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Vaikka Beatrix Potter kirjoitti ensimmäiset kirjansa yli sata vuotta sitten, tarinoiden lämminhenkinen viisaus, luonnonläheisyys ja inhimilliset eläinhahmot vetoavat yhä lapsiin kaikkialla maailmassa. Tähän kirjaan on koottu kaikki Beatrix Potterin kirjat kuvituksineen, alkuperäisessä ilmestymisjärjestyksessä. Tapaamme kaikki rakastetut eläinsankarit: vilkkaan Petteri Kanii Vaikka Beatrix Potter kirjoitti ensimmäiset kirjansa yli sata vuotta sitten, tarinoiden lämminhenkinen viisaus, luonnonläheisyys ja inhimilliset eläinhahmot vetoavat yhä lapsiin kaikkialla maailmassa. Tähän kirjaan on koottu kaikki Beatrix Potterin kirjat kuvituksineen, alkuperäisessä ilmestymisjärjestyksessä. Tapaamme kaikki rakastetut eläinsankarit: vilkkaan Petteri Kaniinin, herttaisen Rosina Ankkasen, kovia kokevan sammakkoherra Jeremias Rimppakintun, näsäviisaan orava Nokkelan ja monet muut. Jokaista kertomusta edeltää lyhyt johdatus sen syntyvaiheisiin.


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Vaikka Beatrix Potter kirjoitti ensimmäiset kirjansa yli sata vuotta sitten, tarinoiden lämminhenkinen viisaus, luonnonläheisyys ja inhimilliset eläinhahmot vetoavat yhä lapsiin kaikkialla maailmassa. Tähän kirjaan on koottu kaikki Beatrix Potterin kirjat kuvituksineen, alkuperäisessä ilmestymisjärjestyksessä. Tapaamme kaikki rakastetut eläinsankarit: vilkkaan Petteri Kanii Vaikka Beatrix Potter kirjoitti ensimmäiset kirjansa yli sata vuotta sitten, tarinoiden lämminhenkinen viisaus, luonnonläheisyys ja inhimilliset eläinhahmot vetoavat yhä lapsiin kaikkialla maailmassa. Tähän kirjaan on koottu kaikki Beatrix Potterin kirjat kuvituksineen, alkuperäisessä ilmestymisjärjestyksessä. Tapaamme kaikki rakastetut eläinsankarit: vilkkaan Petteri Kaniinin, herttaisen Rosina Ankkasen, kovia kokevan sammakkoherra Jeremias Rimppakintun, näsäviisaan orava Nokkelan ja monet muut. Jokaista kertomusta edeltää lyhyt johdatus sen syntyvaiheisiin.

30 review for Petteri Kaniinin Satumaailma

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    Don't let this innocent looking book fool you! It's all death and despair right from the get-go when a mother bunny relates with such nonchalant callousness the death of their father to four impressionable young rabbits. One suspects she wasn't all that sad to see the old man go. Perhaps he was beating her. Love the fantastic illustrations! Sure they border on Kinkadian quaintness and might be too cute for their own good, but without them most of these stories quite frankly never would've been r Don't let this innocent looking book fool you! It's all death and despair right from the get-go when a mother bunny relates with such nonchalant callousness the death of their father to four impressionable young rabbits. One suspects she wasn't all that sad to see the old man go. Perhaps he was beating her. Love the fantastic illustrations! Sure they border on Kinkadian quaintness and might be too cute for their own good, but without them most of these stories quite frankly never would've been read. Beatrix Potter had a quirky writing style that was adequate most of the time, unexpectedly fun some of the time, and completely useless a time or two. If it weren't for the pictures, at least once or twice the reading would've ground to a "what huh?" halt. If there's an over-arching theme, aside from "FUZZY BUNNIES! SQUEEEEE!!!!!", it would be that of "Thievery in the world of the common man (or mouse)". Many of Potter's stories revolve around thieving, from petty pilfering to wholesale theft on a grand scale such as in "The Tale of the Tailor of Gloucester". The focal story of the collection, and the story everyone thinks of first, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" is about a young thief eluding a vindictive farmer, who (view spoiler)[upon failing to capture the little thief (hide spoiler)] creates an effigy using Peter's clothes in which "to frighten the blackbirds," a thinly veiled nod to the farmer's apparent racist attitude towards minorities. In each story the thief occasionally gets their comeuppance, other times they get away with it, and sometimes they are heralded like a Robin Hood for their acts. It's difficult to decipher Potter's stance, but it is clear the crime weighed heavily upon her mind. NOTE: I decided to write this serious (well, semi-serious) review after realizing my original review lacked much depth and insight. ORIGINAL REVIEW: I love these stories sooooo much!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The classic stories really do stand the test of time. I've read these aloud to my children over and over. Even my 7 year old boy loves them. They love the pictures, and the stories are fun and easy to follow for all ages. I've always loved THE TALE OF TWO BAD MICE best, but my son tells me that THE TALE OF THE FLOPSY BUNNIES is best, because they're so lazy and sleepy they almost get eaten. 2017: I don't think any of the illustrations could be better than the expression on Tom Kitten's face when The classic stories really do stand the test of time. I've read these aloud to my children over and over. Even my 7 year old boy loves them. They love the pictures, and the stories are fun and easy to follow for all ages. I've always loved THE TALE OF TWO BAD MICE best, but my son tells me that THE TALE OF THE FLOPSY BUNNIES is best, because they're so lazy and sleepy they almost get eaten. 2017: I don't think any of the illustrations could be better than the expression on Tom Kitten's face when he puts on his clothes and they're too tight.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wayne

