Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Beatrix Potter Reading Project Wrap-Up

I apologize for the time it's taken me to get to this wrap-up of my Beatrix Potter Reading Project. I had great fun reading all her "little books." I like some more than others. After reading them all, my favorites are Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jeremy Fisher, Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes, and Pigling Bland.

Here are links to my thoughts on all the books:

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
The Tailor of Gloucester
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
The Tale of Two Bad Mice
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher
The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit
The Story of Miss Moppet
The Tale of Tom Kitten
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or, The Roly-Poly Pudding
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies
The Tale of Ginger and Pickles
The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse

The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes
The Tale of Mr. Tod
The Tale of Pigling Bland
Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse
Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson

I can't leave the subject of Beatrix Potter without mentioning the following items.

Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear is a fascinating biography of Beatrix. It's my absolute favorite. In reading it, I discovered there was much more to Beatrix than her little books.

Jeanette Winter wrote and illustrated a charming picture book biography simply titled Beatrix Potter. You can read my review of it here.

Susan Witting Albert has written a mystery series called The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. The series follows Beatrix from 1905 when she buys Hilltop Farm through 1913 when she marries William Heelis. The books take place in Sawrey of the Lake District. The series is a grand blend of fact and fiction with Beatrix turning into something of an amateur sleuth as she solves village mysteries. The local animals (who the reader can understand) always know more than the humans. The first book is The Tale of Hill Top Farm. I've linked to Amazon so you can read reviews.

Albert has done some extensive research for the series. In 1905, Beatrix published Two Bad Mice and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. She would be planning the next book which is The Tale of Jeremy Fisher. In Albert's story, Beatrix brings her pets (Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Josey and Mopsy Rabbit, and Tom Thumb) with her to Sawrey. She also finds a local boy, Jeremy Cosfield, to help her locate frogs to sketch.

The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series:
1. The Tale of Hilltop Farm
2. The Tale of Holly How
3. The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood
4. The Tale of Hawthorn House
5. The Tale of Briar Bank
6. The Tale of Applebeck Orchard
7. The Tale of Oat Cake Crag
8. The Tale of Castle Cottage

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