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The Complete Tales

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  46,628 ratings  ·  276 reviews
This complete and unabridged collection contains all 23 of Beatrix Potter's Tales in one deluxe volume with all their original illustrations. The stories are arranged in the order in which they were first published so they may be read in their proper sequence. A special section at the end of this volume contains four additional works by Beatrix Potter that were not publish ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Warne (first published June 1986)
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Jason Koivu
Don't let this innocent looking book fool you! It's all death and despair right from the get-go when a mother bunny relates with such nonchalant callousness the death of their father to four impressionable young rabbits. One suspects she wasn't all that sad to see the old man go. Perhaps he was beating her.

Love the fantastic illustrations! Sure they border on Kinkadian quaintness and might be too cute for their own good, but without them most of these stories quite frankly never would've been r
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David Spencer
I can't find on Goodreads what I actually had as a kid, but it was a boxed set with all 23 tales as little individual books, pocket-sized. My mom might still have it somewhere in her house for all I know, but the reason that her collection is so precious to me, and the reason I'll give it 5 stars without even thinking about it is because it's what turned me on to reading. I began to learn to read when I was 2, and it was using little floaty bath books with shapes and colours and the names of the ...more
Rikke
I did not read these gorgeous tales when I was a child. I have no nostalgia for Peter Rabbit and his friends. But oh, how I wish I had! How I wish I had read about the wonderful rabbit in his lovely blue jacket with shiny golden buttons and his tiny pair of shoes. How I wish I had lost myself in Beatrix Potter's wonderful, pastel-coloured water-paintings and gasped of the wickedness and cunning of Tommy Brock, and sighed with delight with each happy ending, each last word wrapping up the story i ...more
Emma Long
Beatrix Potter's Complete Tales holds a very dear place in my heart. This collection has never lost its popularity. Beatrix Potter's first story in 1902, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" was published in a small edition by Frederick Warne, within a year it was an instant best seller. To this day the appeal of the tales is just as strong.

The animals seem to almost take on human personalities. In fact, these magical stories are often connected with real people, places or animals. Stories that involve an
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Chris
I finally got around to reading Beatrix Potter.

I love Beatrix Potter. Just a children's author, not bloody likely. What doesn't she cover? Class, environment, animal rights, economic theory.

And those pictures.


There are three levels to Potter - (1) children (2) adult (3) artist.

Wayne
Jan 30, 2014 Wayne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone - Accountants perhaps not!!!
Recommended to Wayne by: Beatrix's illustrations.
Shelves: children-s-books
PRELUDE;
A few weeks ago went to see the film of the Royal Ballet dancing several Tales of Beatrix Potter. The ballet choreographed by Frederick Ashton with music, really delightful, by John Lanchbery was first made into a film some years ago.This recent production was filmed in the actual theatre.
There were only two of us in the movie theatre.I was sitting right at the back and was sorely tempted to get up and dance to my heart's content across the large open area behind the last row of seats. I
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Jess Michaelangelo
The first book I can remember reading was The Tale of Peter Rabbit, so Beatrix Potter is very near and dear to my heart. This collection of her tales is simply wonderful. Between her stunning artwork and her entertaining stories, there is something here for everyone. These would definitely be fun stories to read out loud to children.

In regards to this edition, I really enjoyed how before each tale, there was some background information on the story and what inspired Ms. Potter to write them. I
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Sylvia
Bought in the Beatrix Potter Museum during a trip through the Lake District. These are stories which will be reminded your whole life. Not only this book is a beauty, but a visit to the museum, where all Mrs Potter's figures are life size, is highly recommended. Even as an adult I love to read the story of Jemima Puddleduck, mrs Tiddlemouse and famous Peter Rabbit. The illustrations are fine colored and detailed and done by Mrs Potter herself.
Shawn Thrasher
I listened to the magnificently read Blackstone audio version, and really, I can't recommend it enough. It's like having a British gran read you the stories before a crackling fire while English weather does what English weather does outside, with a cup of chamomile tea.

