Dear Peter Rabbit (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)


One of the Three Little Pigs is hosting a housewarming, and Peter Rabbit would love to go. But he's in bed with a cold after a narrow escape from Mr. McGregor's garden. Meanwhile, Goldilocks is planning her birthday party and hoping her new friend Baby Bear can come (he's forgiven her for breaking his favorite chair). But with the Big Bad Wolf on the prowl and Little Red Riding Hood heading off to grandmother's house, there's no telling how things may end!

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One of the Three Little Pigs is hosting a housewarming, and Peter Rabbit would love to go. But he's in bed with a cold after a narrow escape from Mr. McGregor's garden. Meanwhile, Goldilocks is planning her birthday party and hoping her new friend Baby Bear can come (he's forgiven her for breaking his favorite chair). But with the Big Bad Wolf on the prowl and Little Red Riding Hood heading off to grandmother's house, there's no telling how things may end!

This lively collection of letters written by famous storybook characters takes us behind the scenes in the land of make-believe.

Presents letters between such fairy tale characters as Goldilocks, Baby Bear, Peter Rabbit, and the Three Pigs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Those familiar with the many tales from Beatrix Potter will find this publication delightful. It is a loosely constructed story involving her most renown characters writing letters to one another. Each page contains one or two small envelopes containing the charming correspondence. While children may delight in opening the attached envelopes, they will require some adult assistance. The notes are very small. Presented in Potter's original form, interpretation of the language of the letters will also be necessary.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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
Ilene Cooper
Ada uses an amusing conceit to add to children's knowledge of the fairy-tale world. The text is a series of letters between such favorites as Peter Rabbit, Goldilocks, and one of the three little pigs, and there's even a hasty note from one big bad wolf to another. The letters loosely constitute a story, but it is the cozy feeling of seeing inside these characters' lives that is the book's real selling point. Tryon's ink-and-watercolor illustrations are a delightful complement to the letters, fresh and filled with the detail that brings a reader back for a second and third look. Especially amusing is the two-page spread featuring the letter from the three little pigs' wolf to Red Riding Hood's wolf, which reads in part: "Perhaps we would do well to change our diet. It is not a pleasant prospect, but it may be in our interests to avoid both young girls and pigs from now on." The picture shows a glum wolf having a replacement tail sewn on after the pigs have chopped off the original and used it for soup.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613016643
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Reading Group Guide

1. Be sure your students are familiar with the original tales that inspired Dear Peter Rabbit and Yours Truly, Goldilocks: The Three Little Pigs, Beatrix Potter's Rabbit stories, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Little Red Riding Hood. Try to share several versions of each story and encourage the children to identify and discuss differences. Do they have a favorite version? Why?

2. What makes a good friend? Discuss the ways that these characters help each other out in times of trouble. Have your students ever helped a friend? Have they ever been helped by one? Encourage them to share their own experiences.

3. Brainstorm about fanciful party guests. Ask your students to name favorite characters -- from these books as well as others -- that they would want to invite to their birthday party.

4. Many of the storybook characters are confused by the term "housewarming." Discuss what it means with your students. What do they think are appropriate gifts for a real life housewarming party?

5. Baby Bear's letter to Goldilocks in Dear Peter Rabbit makes it clear that he forgives her for breaking into his house. Explore what forgiveness means to your students. Have they ever asked to be forgiven for a mistake they made? Have they ever forgiven someone who made a mistake?

Activities and Research

1. Send a letter to a storybook character. Ask your students to pick a favorite character from the books and write him or her a letter about themselves or draw a self-portrait. Encourage each child to be personal and specific.

2. Both of these books slyly demonstrate how each character is linked to another. As a whole-class project, create a simplechart that shows how these characters are connected.

3. Build your own storybook habitats. Ask your students to construct model versions of the hay, stick, and brick houses of the Three Little Pigs, Peter Rabbit's burrow, or even Wolfy's fur-lined den.

4. These storybook characters enjoy such treats as ice cream and cake, but what do real animals usually eat? Research the diet of bears, rabbits, wolves, and pigs.

5. Celebrate reading with your own Hidden Forest party. Each child can come dressed as his or her favorite storybook character. Encourage them to try to stay in character throughout the party.

6. Plan and grow your own vegetable garden. Goldilocks has cabbage, lettuce, and carrots growing in hers. Ask students what would grow best in your class garden.

7. Several of these storybook characters are very good at writing thank you notes. Ask your students to try writing a thank you note -- or drawing a thank you picture -- for a gift they've received recently or a party they have attended.

8. Introduce your class to other books created by this talented team. Alma Flor Ada is the author of such favorites as My Name Is Isabel and The Gold Coin. Leslie Tryon is both an illustrator and a writer. She's the creator of a very popular series about Albert, a hardworking duck.

9. Yours Truly, Goldilocks ends with a hint that the characters will be reunited at another gathering. Where will it be? Who will attend? Will a big bad wolf try to ruin the fun? Brainstorm with your students about the plot of a third adventure.

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