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BEATRIX POTTER SHAPED BOARD BOOKS (SET OF FOUR: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, the Tale of Tom Kitten)

Author: Beatrix Potter

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Publisher: Frederic Warne & Co.,

Material: board book

Summary: This adaption of Potter's stories introduce young readers to Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Tom Kitten. These abridged stories offer tales of mischief, choices (good and bad), friendship, and responsibility.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Age of Child: Started reading with child at one year.

Young Reader Reaction: S/he picks up these books occasionally to read alone or with a parent. S/he enjoys looking at the bright illustrations. At 18 months, the stories are beginning to catch her attention

Adult Reader Reaction: Cute adaptations of the original stories that introduce toddlers to choices, consequences and morality. Good for extemporaneous story-telling.

Pros: Cute adaptations of classics, and good for teaching morality and caution.

Cons: The boardbook format is deceiving. The stories are still too long for infants (3-4 sentences/page); they won't sit for a verbatim reading. This is probably better for 2 to 3 year olds.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow the individual stories. These are classics and come in many versions. The real Beatrix Potter books might be more fun when children are older.

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Educational Themes: The stories help children understand that with choices come consequences.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, classic literature, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2003

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