Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson

Peter Rabbit is off on a new adventure and this one may prove more exciting than his visit to Mr. McGregor's garden and his escapade with Cousin Benjamin Bunny. Peter takes a nap in a picnic basket and ends up in Scotland.

What I Thought: Beatrix Potter and her books have long fascinated me. so much so that I undertook a Beatrix Potter Reading Project in 2010-2011. Emma Thompson and Eleanor Taylor's The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit is charming. Thompson stays true to the character Potter created over 100 years ago. Her reading of the book (included on an audio CD) is fantastic. I'm tentatively planning a Peter Rabbit Party for the summer reading program and would love to use this new tale along with the old favorite. Eleanor Taylor's illustrations are faithful to the original and, like the story, utterly charming. Well done, ladies!

(Illus. Eleanor Taylor. Frederick Warne, 2012)

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