Tennyson wrote "Nature, red in tooth and claw" and while he wasn't writing about the brutal world of Beatrix Potter, he could have been. Peter Rabbit and friends may be late Victorian yeomen and gentry wearing blue coats and sel
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Childhood favorites and some of Beatrix Potter's lesser known tales, in a fresh 2013 landscape.
Nicola Mansfield
Review written in 2007: I've been reading this aloud to my 7yo for a month or so, reading one story every now and then. The stories are presented here in chronological order as published with 4 unpublished works at the end. The stories are wonderful, darling tales of anthropomorphic animals. Once she married in 1913 she didn't have as much time for her painting and writing and I think it shows as the stories in the first half of the book are much more enjoyable than the latter ones. The stories ...more
Helen
These are kids' books?!?!?! Seriously?!?!
I have no problem with anthropomorphic personifications, talking rabbits etc, but surely if you're making the animals talk you should stay away from making them eat each other! It may be because I was 'reading' the complete series on audiobook, one after the other, but do we have to have one story telling the tale of the mice that 'live' in the dolls house when the kids aren't playing with it and then in the very next story have the dog eating mouse pie?
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Beth Anne
This was a read aloud book to Emma. I think I loved the stories as much as she did! I read most, if not all, of these when I was little, but I had forgotten much of the stories.

Children's stories certainly are not written like this anymore. I love that Beatrix Potter uses brilliant and colorful language. Her characters and descriptions were simple, endearing, and full of life. The illustrations are simple but there is something about them that captures your heart. She was a gifted lady to be sur
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Joanne Valiukas
I adore these little stories which are always so delightfully engaging and fun. I used to make my husband read them to me when I couldn't sleep and my favourite was always The Pie and the Patty Pan. Just like Ribby or Mrs Ribston as she is known in the tale, my husband came home to a chicken pot pie that had just underneath the crust...yes, you guessed it...a patty pan. Me and our children roared with laughter at the delighted shock on his face. Ms Potter and I...we got him good.
Anne
You might think that the big words and adult phrasing in these books would deter a child's interest... not so! Children love stories about animals, and even if they don't understand every word (or -sometimes - even the plot!), they enjoy the rhythm of the language, the pictures and the funny situations. Besides, reading books like this with more advanced vocabulary and sentence structure teaches them how to speak with more advanced vocabulary and more complex sentences.
Claire
REVIEW WIP

Keep in mind that I grew up with Beatrix Potter. I mean seriously, I had the Peter Rabbit plushie, the Peter Rabbit read-along tape, the BBC Peter Rabbit and Friends series on VHS, and most of, if not all of the books. Therefore I'm pretty biased towards these stories. All the same, I've been reading some other reviews by Goodreaders who didn't grow up with Beatrix Potter and only came upon these stories in their adulthood, and they still seem to really enjoy them. That's got to count
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W.B.
Dec 12, 2007 W.B. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I love her art and her writing is very funny. I've been reading a lot of children's lit lately...things like The Brothers Grimm and just weird contemporary children's lit...this is a splendid volume...I hear the Cocteau Twins when I read her books...the places between the sentences sort of turn into Cocteau Twins chiming tunes....usually ones from Treasure...
Karen B
Beatrix Potter remains one of my favourite authors. I discovered her tales when I was about 7 years old and have revisited her stories over and over. I love the illustrations in particular.

