A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
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.
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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 This deluxe edition also includes four previously unpublished works.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 Although some of the language is outdated, the stories are classic.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.