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Adorable box with adorable books. Wonderful illustrations. I bought these classics for my granddaughter...BUT after reading them again (before I gave them to her) I was horrified by how dark the stories are!! Old school fairy tales and children's books are really frightening. Kids now have such a wealth of great books that are fun, uplifting, expansive. I returned these classics because the stories would scare a little kid. Too bad because the illustrations are so lovely. The stories need to be rewritten to appeal to 21st Century kids.
Bought this for our son who was on a Peter RAbbit kick and wanted to have other stories to go with it. The set is beautiful in the box and well-bound. Unfortunately the story of the kittens is not very encouraging with a mom cat who makes some not very smart choices and then blames and lies about her kitty kids when they ruin their new clothes. Not the best role model story for the kids. Peter Rabbit is still the best. The other 2 books contain some humor for adults and a dreamy storytelling of life adventures on the farm which is fun (although how to explain to the little kids what happened to the "polite bushy-tailed gentleman"!!). There's a sense of Beatrix Potter talking to you as the reader and taking you through that world.
This is a birthday gift for a one year old little boy. I had Peter Rabbit books when I was a little girl in England 88 years ago and get pleasure starting our grandchildren and little friends out reading or being read to Peter Rabbit books.
This set is well put together and very cute. I bought it for my son because I remember having them as a child. However, I do not remember the book with the cats being slightly inappropriate. There is a page in the book where it says the mom cat smacked her kittens. This might not offend some, but I don’t want to read a book to my child that talks about smacking someone even if it was written a long time ago. I will keep the other books, but will be discarding that one.
This is a wonderful starter set that we wanted to give our almost 2 year old grandchild for her birthday so she can begin a nice collection. The books are high quality and snuggled into a tough keeper as well. Our order was also prompt and I have been a long time customer and have never had any problems with my orders or products not once.
I'm disappointed with the minuscule size of these books. I've considered other books, including Winnie the Pooh, and nowhere is there any reference to the dimensions. Why is that? I would have looked further for a little larger version had I been warned. The other problem is the phrase "naturally better". I have no idea what that means. Is this some modern editor's version of the stories? I have not unwrapped the books, so I am considering returning them. I could live with the size of the books, but not a "cleaned up" version of Beatrix Potter's own words.
I had just finished the biography of Beatrix Potter "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Matthew Dennison and wanted to read a couple of her stories. This set was just perfect with her illustrations completing the tales.. A good conclusion to my Beatrix Potter reunion.
In my mind, I could hear my grandmother's voice reading to me when I read Peter Rabbit - such a wonderful nostalgic feeling! I wasn't familiar with the other stories but they were all charming. Absolutely love Beatrix Potter's imagination and watercolor illustrations. She was such a delightful artist.