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400 pages, Hardcover
First published January 1, 1986
Beatrix Potter has written so many quintessential children's stories that even now, at 26 years old, I am overwhelmed with nostaglia and delight every time I pick this book up.
Unfortunately, I could not say the feeling was shared with my reading partner.
Seriously, Squamish (my dog) was such a brat as I tried to read this one.
He's lucky that he's so cute!
"Your Father had an accident there, he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregorWhewww ... Beatrix Potter certainly didn't pull any punches. In this classic tale, Peter Rabbit (the naughty child) steals int Mr. McGregor's garden and filches all sorts of vegetables. Personally, if my husband was put into a pie, I would move out of their neighborhood...but it was a different time.
This is a tale about a tail - a tail that belonged to a little red squirrel, and his name was Nutkin.The red squirrels visit an old, wise owl and Nutkin decides to act out and torment the poor owl. He's going to learn one very valuable lesson.
But although he sewed fine silk for his neighbours, he himself was very, very poor...An old tailor is about to lose everything...but the mice family may have a thing or two to do about it.
...little Benjamin Bunny slid down into the road, and set off - with a hop, skip and a jump...Benjamin Bunny discovers the trouble his cousin (Peter Rabbit) got into. So the two of them devise a sneaky plan...
Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca went upstairs and peeped into the dining-room. Then they squeaked with joy!The nearby mice decide to check out the dollhouse. They cause quite a bit of mischief but decide to make things right in their own way.
She was a good little girl - only she was always losing her pocket-handkerchiefs!One lost handkerchief leads young Lucie on a whirlwind adventure and finds a pocket-handkin...which is the same??
Once upon a time there was a Pussy-cat called Ribby, who invited a little dog called Duchess, to tea.Not many people would see the two of them as fast friends - but they are...however their diets may be an issue. Soon Duchess will have a scare of a lifetime.
...he lived in a little damp house amongst the buttercups at the edge of a pond.Mr. Jeremy Fisher is a saucy fella with an empty belly. There's a problem that arises when the food could hunt you!
The bad Rabbit would like some carrot.For those who think that Peter Rabbit was too sweet - here is truly a bad bunny!
He Doesn't say "Please."
He takes it!
This is the Mouse peeping out behind the cupboard, and making fun of Miss Moppet. He is not afraid of a kitten.A mischievous mouse and a curious kitten have a battle of wits - who will win?
"Now keep your frocks clean, children! You must walk on your hind legs."Tom Kitten is quite possibly the sassiest kitten. When his mother's friends come to tea...well...let's just say he has a few plans of his own.
She tried to hide her eggs; bit they were always found and carried off.Jemima Puddle-Duck wants only to raise her eggs away from the meddling influence of the humans. A "kind" fox helps her out - only she needs to learn how to be a bit judicious with her trust.
Oh, dear me, Cousin Ribby - now Moppet and Mittens are gone!Troublesome kittens, mischief being managed, and a couple of mean rats making trouble - what else could possibly go wrong!?
They had a large family, and they were very improvident and cheerful.Eating food, going on adventures and teasing Mr. McGregor - this family has it all.
They did accounts. They added up sums and sums, and sums.Ginger and Pickles run a convenience store - only running a store ends up being far more difficult than they imaged.
Mrs. Tittlemouse was a most terribly tidy particular little mouse, always sweeping and dusting the soft sandy floors.A little fussy mouse must deal with a greedy, messy frog.
While Timmy was confined to bed, it 'ticed him him to eat quantities...A fat squirrel and a thin chipmunk have quite a fun adventure.
Nobody could call Mr. Tod "nice."A family of young rabbits go missing and all signs point to Mr. Tod. Will they be saved in time? Or will Mr. Tod get his way?
He glanced wistfully along the road towards the hills, and then set off walking obediently the other way.Eight piglets means many mouths to feed. Their poor mother is at her wits end when Pigling Bland decides to go on an adventure.
Appley Dapply has little sharp eyes,A series of fun nursery rhymes with all sorts of cool and fun critters!
And Appley Dapply is so fond of pies.
Timmy Willie, who had lived all his life in a garden, was almost frightened to death.Based on Aesop's fable about the town and country mouse, Beatrix still manages to inject new life in this familiar tale.
Goosey, Goosey, Gander,Several tried-and-true nursery rhymes are re-imagined a la Beatrix Potter. Absolutely delightful!
Whither will you wander?
Upstairs and downstairs,
And in my lady's chamber!
"Well, good day, little pig."Loosely based on seventeen-year-old Beatrix Potter's vacation on the seaside, this lovely little story follows Pig Robinson as he goes on quite the adventure!
Three little mice sat down to spin.An extremely short story, among Potter's earliest works. Her distinct art style is showcased splendidly.
This is a sly old cat, who gave a tea party to a rat.Just goes to show, no matter the era, cats and rats do NOT mix!
All he said was, "Tit for tat!"A selfish fox invites a gracious stork over for tea, and the stork decides to repay the favor. Mischief abound!
Dinner is servedA sweet but sparse tale all about rabbits and how they celebrate Christmas.
The dancing begins