    PRELUDE; A few weeks ago went to see the film of the Royal Ballet dancing several Tales of Beatrix Potter. The ballet choreographed by Frederick; with music, really delightful, by John Lanchbery, was first made into a film some years ago.This recent production was filmed in the actual theatre. There were only two of us in the movie theatre.I was sitting right at the back and was sorely tempted to get up and dance to my heart's content across the large open area behind the last row of seats. I didn PRELUDE; A few weeks ago went to see the film of the Royal Ballet dancing several Tales of Beatrix Potter. The ballet choreographed by Frederick; with music, really delightful, by John Lanchbery, was first made into a film some years ago.This recent production was filmed in the actual theatre. There were only two of us in the movie theatre.I was sitting right at the back and was sorely tempted to get up and dance to my heart's content across the large open area behind the last row of seats. I didn't... but I did cavort round the house when I got home and played the music. I came to Beatrix Potter late, about age 31.(It's never TOO late!!) Took a break from my job in Athens to join my Mum and Step-father in a motoring holiday around the U.K. Was reading BP's biography by Margaret Lane - an excellent one. And so of course when we hit the Lake District we ended up at her wonderful house left exactly as she had left it. Mum photographed me standing in the doorway where BP had her photo taken.(I knew because the photo was in the book!!) Later Mum was to run around the moors on the edge of Haworth crying out "Heathcliff!!Heathcliff!!!"in a much darker literary clime. After which we got caught in a Yorkshire storm and staggered into our hotel dying of laughter, while my step-father gave us fierce disapproving looks which made us laugh all the more.(He WAS an Accountant, and I'm sure had NEVER read a Beatrix Potter!!) So now I am going to read first the several Tales that were recreated for the ballet. And then follow up with ALL the rest. The Music was...perfect, capturing their Essence...mice and ducks and foxes etc. ALL had had their Characters and Movements interpreted with the Ideal Notes, hidden away and NOW teased out into Life !! Ah, blisssssss!!! MUCH LATER: Now aged almost 62, short of a couple of weeks, I have read All the Tales in Chronological Order. And discovered that Beatrix has a Dark Side!!! (Scarey!!!)...not really, since she was a Realist, bit the bullet, had tasted disappointment in career prospects because she was a woman; a self-taught artist, as a girl she had drawn her pet animals ; as a young woman she had copied at the Natural History Museum animals and fossils AND 300 studies of fungi, the latter still regarded as perfect copies, but rejected then as not worthy of the Museum. So she employed HERSELF - turned her skills to writing and illustrating Children's Books !! Six publishers rejected her first book. But finally F.Warne and Co. said "YES!" The VERY FIRST story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit", Mrs Rabbit tells her children where they may and may not go, warning them off Mr.McGregor's garden :"...your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs McGregor."(Ouch!! There goes Junior's slumberful night!) But Beatrix never wrote down to children and her openess won her fans , not failure. Her marriage to the younger Warne brother, Norman, a kindred spirit, was NEVER to take place. He died of pernicious anaemia. It was now she bought herself a farm in the Lake District. The books , ALL illustrated by Beatrix, continued to flow and there was...and still is... a Constant Audience. Often Beatrix's Own Inspirations for her animal characters didn't live to tell their Tale. Mr Jeremy Fisher - dissected. Peter Rabbit - death by chloroform, followed by dissection and drawn for illustrative purposes. Jemima Puddleduck - ditto. And Squirrel Nutkin shot - at Beatty's request for drawing. And Guess Who performed the dissections. (Not a question!) Is it surprising then, given the blood on Beatty's hands, that every Tale has at least one sentence that lets Junior know all is NOT well with the World. Life itself is under threat. Even if its just Ginger, (the cat who shared ownership of the popular village shop with Pickles the terrier, popular because it gave generous credit), who had to ask Pickles to serve their mouse customers because they made his mouth water. ("I cannot bear to see them going out at the door carrying their little parcels," he confessed.) Pickles had to make a similar confession about rats, but being a Realist added:"..but it would never do to eat our own customers; they would leave us and go to Tabitha Twitchet's."(The cat whose shop did NOT give credit.)Being much more of a realist, which one would expect of a cat, Ginger replied gloomily: "On the contrary,they would go nowhere." Ginger"s and Pickle's business finally collapses because of their Customer's Greed (ALL characters from the Tales I am shocked to tell you!!!).Allowed to buy on Credit,they NEVER paid a penny, so poor Ginger and Pickles were forced to eat their own goods...but never laid claw or tooth on their clientele, to THEIR credit !!! (No pun intended, I assure you!)Pickles became a gamekeeper and Ginger went to live on the warren and became stout and comfortable. Would it surprise you to learn that a warren is a place where rabbits abound? Although Miss Potter tells us:"I do not know what occupation he pursues", her drawing shows Ginger laying nasty traps with big metal teeth - on the warren!!!(Miss Potter's illustrations often convey information she does NOT provide in the text!!) AND Miss Tabitha Twitchett put up all her prices and refused to give credit!!!!! After this Tale of 1909 Miss Potter's Tales just get nastier and nastier. They are thrilling and delightful!! I'm sure All those Edwardian era Mums and Dads had no idea what subversiveness and violence was being smuggled into Junior's nursery under innocent covers. By 1912 Miss Potter had declared that she was tired of writing: "goody goody books about nice people." No wonder World War One broke out only a couple of years later. And yet the History Books never mention Miss Potter as a possible Cause. Nor does Feminism. EPILOGUE: Miss Potter knew a lot. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder??? Tom Kitten,victim of the rat, Anna Maria, who tied him up; and her husband, Mr.Samuel Whiskers, who helped her encase him in dough to be cooked and eaten.Poor Tom is rescued just in time. But ever afterwards "he has always been afraid of a rat; he never durst face anything that is bigger than - a mouse!" And I doubt any sensitive reader will either. Except the Insensitive who will no doubt join the Army.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    Ever since I saw Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, I have wanted to read Beatrix Potter's stories. Thankfully, my parents surprised me with a beautiful edition of her Complete Tales. Well, I guzzled it in a mere two days. Yep, this one's a darling collection with gorgeous paintings and sketches by Miss Potter herself. I loved every moment of it and recommend it to anyone who still has a vivid imagination. You'll need one to see hedgehogs, pigs, and rabbits (among other cri Ever since I saw Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, I have wanted to read Beatrix Potter's stories. Thankfully, my parents surprised me with a beautiful edition of her Complete Tales. Well, I guzzled it in a mere two days. Yep, this one's a darling collection with gorgeous paintings and sketches by Miss Potter herself. I loved every moment of it and recommend it to anyone who still has a vivid imagination. You'll need one to see hedgehogs, pigs, and rabbits (among other critter friends) as "a dear person" (or people, as the case may be), as Miss Potter once described Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, her pet hedgehog. I couldn't be more delighted with this charming collection of stories, artwork, and brief histories of each tale and Beatrix Potter's life at the time she wrote them. Fans of Winnie the Pooh and Mary Poppins will love this one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Ok, no, I didn't read the whole book, not even all the ones I didn't know before. After all, they're at Project Gutenberg, so I can read them on my tablet at any time. But I picked this up at the library to have an idea of just how prolific Potter (second cousin's great-aunt of Harry?) was. And I have to admit, the variety of what she created is more than I realized, and the quantity less. I'm finding that I'm enjoying the ones that are not so cutesy bunny more than those that are. The Tale of M Ok, no, I didn't read the whole book, not even all the ones I didn't know before. After all, they're at Project Gutenberg, so I can read them on my tablet at any time. But I picked this up at the library to have an idea of just how prolific Potter (second cousin's great-aunt of Harry?) was. And I have to admit, the variety of what she created is more than I realized, and the quantity less. I'm finding that I'm enjoying the ones that are not so cutesy bunny more than those that are. The Tale of Mr. Tod is killer. I never knew that Mr. Tod is a nickname for a fox, and Tommy Brock is a badger. And when a mother rabbit finds her children missing, we read that she "wrung her ears." Did you know also that Potter bought country lands to preserve it, and "When she died in 1943 she left over 4,000 acres and fifteen farms to the nation."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rikke