Having visited Beatrix Potter's Lake District I have become even more fascinated by her stories. The places in her tales remain largely unchanged even today.
Alyssa
I simply loved Beatrix Potter books as a child. My favorite is "The Roly Poly Pudding". When we were kids, we had the complete volume of Beatrix Potter, little green books. Oh how I wish my mother had saved them for my boys! I did manage to get a similar volume off of Ebay, along with a Saucy doll because "Jim killed Saucy!".
Stacey
Dec 06, 2008 Stacey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with children or those interested in perfecting a British accent...
How do I love this book? Let me count the ways... Children of all ages adore it, the tales of peter rabbit (and friends) are incredibly clever, the illustrations are charming, and perhaps best of all it's fun reading these stories in a faux British accent (I'm actually getting quite good). A perfect little book!
BookNerd
So much amazing for people of all ages! If I could pick a role model, it would be Ms Hellen Beatrix Potter for sure!
Kate
"This deluxe volume brings all Beatrix Potter's twenty-three Peter Rabbit tales and verses together in one book. The texts are complete and unabridged and all the original illustrations, both colour and black and white, are included. The stories are arranged in the order in which they were first published to enable them to be read in the proper sequence for, although each story stands on its own, several are linked together by events and characters. Beatrix Potter's tales were often connected wi ...more
jacky
I can't say that I read all of these as a child, but we did own a lot of these little books by Beatrice Potter and I took others out of the library. I wish I had the little books, because I liked the look and feel of them as a child. These are books that I remember the physical book more than the stories contained in them. I remember thinking that the pictures were cute and loved how the books were small.

This edition is not suited for children. Its so big and bulky that it would be hard for the
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Winna
This was the first book I finished in 2013. I got the handsome volume from Bookdepository's 24 hour deals and was surprised at how beautiful the book is, at such a bargain (USD 20, I saw it being marketed at USD 70 in retail bookstores). The hardcover book has a lavish matte cover, plus a box. It's quite big and heavy, but makes for an excellent coffee table book, or to complete your fairy tale/children's books section at your home's personal library or the nursery.

I've never read anything by Mi
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Laura
When I got this collection out of the library, I thought I would skim it to get a glimpse of the Lake District and to refresh my memory of some of the most enduring of the Tales. Instead, I ended up reading every word of text and notes while minutely examining every illustration. This is not the saccharine fluff I thought I had remembered. We see Potter's paintings and drawings change as her sight fails and her interests change. At the same time, the plots become more complex and recurring chara ...more
Montanamarynotmartha
I listened to the entire set on audio. It was fun to hear it read in a British accent- especially all the little rhymes. This was one of those collections you go back to after you loved it as a child and go, huh? The stories are bizarre! Animals in pants and coats I can accept, but eating each other or animals tacking a collection of rat tails on the barn as a warning to other animals is a bit shocking.One minute your a mouse in a kitchen, next you are about to be mouse pie.
I LOVED Tiggy Winkl
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Iben
So sweet. I saw the cartoons on telly as a child and I fell in love all over again back in 2006 when the film Miss Potter staring Renée Zellweger (best film ever btw)

This particular book edition is gorgeous with a sewn cower and a case to store it in and lots of beautiful details. I do feel the format is too large though; I prefer the original books so small that it was one drawing a page, having more on a page loses the focus a bit and they are each so fantastic they deserve all the attention.

M
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Stranger In Moscow
Direttamente dal set del film "Miss Potter"

"Nella realtà spesso accadono cose che superano qualsiasi cosa si possa inventare, che sono migliore di qualsiasi storia. E nella sua vita ci sono molte cose che io trovo assolutamente stupefacenti, come il fatto che lei sia stata una grande allevatrice di ovini. Ci sono tante cose di lei che superano la mia e la vostra immaginazione. Io l’ho trovata un personaggio storico straordinario. Quando mi è stato presentato questo progetto, mi aspettavo che
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Hannah
Beautiful artwork that has survived the test of time and a text that is both simple and profound---like all really good children's stories, and all really good animal stories, Beatrix Potter's works are loved because they are about people of any age and any station in life. Jemima Puddle-Duck is a personal favorite of mine, but all of them are awesome.
Summer
This was a delightful way to completely explore all of Beatrix Potter's creations. {Especially before we travel to the Lake District and discover the settings for many of the tales!} Her watercolor illustrations are wonderful and detailed- and as that is my favorite media it is fun to look at all her creations. This book also included some of her works that she gave as gifts to those that visited her or were close to her in some way. These never were published. Some of her later works, I felt la ...more
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Helen 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 lan
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