Alice M. Batzel
Published Playwright, Journalist, Freelance Writer 

               Alice M. Batzel  

        Published  Playwright, Journalist


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REVIEW




TITLE:  THE PETER RABBIT LIBRARY



AUTHOR:            BEATRIX POTTER




GENRE:                     Fiction, children ages 3+.



PUBLISHER:         Frederick Warne & Co.





PUBLISHED DATE:

** First published dates listed as 1902-1922 by Frederick Warne & Co.

** Earliest secondary publication/reproduction dates listed as 2006-2007 by Penguin Group


FORMAT: Hardback, artistically bound, full-color illustrations and black/white drawings, ten books in each of two library-quality gift-boxed sets. a total of twenty individual books


COLLECTION #1 (ISBN 978-0-7232-6461-3)

THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT

THE TALE OF THE FLOPSY BUNNIES

THE TALE OF BENJAMIN BUNNY

THE TALE OF JEMIMA PUDDLE-DUCK

THE TALE OF TOM KITTEN

THE TALE OF MR. JEREMY FISHER

THE TALE OF MRS. TIGGY-WINKLE

THE TALE OF TWO BAD MICE

THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER

THE TALE OF SQUIRREL NUTKIN


COLLECTION #2 (ISBN 978-0-241-30033-6)

THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT

THE TALE OF THE FLOPSY BUNNIES

THE TALE OF BENJAMIN BUNNY

THE TALE OF JEMIMA PUDDLE-DUCK

THE TALE OF TOM KITTEN

THE TALE OF MR. JEREMY FISHER

THE TALE OF MRS. TIGGY-WINKLE

THE TALE OF TWO BAD MICE

THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER

THE TALE OF SQUIRREL NUTKIN



RETAIL SOURCE:     THE VERMONT COUNTRY STORE

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and

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MY REVIEW:      5 STARS OUT OF 5



REVIEW TITLE:   

   

"A TIMELESS TREASURE AND MASTERPIECE OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE."




REVIEW CONTENT:

        Each of these two library-quality gift-boxed sets contains ten of the original authorized editions of stories with illustrations by beloved children's book author/illustrator Beatrix Potter. A total of twenty storybooks are artistically presented and easy to read. The stories are timeless classics and will delight readers of all ages.


        As I read each of the twenty books, I felt engaged and entertained. The little creatures are lifelike and have distinct personalities. It's evident that Beatrix Potter was a lover of animals in their natural habitat whether in the outdoors or within her home. She artfully incorporates her careful study of these little creatures in the portrayal of their appearance, behavior, personality, and temperament. The illustrations are drawn simply, painted softly, and artistically elegant. With artful whimsy, the author/illustrator portrays the creatures as people, clothed, speaking human language, facing trials and challenges, and capable of showing love, envy, dislike, disappointment, strong family attachment, and a myriad of other human emotions.


        Beatrix Potter uses many creatures to tell her tales: cats, kittens, field-mice, town-mice, rats, dogs, bunnies, and grown rabbits. For additional variety, she adds the salamander, geese, duck, fox, tortoise, toad, frog, hen, chicks, pigs, hedgehog, squirrel, owl, and badger. Pond fishes, trout, stickleback, minnows, robin, blackbirds, wren, starlings, grasshopper, butterflies, water beetles and ground beetles also share a spotlight in the tales. She also includes a portrayal of hunters, gardeners, farmers, grocer, tailor, and farm children. Not to be missed is a dollhouse with dolls and miniature furnishings that are perfectly fit for mice to find mischief.


        Beatrix Potter teaches universal life-lessons and morals through her skillful use of ingenuity and subtleness. For example:

1) THE TALE OF JOHNNY TOWN-MOUSE confirms "there's no place like home."

2) THE TALE OF MRS. TITTLEMOUSE shows that a meticulously clean and organized home is best, yet, one can still be hospitable.

3) THE TALE OF SAMUEL WHISKERS or THE ROLY-POLY PUDDING shows that no good ever comes of mischief, and it often brings danger or an unpleasant fate.

4) THE TALE OF THE PIE AND THE PATTY-PAN shows that honesty is the best policy. Otherwise, what you reap might be wholly undesirable.

5) THE TALE OF MR. TOD is quite suspenseful and shows a bit of the dark nature of some creatures/individuals, and to beware of such.

6) THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT, THE TALE OF BENJAMIN BUNNY, and THE TALE OF THE FLOPSY BUNNIES are especially delightful to read. The adventures of these little bunnies and their relatives show love and concern for family members, the value of close family ties, the importance of minding your parents, and love of extended family relatives.

7) THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER strikes a note of more maturity than the other stories, its volume of content is more extended, and the combination of these two features creates a rich story. Nevertheless, the use of the little mice to facilitate the story remains true to Beatrix Potter's distinctive literary trademark. It's a sweet Christmas story and shows how selfless service has its rewards for both the giver and receiver.


        I was, however, surprised to see elements of danger, dishonesty and deception, childhood reprimand and discipline, and even tragic death incorporated into some of the tales. Beatrix Potter tells of these issues in a way that child and parent can continue the discussion, and she does it admirably. Each book is a noteworthy accomplishment deserving of high praise, and each gift-boxed set is beautifully crafted. Her work is simplistic genius both in storytelling and visual artistry. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the twenty books and purchased duplicates for my grandchildren.


CONCLUSION:

        I HIGHLY RECOMMEND each of the twenty storybooks as well as both of the ten-story collections. These would be an excellent gift for a young reader as well as readers of all ages who appreciate classic children's literature. The fact that these two library-quality gift-box sets contain authorized reproductions of the original editions of the stories and illustrations by Beatrix Potter makes this a genuine treasure.



Reviewed by:


ALICE M. BATZEL

Published Playwright, Journalist, Freelance Writer

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Writer@alicembatzel.com

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Review posted 10/09/2017 on:

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Review posted 10/09/2017 on:

The Vermont Country Store (retail product links)

https://www.vermontcountrystore.com/peter-rabbit-book-collection-1/product/68166

and

https://www.vermontcountrystore.com/peter-rabbit-book-collection-2/product/74908



NOTE:

Review not posted on other electronic marketing sites because of their variance in ISBN numbers and packaging. I chose to confine my review to the specific ISBN numbers of each of the two library-quality gift-box sets which I purchased/read so that I could best represent the authorized authenticity of the published works of the author/illustrator.