The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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Level Two

Follow the story of naughty Peter Rabbit as he squeezes under the gate into Mr. McGregor's garden and finds himself in all kinds of trouble! Beatrix Potter's original artwork and text have been adapted for this easy-to-read version of the classic tale.

Peter disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor's garden and almost gets caught.

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Overview

Level Two

Follow the story of naughty Peter Rabbit as he squeezes under the gate into Mr. McGregor's garden and finds himself in all kinds of trouble! Beatrix Potter's original artwork and text have been adapted for this easy-to-read version of the classic tale.

Peter disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor's garden and almost gets caught.

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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
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Over the years, Hague has re-illustrated many texts that were in the public domain. A number of his books have given new life to overlooked work and have been widely appreciated. His reinterpretation of the work of Potter, however, is egregiously unnecessary. Potter wanted her books to be small enough for little hands to hold. Hague's book is almost twice as large. Potter's book has softly colored spot illustrations, honing in beautifully on the drama or emotions of the facing pages of text. Hague's art is overblown with extraneous details that threaten to overwhelm the plot. His rabbits with enormous eyes are reminiscent of those kitschy, large-eyed waifs popularized by the Keans in the 1960s. If Potter's books were out of print, or in danger of becoming so, one might be more receptive to Hague's version, but they are readily available and hard, if not impossible, to improve upon. Why try?-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780723268154
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/19/2012
  • Series: Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 200,676
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (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, Beatrix preferred to develop her own style, particularly favoring watercolour. Along with her drawings of her animals, real and imagined, Potter illustrated insects, fossils, archeological artifacts, 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
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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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