    I did not read these gorgeous tales when I was a child. I have no nostalgia for Peter Rabbit and his friends. But oh, how I wish I had! How I wish I had read about the wonderful rabbit in his lovely blue jacket with shiny golden buttons and his tiny pair of shoes. How I wish I had lost myself in Beatrix Potter's wonderful, pastel-coloured water-paintings and gasped of the wickedness and cunning of Tommy Brock, and sighed with delight with each happy ending, each last word wrapping up the story i I did not read these gorgeous tales when I was a child. I have no nostalgia for Peter Rabbit and his friends. But oh, how I wish I had! How I wish I had read about the wonderful rabbit in his lovely blue jacket with shiny golden buttons and his tiny pair of shoes. How I wish I had lost myself in Beatrix Potter's wonderful, pastel-coloured water-paintings and gasped of the wickedness and cunning of Tommy Brock, and sighed with delight with each happy ending, each last word wrapping up the story in a delicate ribbon. But even if I didn't read them as a child and even if I don't possess that cherished sense of nostalgia towards Beatrix Potter's universe of foxes, birds, squirrels and rabbits, I still found these tales to be an absolute delight, adorably simple and perfectly fitting for any child (or any child hiding within an adult). I can easily understand why these tales are so beloved and so dear to so many people. I can't understand why I haven't read them sooner.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I finally got around to reading Beatrix Potter. I love Beatrix Potter. Just a children's author, not bloody likely. What doesn't she cover? Class, environment, animal rights, economic theory. And those pictures. There are three levels to Potter - (1) children (2) adult (3) artist.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Orbi Alter

