Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales

Late this month each branch will celebrate Family Literacy Day with a reading marathon. Hopefully lots of you will participate. Check the website for information.

This week I’m focusing on Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales. The particular issue I’m looking at is quite new, and includes the complete and unabridged text of all 23 tales, and all of the original illustrations. The stories are arranged in order of publication. As some of the characters appear in more than one story, this gives the book flow. Potter’s tales were often connected to real life people, places, or animals, and the brief introductory notes before each story give some of its history. These notes also offer personal glimpses into Potter’s opinion of the piece, her circumstances and friends, and her favourite locations in the English countryside. Included in this collection are 4 works that remained unpublished during her lifetime.

The library holds only one copy of this particular collection, but many more of Potter’s tales are available as single titles. The tales of Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin, and Jemima Puddle-duck, to name a few, have enchanted children for over a century, and continue to do so.

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