The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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by Beatrix Potter

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Mr. McGregor has two things on his mind when he sees Peter in his garden. One is the safety of his lettuces; the other is rabbit pie. Peter was carefully told not to go into Mr. McGregor's garden, but some little bunnies have to learn things the hard way.
Beatrix Potter's classic story has been lovingly placed at the center of this creative effort, and David…  See more details below


Mr. McGregor has two things on his mind when he sees Peter in his garden. One is the safety of his lettuces; the other is rabbit pie. Peter was carefully told not to go into Mr. McGregor's garden, but some little bunnies have to learn things the hard way.
Beatrix Potter's classic story has been lovingly placed at the center of this creative effort, and David Jorgensen has given Peter and his family wonderfully droll and expressive character and charm in his illustrations. On the accompanying audiocaasette, Meryl Streep explores all of the drame, humor, and subtlety of the narrative, and none of its potential to entertain and teach has been left untapped. Musician/composer Lyle Mays has coordinated and augmented the work of both illustrator and narrator with a score that unifies and enlivens the whole enterprise. The combined artistry of the contributors results in a new and enriching experience that will be loved by all. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was awarded a Grammy nomination for best recording for children in 1988.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
According to some modern dictates, this story would not be well received by young readers; the language alone would render it inappropriate. After all, what four-year-old could possibly understand sparrows that "implored [Peter] to exert himself?" Fortunately, children rarely read literacy theory and so for generations have continued to enjoy this lively tale of naughtiness. This edition is delightful for its rich illustrations. Each page is saturated with color. The illustrator's use of watercolor, colored pen and pen and ink bring Beatrix Potter's English countryside to life. Alert readers will pick out the veins in the ivy leaves climbing Mr. McGregor's sundial and the individual hairs on the cat with the tail that "twitched as if it were alive." A bonus is the text's typeface. It is pleasing to the eye and easy to read, a plus for every parent, teacher or child reading this story time and again. 2001, SeaStar Books/North-South Books, $15.95 and $15.88. Ages All. Reviewer: Stephanie Farrow
School Library Journal
PreS - Gr 3 These full texts of three favorites ( Jeremy Fisher and The Tailor of Gloucester as well as the title Tale), with spacious format, attractive design and commonplace contemporary pictures would be acceptable except in comparison with the originals. In her tiny, still charming watercolors Beatrix Potter was meticulous in the acccuracy of natural details which combined to give a perfect sense of real places. Delacre dedicates this volume to Potter as ``an example and an inspiration,'' but the overall effect is bland, and there is a sloppy lack of attention to accuracy: a three-toed cat, a stuffed animal rabbit in which an arm seems to grow out of the side of its head, underwater bubbles traveling down and then up. Of course an artist may reillustrate a classic, but a formidable original demands a formidable reinterpretation. Potter's beautiful, impeccable illustrations are a perfect match for her finely honed prose. Our children deserve no less. Joanna Rudge Long, formerly at New York Public Library
Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
The original illustrations in this sturdy board book were copyrighted by McPhail in 1986. Here they enhance Potter’s ever-popular story of an adventurous little rabbit that needed to heed his mother’s admonition not to go to Mr. McGregor’s garden. Clad in his blue jacket and little red shoes, the naughty Peter “ran straight away” to the forbidden garden plot. He ate lots of things and “feeling rather sick” went off to look for some parsley. Of course, he encounters the farmer and must flee for his life. After some hair-raising escape scenes, he manages to slip back out under the gate and run home. His mother doses him with chamomile tea and tucks him into bed, poor exhausted rabbit that he is. Mrs. Rabbit and her daughters enjoy “bread and milk and blackberries for supper.” Of course, Potter’s own illustrations are a charming compliment for her story; but McPhail expands the details available to the reader with his interpretations of various parts of the story. The view of the interior of the rabbit family’s abode “underneath the root of a very big fir tree” gives a clear picture of the tidy home Mrs. Rabbit has created for her children: Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. The storyline as written is a bit long for today’s listeners, but their attention spans can be stretched as they have plenty to look at in this colorful version of a classic tale. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan; Ages 2 to 4.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Peter Rabbit Series
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Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were - Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir-tree.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 198 reviews.