    Ilustracije su famozne, a price i ne bas (izuzev tri bas predivne). Iznenaduje me njezina beskompromisnost u oslikavanju seoskih prizora s obzirom na njezne ilustracije. (Neki ostanu traumatizirani, netko bez repa, brkova ili mrkve, nekome pojedu djecu, a netko zavrsi u piti). Jedna od prica mi je bas bila jako strasna, sto nisam ocekivala... Ali ovo je ljubav <3 " Sam macak bio je osujecen u ljubavi. Njegov mrzovoljni i mracni svjetonazor djelomicno je bio posljedica razdvojenosti od sove. Ta Ilustracije su famozne, a price i ne bas (izuzev tri bas predivne). Iznenaduje me njezina beskompromisnost u oslikavanju seoskih prizora s obzirom na njezne ilustracije. (Neki ostanu traumatizirani, netko bez repa, brkova ili mrkve, nekome pojedu djecu, a netko zavrsi u piti). Jedna od prica mi je bas bila jako strasna, sto nisam ocekivala... Ali ovo je ljubav <3 " Sam macak bio je osujecen u ljubavi. Njegov mrzovoljni i mracni svjetonazor djelomicno je bio posljedica razdvojenosti od sove. Ta mila ptica, snjezna sova iz Laponije, plovila je na sjevernjackom kitolovcu na Grenland. A "Funta svijeca" plovila je na tropska mora." Nisu li sve ljubavi opreke izmedu zime i ljeta? :D Srecom, macak i sova proveli su medeni mjesec na pustom otoku kod prascica Robinsona :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emma Long

