As part of the "We Both Read" series, in which parents are encouraged to share the responsibility of reading with their beginning reader, this combination of books is a definite must have. In the first story, against his mother's wishes, naughty Peter Rabbit ventures into Mr. McGregor's garden and gets the fright of his life several times over when he is almost caught. In the second story, Peter goes back (mostly against his wishes) for more trouble with his equally naughty cousin, Benjamin Bunny. Featuring Beatrix Potter's enchanting original illustrations and the "We Both Read" format, young children will be captivated once again by these timeless tales. This is a Level 1-2 book.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-Adaptations designed to encourage parents and children to read together. In both books, the left page of text is designated for adults to read while the shorter three-to-four lines on the right feature vocabulary for beginning readers. In the Andersen tale, the children's pages have been set to rhyme-most of the time. Sometimes the rhymes are exact, and at other times forced, interrupting the flow of the story. The full-color illustrations, though serviceable, feature huge smiles on the characters' faces and so much activity in each frame that the story gets lost. In Peter Rabbit, the excellent reproductions of Beatrix Potter's original illustrations, which have been enlarged without losing any of their charming detail, make this adaptation work better.-Diane Janoff, Queens Borough Public Library, NY