JLDaycare More than 1 year ago
I loved this when I was a little girl and my mother would read it to me while I sat on her lap. My daughter loves it now when I read it to her. This is truly one of the timeless classics.
alp81 More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book as a little girl and now I read it to my little girl. While reading this book usually results in my daughter rambling on for hours at a time, days on end, about her concern for little Peter Rabit it's clear that she loves this story and she regularly asks for me to reread it. The pictures are beautiful and the story has a good, if somewhat stong, lesson in it. It is a true children's classic and always will be.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
This is so cute, but the very the last sentence is missing. Ok more like part of the last sentence. I still like it, but glad I only paid 99cents for it. Save your money tho, if it's messed up it's not worth a penny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Peter Rabbit and so do my kids. The narrator is not boring and the flow of the book is good.
Kendra Trachta More than 1 year ago
unlike many versions, this ebook has b. potter's original illustration. definitely worth 99 cents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book my entire life and i am looking forward to shareing this beloved tale of a mibehaveing rabbit who teaches yoyng boys and girls a valuable lesson on listening to your elders( parents) and good will come or in peters case he won't get killed by an angry farmer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish Id seen the poorly formatted post. When I opened this on my nook color the last two or three words were cut off on the right side. Cant even read the book.
SugarMama More than 1 year ago
I bought this for a baby shower. We were requested to bring a book instead of a card. This is a book my mother read to me. I read to my daughter. And hopefully, mothers will read to their children for generations to come. My daughter, now age 32, still has here complete "Tales of Beatrix Potter" collection, including the Frederic Ashton ballet on DVD. I have purchased Beatrix Potter books for other children over the years. I think the stories are timeless and the art is absolutely beautiful and understated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I happened to turn on cable tv and saw this title miss potter. I was curious and decided to watch the movie. Much to my suprise, i watching the story of an author who was a part of my childhood. I never paid attention to the author of the book 'peter rabbit'. I was so touched by the fact that this was a book i used to love to read growing up as a child. Of course it brought back many sweet memories and a time in life that many people have seperated from. I have decided to purchase all of her books for myself because i always enjoyed the pictures in the book. I would like to say that i am now 58 years old and i am so happy to see these books are still available. I feel that all the old books bring people back to there real selves again when there was peace around your mind. Thanks for being there. Bessie wilson, philadelphia, pa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you dont mind the text being poorly formatted then it is a nice tale. However, I feel that this book was not edited properly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is the sweet little classic we all know and love, BUT, the formatting is not at all as advertised. I expected that the artwork would be juxtaposed with the associated text, but there were quite a few pages of mainly whitespace with a few sentences - obviously the second page of the original two-page book version layout, with nothing special done with the formatting. I wouldn't have made the purchase had I known that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book i love the pictures
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nacy876 More than 1 year ago
Very cute book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Peter Rabbit as a child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm in the 4th grade, and I did a skit of this. This book is about a rabbit named Peter. Peter disobeys his mother while telling him not to go to Mr. Mcgregor's garden because his father was put in a pie. But, he still went and was trapped in their. He eats a lot of veggies, but gets sick, so he gets some parsley. Then he spots Mr. McGregor planting. He runs away but gets caught and sparrows come and tell him that he isn't trying hard enough to get out of the net and escapes but leaves his jacket behind. I think that this is a really great book. I hope young readers like me would read this.
Gaillouise More than 1 year ago
My 18 month old granddaughter loves listening to this story on my Nook and I love it for it reminds me of how much I love the Beatrix Potter stories! Great pictures!
heidi_mein721 More than 1 year ago
We have this book as a hard copy but when I saw it for the NOOK I "scooped" it up! My daughter loves the story and she gets a kick out of reading on mommy's "computer".
dmabee More than 1 year ago
I grew up on Beatrix Potter, I raised my children on her and now my grandchildren will have them to read.
rrgilb More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the story of Peter Rabbit. Now my kids get to love it as much as I do! At night I get so busy with putting down kids that I can give my Nook to my 5 year old and she gets to hear Peter Rabbit via read to me. Love my new nook, but better yet love the classic tale of Peter Rabbit being told on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book for the kids. Viewing on the nook tablet for a 5yr old. Highly recommend!
kathy2914 More than 1 year ago
Outstanding childhood favorite is available with Nook Kids Read to Me!! My grandchildren ages 6 and 5 love being able to read a book by themselves with the Read to Me feature! The story of Peter Rabbit was as enjoyable to them now as it was to me when I was a child. They have read it over & over! I highly recommend this book!
ewst0844 More than 1 year ago
Boys 2 and 4 loved it this summer on a rainy day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids enjoyed the tale and loved the illustrations. Happy I found this classic I grew up with on my Nookcolor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was about a little rabbit named Peter. He loved to be adventurous. One day Peter was playing, and he went into a garden and a man chased him out. The man tried to kill him, but you will need to read the book to find out if he gets killed.