    Beatrix Potter's Complete Tales holds a very dear place in my heart. This collection has never lost its popularity. Beatrix Potter's first story in 1902, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" was published in a small edition by Frederick Warne, within a year it was an instant best seller. To this day the appeal of the tales is just as strong. The animals seem to almost take on human personalities. In fact, these magical stories are often connected with real people, places or animals. Stories that involve an Beatrix Potter's Complete Tales holds a very dear place in my heart. This collection has never lost its popularity. Beatrix Potter's first story in 1902, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" was published in a small edition by Frederick Warne, within a year it was an instant best seller. To this day the appeal of the tales is just as strong. The animals seem to almost take on human personalities. In fact, these magical stories are often connected with real people, places or animals. Stories that involve animals as the main characters in books always seem to fascinate young children and Peter Rabbit has always been up there with the best. The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher can provide the perfect introduction into mini-beasts such as beetles, grasshoppers and worms in KS1 science lessons. The life cycle of a frog can also be explored. Beatrix Potter can also be used in conjunction with History lessons on the Victorians. By studying Beatrix Potter's childhood, children can compare/contrast it with their own world. This can also lead way to discussions as to why Potter wrote simple stories about animals rather than people. Children can then go on to write their own animal themed story. With regards to Art lessons, children can draw a variety of animals and plants, they can then work with watercolour, just as Beatrix Potter did with her own illustrations. These tales are most certainly tailored to a younger audience, most certainly EYFS, yet these tales can and still are enjoyed by older audiences, including myself.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Bought in the Beatrix Potter Museum during a trip through the Lake District. These are stories which will be reminded your whole life. Not only this book is a beauty, but a visit to the museum, where all Mrs Potter's figures are life size, is highly recommended. Even as an adult I love to read the story of Jemima Puddleduck, mrs Tiddlemouse and famous Peter Rabbit. The illustrations are fine colored and detailed and done by Mrs Potter herself.

  11. 5 out of 5

    lauren

    In all honesty, this probably deserves a 3.5 stars but, due to sentimentality and nostalgia, I'm just giving it a 4. Beatrix Potter's stories have been a part of my life for a long time now - I regularly visit the Lakes (a place where Potter lived and bought these stories to life, as well as it thriving off Peter Rabbit merch), these stories were read to me in my childhood, and I've had two pets named after characters (an old rabbit called, you guessed it, Peter and my current dog Tiggi). I was e In all honesty, this probably deserves a 3.5 stars but, due to sentimentality and nostalgia, I'm just giving it a 4. Beatrix Potter's stories have been a part of my life for a long time now - I regularly visit the Lakes (a place where Potter lived and bought these stories to life, as well as it thriving off Peter Rabbit merch), these stories were read to me in my childhood, and I've had two pets named after characters (an old rabbit called, you guessed it, Peter and my current dog Tiggi). I was eager to visit these stories. They don't mean as much to me as they used to do. I'm not a fan of children's literature (you only have to see my shelves to know that) - I tend to get really annoyed at the simple and basic things. I hate the patronising tone of voice, and the simplified language - all reasonable things. I didn't really find this was the case with Potter's work, instead I was just bored with the longer stories (I even stopped reading one of them because it was so uninteresting). I liked the nursery rhymes, and the shorter stories like Peter Rabbit, and Tom Kitten. I didn't like the ones to do with the Pigs, etc. Other than this one disadvantage, these stories were really pleasant to read. I loved being able to revisit certain stories - the ones that have stuck with me for a long time. I will never get bored of re-reading the Peter Rabbit story. They just aren't as fun to read now that I'm older, and that's totally okay. I'm surprised, to be honest, with the rating I've given it now - normally children's literature doesn't even get 3 stars!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    The Kindle edition included audio files which I didn't listen to, although I might try them at some future time. When one thinks of Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit immediately springs (or hops) to mind, but there is so much more. Other stories feature rabbits, mice, cats, dogs, frogs, ducks, pigs, squirrels and other animals. Human beings usually appear only incidentally, and play a major role in only a few stories. The level of the narration varies: some stories seem geared to the very young, and s The Kindle edition included audio files which I didn't listen to, although I might try them at some future time. When one thinks of Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit immediately springs (or hops) to mind, but there is so much more. Other stories feature rabbits, mice, cats, dogs, frogs, ducks, pigs, squirrels and other animals. Human beings usually appear only incidentally, and play a major role in only a few stories. The level of the narration varies: some stories seem geared to the very young, and some to more mature audiences. They often feature animals getting into trouble through their own carelessness, which is a plot element often found in fairy tales. Problems are solved sometimes through ingenuity, sometimes through sheer luck. This edition contains Potter's illustrations, some in black and white, many in colour. I'm glad to say that none of the little animals moved mischievously when no one else was looking.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessika

