Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales

Book review by
Jennifer Gennari, Common Sense Media
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All of Beatrix Potter in one book, pre-K and K.

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Kids say

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Violence & Scariness

Animals are eaten; children are smacked and hit with a switch. Various kittens and bunnies are captured to be eaten (though they always escape). Mr. Tod's house has "rabbit bones and skulls, chicken legs, and other horrors."


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are old-fashioned values here. Children are smacked and switched, and boys are rambunctious.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySusan Marlowe CPA July 11, 2011

Victoriana at its best

I am a huge Beatrix Potter fan and this book is really an essential element on a child's bookshelf. I should note that the risk of being eaten is a popular... Continue reading
Adult Written byfr0stedshad0w April 9, 2008
Kid, 9 years old May 10, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written byemkat97 April 11, 2011

What's the story?

The tales of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr. Tod, and Pigling Bland are included in this complete volume. This deluxe edition also includes four previously unpublished works.

The unabridged tales are presented chronologically as Potter published them, with information about the inspiration behind the stories and the art.

Is it any good?

Beatrix Potter's art is reproduced in fine detail with brilliant color. Potter enthusiasts will love the biographical information, and the favorite characters are included along with some not so familiar. However, heavy format and awkward size make this volume more an art collector's item than a book easily held for a bedtime read. Although some of the language is outdated, the stories are classic.

The illustrations are beautifully reproduced, showing Potter's skill in detail, humor, and expressiveness. Yet some children may not have the patience for the length of the stories and the obscure vocabulary. The language may be too foreign for young listeners, but it enhances older children's vocabulary. Potter's imaginative tales are full of explicit admonishments and morals.

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  • Families can talk about the morals of the stories. What is the author trying to say? Do you agree?

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