix Potter

Potter, Beatrix Peter Rabbit: A Winter’s Tale . Frederick Warne (Penguin), 2009.

Peter and his cousin Benjamin have been warned about the danger posed by mean Mr. Tod, a red fox, but when the two suspect that Tommy Brock has stolen some baby mice, they make it their job to go to the rescue.

The title page says that this story is based on The Tale of Mr. Tod, but the connection is loose at best. This tale actually flows much better than the original and contains more charm. The full-color illustrations are taken from various pages of Potter’s entire body of work, with the addition of snow for a wintery scene. A pop-up snow-flocked tree at the end, with snowflakes collected throughout the tale makes for a pretty holiday decoration. The small parts make this less appropriate for a school, but a perfect addition to a holiday book collection at a home.

PARENTS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library-Teacher.

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