    The first book I can remember reading was The Tale of Peter Rabbit, so Beatrix Potter is very near and dear to my heart. This collection of her tales is simply wonderful. Between her stunning artwork and her entertaining stories, there is something here for everyone. These would definitely be fun stories to read out loud to children. In regards to this edition, I really enjoyed how before each tale, there was some background information on the story and what inspired Ms. Potter to write them. I The first book I can remember reading was The Tale of Peter Rabbit, so Beatrix Potter is very near and dear to my heart. This collection of her tales is simply wonderful. Between her stunning artwork and her entertaining stories, there is something here for everyone. These would definitely be fun stories to read out loud to children. In regards to this edition, I really enjoyed how before each tale, there was some background information on the story and what inspired Ms. Potter to write them. I never realized before reading this that so many of her tales have interconnected characters and details, which was neat. It was fun to see favorite characters popping up again.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Arlenis Ralfsdóttir

    Reseña completa en Hojas de Otoño 2015 Summer Reading Challenge: #8 Un libro en otro idioma. Por mi parte mis cuentos favoritos son los de Peter Rabbits, Benjamin Bunny, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Timmy Tiptoes, The Tale of Mr. Tod y el que menos me gustó, que realmente no disfruté fue el cuento de Pigling Bland, que casualmente fue el mas largo de todos. En fin, es un buen libro para divertirse y distraerse un rato o para leerle a los pequeños de la casa.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    I'm so glad I took the time to go through this book and become familiar with the work of Beatrix. It is a lovely book of stories and artwork. It is also a collection of fine stories for children and adult with the hearts of children. This is a treasury of stories. It's worth getting from you library.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Isn't Beatrix Potter wonderful, a fine artist and a writer of some of the greatest and memorable childrens stories. Reading through this remarkable book you know it will never go out of fashion. Put your feet up make some muffins and buns, make some tea and enjoy. P.S. anyone who gives this one or two stars is a miserable sod and can expect a visit from Mr Tod the wiley fox!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jassu

    Ihastuttava ja lämminhenkinen! <3

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra: Childhood favorites and some of Beatrix Potter's lesser known tales, in a fresh 2013 landscape.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Natalie (CuriousReader)

    I'm glad I got to revisit these stories as an adult reader. I, as many people, grew up with Beatrix Potter's stories - in particular The tale of Peter Rabbit although I've read a few others too as a child. Some of the stories were quite fun - I especially liked The tailor of Gloucester, The tale of two bad mice, and The tale of the pie and the patty-pan for the writing. Overall, the writing wasn't what drew me in - it's rather straight forward as its aimed at a young reader. But I love Beatrix P I'm glad I got to revisit these stories as an adult reader. I, as many people, grew up with Beatrix Potter's stories - in particular The tale of Peter Rabbit although I've read a few others too as a child. Some of the stories were quite fun - I especially liked The tailor of Gloucester, The tale of two bad mice, and The tale of the pie and the patty-pan for the writing. Overall, the writing wasn't what drew me in - it's rather straight forward as its aimed at a young reader. But I love Beatrix Potter for her art - her illustrations are so beautiful! It's interesting to see how her art style changes over the span of the stories; I prefer the more intricate style of the early years. One of the things I like about her animal characters is that they have a nice blend of actual animal characteristcs and human behavior - rather than being straight-up anthropomorphic.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adam Pluszka

