A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find 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."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are old-fashioned values here. Children are smacked and switched, and boys are rambunctious.
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 Although some of the language is outdated, the stories are classic.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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