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Book Title: The Tales of Peter Rabbit|
The size of the: 9.75 MB
Edition: Running Press
Date of issue: January 31st 2006
The author of the book: Beatrix Potter
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780762426942
Read full description of the books The Tales of Peter Rabbit:Well now I can say I'm a little familiar with the stories of Beatrix Potter. Found this volume in a Little Free Library in Multnomah Village. Overall it is good that it was a quick read, because I wasn't spellbound by the stories for the most part. However, it was nice to see Potter's Lake District home show up occasionally in some of the landscape illustrations. Some of her terms were foreign to me, so I wonder how many of them were Potter-isms, how many were English-isms, and how many may have been dated English-isms. For example, what exactly is a Puddle-duck? Did everyone call pinafores a "pinny?" I went a-Googling for "patty-pan" since I was familiar with the squash, and it seems like that's just not a term we use anymore.
My favorite part of the entire 137 page book was (of course) when a farm collie made an appearance. Although the illustration looked more like an actual collie than a farm collie (which historically could include breeds such as border collies and Australian shepherds), one sentence suggested the dog had at least a little Aussie in its disposition:
"The collie listened, with his wise head on one side; he grinned when she described the polite gentleman with sandy whiskers."
Anyone who has had an Aussie knows this is one of their most unique moves:
At any rate, I'm taking this to a Little Free Library in my neighborhood where it is sure to be a big score for someone!
Read information about the authorHelen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist who was best known for her children's books, which featured animal characters such as Peter Rabbit.
Born into a privileged household, Potter was educated by governesses, and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and through holidays in Scotland and the Lake District developed a love of landscape, flora and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted. As a young woman her parents discouraged intellectual development, but her study and paintings of fungi led her to be widely respected in the field of mycology. In her thirties Potter published the highly successful children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and became secretly engaged to her publisher, Norman Warne, causing a breach with her parents, who disapproved of his social status. Warne died before the wedding could take place.
Potter eventually published 23 children's books, and having become financially independent of her parents, was able to buy a farm in the Lake District, which she extended with other purchases over time. In her forties she married a local solicitor, William Heelis. She became a sheep breeder and farmer while continuing to write and illustrate children's books. Potter died in 1943, and left almost all of her property to The National Trust in order to preserve the beauty of the Lake District as she had known it, protecting it from developers.
Potter's books continue to sell well throughout the world, in multiple languages. Her stories have been retold in various formats, including a ballet, films and in animation.
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