The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

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To celebrate Peter's birthday, Frederick Warne is publishing new editions of all 23 of Potter's original tales, which take the very first printings of Potter's works as their guide. The aim of these editions is to be as close as possible to Beatrix Potter's intentions while benefiting from modern printing and design techniques.

The colors and details of the watercolors in the volumes are reproduced more accurately than ever before, and it has ...
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Overview

To celebrate Peter's birthday, Frederick Warne is publishing new editions of all 23 of Potter's original tales, which take the very first printings of Potter's works as their guide. The aim of these editions is to be as close as possible to Beatrix Potter's intentions while benefiting from modern printing and design techniques.

The colors and details of the watercolors in the volumes are reproduced more accurately than ever before, and it has now been possible to disguise damage that has affected the artwork over the years. Most notably, The Tale of Peter Rabbit restores six of Potter's original illustrations. Four were sacrificed in 1903 to make space for illustrated endpapers, and two have never been used before.

Of course, Beatrix Potter created many memorable children's characters, including Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddle-duck and Jeremy Fisher. But whatever the tale, both children and adults alike can be delighted by the artistry in Potter's illustrations, while they also enjoy a very good read. Because they have always been completely true to a child's experience, Potter's 23 books continue to endure.

Squirrel Nutkin would rather ask an old owl riddles than gather nuts with the other squirrels.

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PreS-Gr 1—The classic stories have been newly illustrated in a larger format. Rasmussen's illustrations emulate the delicacy and intricacy of the animal world that Beatrix Potter originated while at the same time reflecting certain human characteristics through the subtleties of facial expression. The texts are in an accessible large font against a white background bordered by a thin pale green border. Pictures are both interspersed within the text and also full page on the same pale green background. Still, Potter's work in the original Warne publications remains the standard for these stories. Biographical information about Potter and her legacy is appended.—Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486246192
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/1984
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.99 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit which celebrated the British landscape and country life.

Born into a privileged Unitarian family, Potter, along with her younger brother, Walter Bertram (1872–1918), grew up with few friends outside her large extended family. Her parents were artistic, interested in nature and enjoyed the countryside. As children, Beatrix and Bertram had numerous small animals as pets which they observed closely and drew endlessly. Summer holidays were spent in Scotland and in the English Lake District where Beatrix developed a love of the natural world which was the subject of her painting from an early age.

She was educated by private governesses until she was eighteen. Her study of languages, literature, science and history was broad and she was an eager student. Her artistic talents were recognized early. Although she was provided with private art lessons, Potter preferred to develop her own style, particularly favoring watercolor. Along with her drawings of her animals, real and imagined, she illustrated insects, fossils, archeological artefacts, and fungi. In the 1890s her mycological illustrations and research on the reproduction of fungi spores generated interest from the scientific establishment. Following some success illustrating cards and booklets, Potter wrote and illustrated The Tale of Peter Rabbit publishing it first privately in 1901, and a year later as a small, three-color illustrated book with Frederick Warne & Co. She became unofficially engaged to her editor Norman Warne in 1905 despite the disapproval of her parents, but he died suddenly a month later, of leukemia.

With the proceeds from the books and a legacy from an aunt, Potter bought Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey, a tiny village in the English Lake District near Ambleside in 1905. Over the next several decades, she purchased additional farms to preserve the unique hill country landscape.
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This is the tale about a tail - a tail that belonged to a little red squirrel, and his name was Nutkin.

He had a brother called Twinkleberry, and a great many cousins; they lived in a wood at the edge of a lake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

    WOW

    This is the best childrens book ever, I read it my whole childhood and plan to read it to my children.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2002

    AWESOME BOOK

    This was a great book...we bought this book for our kids and they can't go to bed without making us read this book to them. The book was read soo much that we had to buy a new one. Everyone should buy this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Evilclan

    Stay out or be killed

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Fhhfyhgh

    I totally agree with #7

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Where are the pictures!

    Very dissapointed that it wasn't illustrated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Yes! We loved it.

    Yes! We loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    My 2 Years old grandaughter loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Sounds interesting

    Its an archive,whatever that is, it was scanned in from a book. It has a squirell on the cover so i guess its good

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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