    Bardzo ładne obrazki. Przekład Małgorzaty Musierowicz słodki jak ulepek, wierszyki koślawe, spolszczone imiona infantylne. Przedziwne opowieści. Zwierzęta pichcące zwierzęta i zapraszające inne zwierzęta na kolacyjki. Dziwne relacje między ludźmi a zwierzętami, oparte na szowinizmie gatunkowym i dziwacznym - i jak się chwilę zastanowić: makabrycznym - poczuciu humoru. Albo jego braku, jeśli się zastanowić jeszcze raz. I wszystko w tej książce uświęca ten porządek, który tłucze się do głów dzieci Bardzo ładne obrazki. Przekład Małgorzaty Musierowicz słodki jak ulepek, wierszyki koślawe, spolszczone imiona infantylne. Przedziwne opowieści. Zwierzęta pichcące zwierzęta i zapraszające inne zwierzęta na kolacyjki. Dziwne relacje między ludźmi a zwierzętami, oparte na szowinizmie gatunkowym i dziwacznym - i jak się chwilę zastanowić: makabrycznym - poczuciu humoru. Albo jego braku, jeśli się zastanowić jeszcze raz. I wszystko w tej książce uświęca ten porządek, który tłucze się do głów dzieci i popiera ślicznymi obrazkami, że zwierzęta się zjada, bo tak jest stworzony ten świat.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Review written in 2007: I've been reading this aloud to my 7yo for a month or so, reading one story every now and then. The stories are presented here in chronological order as published with 4 unpublished works at the end. The stories are wonderful, darling tales of anthropomorphic animals. Once she married in 1913 she didn't have as much time for her painting and writing and I think it shows as the stories in the first half of the book are much more enjoyable than the latter ones. The stories Review written in 2007: I've been reading this aloud to my 7yo for a month or so, reading one story every now and then. The stories are presented here in chronological order as published with 4 unpublished works at the end. The stories are wonderful, darling tales of anthropomorphic animals. Once she married in 1913 she didn't have as much time for her painting and writing and I think it shows as the stories in the first half of the book are much more enjoyable than the latter ones. The stories are somewhat didactic but not overly so. They are also much more violent than I would have remembered them to be. Naughty children are spanked frequently and Potter presents as a matter of fact that animals are often killed by hunters, farmers and other animals. The 7yo really enjoyed the stories, especially the ones in which Peter Rabbit or members of his family appeared. Also, while each story stands alone there are references to prior events and characters and this was fun to notice when reading them in order. This edition itself includes a brief biography of Beatrix Potter at the front and prior to each story is a short introductory paragraph detailing connections in the story with Potter's real life. All the original illustrations, including the original front covers illustrations, are included and this is a book that can be browsed through just for the gorgeous watercolours and sketches.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Thrasher

    I listened to the magnificently read Blackstone audio version, and really, I can't recommend it enough. It's like having a British gran read you the stories before a crackling fire while English weather does what English weather does outside, with a cup of chamomile tea. Tennyson wrote "Nature, red in tooth and claw" and while he wasn't writing about the brutal world of Beatrix Potter, he could have been. Peter Rabbit and friends may be late Victorian yeomen and gentry wearing blue coats and sel I listened to the magnificently read Blackstone audio version, and really, I can't recommend it enough. It's like having a British gran read you the stories before a crackling fire while English weather does what English weather does outside, with a cup of chamomile tea. Tennyson wrote "Nature, red in tooth and claw" and while he wasn't writing about the brutal world of Beatrix Potter, he could have been. Peter Rabbit and friends may be late Victorian yeomen and gentry wearing blue coats and selling peppermints in shops, but they also have no absolutely no compunction about eating, skinning and wearing one another. "Would you care for a piece of pie, Duchess?" Ribby asks. "It WAS Mrs. Tittlemouse." Some of them also, horror of horrors, smoke (albeit rabbit tobacco). Some of these stories go absolutely no where, fast ("The Tale of Pigling Bland", for example) and don't really work all that well as stories - but when they do work, they are brilliant little gems; it's no wonder they are still in print, and will continue to be in print, until Peter Rabbit is a folk character the same as his cousin Br'er Rabbit. So long live the stories of Beatrix Potter!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Baylee

