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Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales: The 23 Original Peter Rabbit Books & 4 Unpublished Works

5 of 5 stars Irresistible cuddly animals with human personalities. July 14, 2000 

Beatrix Potter acquired her love and knowledge of animals and the countryside during family holidays in Scotland. She also had animals as her constant companions as a child. She sketched and observed them for hours at a time.

Beatrix Potter's books have never lost their popularity. They are sold by the millions and have been translated into over fifteen languages. While her first story in 1902, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" was published in a small edition by Frederick Warne, within a year it was an instant best seller.

This deluxe volume is a collection of all twenty-three tales and some previously unpublished works. The stories are arranged in the order of publication as several are linked together by events or familiar characters.

Both the watercolors and black and white illustrations have been included. Children will adore the rhyming names of goosey gander and pig-wig. The animals seem to almost take on human personalities. In fact, these magical stories are often connected with real people places or animals.

Little girls who have a doll house will love "The Tale of Two Bad Mice," in which two hungry mice try to eat the artificial plaster doll food. Even at my age I found it irresistibly amusing. These little animals just have such great personalities.

 

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One Earth One Spirit

Beautiful Prayers from Many Faiths, August 1, 2004

Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness
as dry fields weep with rain.
~Ute

The prayers in One Earth, One Spirit are from the following faiths and cultures: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Ojibwa, Sikh, Taoist, Tewa Pueblo, Ute and Zuni. In every country and culture, children say prayers in order to express their innermost thoughts and to comfort themselves with beautiful words. The last few pages of this book have notes about the prayers. You can read about the Zuni prayer and how it is taken from the ancient Night Chant of the Zuni or read about the reasons for certain prayers, like how they acknowledge the interdependence of human beings.

The prayers help children to connect with something greater than themselves. The prayers can be read like poetry and you might remember a few from your own childhood. This would be a perfect book to read before bed as it presents prayers that would bring comfort to a child.

The author, Tessa Strickland, was born in England and graduated from Cambridge University. She specialized in theology and ancient philosophy.

I could see a few of these poems in a frame. My favorite picture is the little girl standing in the waves on the shore.

~The Rebecca Review

 

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