    Questo è libro è stato uno dei capisaldi della mia infanzia (e infatti la mia edizione ha un'aria molto letta e vissuta). E, secondo me, è uno dei quei libri che tutti i bambini dovrebbero ascoltare e vedere. Sì, perché il libro è impreziosito - è proprio il caso di dirlo - dalle illustrazioni originali dell'autrice. Piccole opere d'arte dipinte ad acquarello o in bianco e nero, nelle quali un bambino può ammirare conigli in giacchetta azzurra e anatre con cuffia e scialle. Tutto è assolutamente Questo è libro è stato uno dei capisaldi della mia infanzia (e infatti la mia edizione ha un'aria molto letta e vissuta). E, secondo me, è uno dei quei libri che tutti i bambini dovrebbero ascoltare e vedere. Sì, perché il libro è impreziosito - è proprio il caso di dirlo - dalle illustrazioni originali dell'autrice. Piccole opere d'arte dipinte ad acquarello o in bianco e nero, nelle quali un bambino può ammirare conigli in giacchetta azzurra e anatre con cuffia e scialle. Tutto è assolutamente realistico perché Beatrix Potter utilizzava veri conigli, anatre, maiali, etc... come modelli. Viveva e amava la campagna che descriveva e raffigurava nei suoi disegni. Le storie sono di quelle che si ricordano per tutta la vita... Peter Coniglio, la Signora Trovatutto, il Sarto di Gloucester, Nutkin lo Scoiattolo, la Signora Topolina, Timmy Puntappiè... sono quei personaggi che un bambino ama, sogna e disegna come protagonisti delle sue personali avventure. Per i più grandi, ogni storia ha una brevissima introduzione sulle vicende compositive ed editoriali che ne hanno portato alla pubblicazione.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    These are kids' books?!?!?! Seriously?!?! I have no problem with anthropomorphic personifications, talking rabbits etc, but surely if you're making the animals talk you should stay away from making them eat each other! It may be because I was 'reading' the complete series on audiobook, one after the other, but do we have to have one story telling the tale of the mice that 'live' in the dolls house when the kids aren't playing with it and then in the very next story have the dog eating mouse pie? These are kids' books?!?!?! Seriously?!?! I have no problem with anthropomorphic personifications, talking rabbits etc, but surely if you're making the animals talk you should stay away from making them eat each other! It may be because I was 'reading' the complete series on audiobook, one after the other, but do we have to have one story telling the tale of the mice that 'live' in the dolls house when the kids aren't playing with it and then in the very next story have the dog eating mouse pie? Or the cat running the general store refuse to serve the mice because his mouth waters too much?!?! If we're personifying the creatures surely that's canibalism? And yes, I'm aware these are classics and have been around for close to 100 years, this is only my take on it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beth Anne

    This was a read aloud book to Emma. I think I loved the stories as much as she did! I read most, if not all, of these when I was little, but I had forgotten much of the stories. Children's stories certainly are not written like this anymore. I love that Beatrix Potter uses brilliant and colorful language. Her characters and descriptions were simple, endearing, and full of life. The illustrations are simple but there is something about them that captures your heart. She was a gifted lady to be sur This was a read aloud book to Emma. I think I loved the stories as much as she did! I read most, if not all, of these when I was little, but I had forgotten much of the stories. Children's stories certainly are not written like this anymore. I love that Beatrix Potter uses brilliant and colorful language. Her characters and descriptions were simple, endearing, and full of life. The illustrations are simple but there is something about them that captures your heart. She was a gifted lady to be sure.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    You might think that the big words and adult phrasing in these books would deter a child's interest... not so! Children love stories about animals, and even if they don't understand every word (or -sometimes - even the plot!), they enjoy the rhythm of the language, the pictures and the funny situations. Besides, reading books like this with more advanced vocabulary and sentence structure teaches them how to speak with more advanced vocabulary and more complex sentences.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Valiukas

    I adore these little stories which are always so delightfully engaging and fun. I used to make my husband read them to me when I couldn't sleep and my favourite was always The Pie and the Patty Pan. Just like Ribby or Mrs Ribston as she is known in the tale, my husband came home to a chicken pot pie that had just underneath the crust...yes, you guessed it...a patty pan. Me and our children roared with laughter at the delighted shock on his face. Ms Potter and I...we got him good.

  28. 5 out of 5

    W.B.

    I love her art and her writing is very funny. I've been reading a lot of children's lit lately...things like The Brothers Grimm and just weird contemporary children's lit...this is a splendid volume...I hear the Cocteau Twins when I read her books...the places between the sentences sort of turn into Cocteau Twins chiming tunes....usually ones from Treasure...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Clinch

    After reading the little handheld sizes many times, we now listen on Audible narrated by Katherine Kellgren. She has a lovely cadence, esp on The Tale of Mr. Tod! We also like the Tailor of Gloucester narrated by Meryl Streep because the music by the Chieftans makes it extra festive & enhances the Christmas vibe.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen B

    Beatrix Potter remains one of my favourite authors. I discovered her tales when I was about 7 years old and have revisited her stories over and over. I love the illustrations in particular. Having visited Beatrix Potter's Lake District I have become even more fascinated by her stories. The places in her tales remain largely unchanged even today.

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