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You simply CANNOT go wrong with the tales of Beatrix Potter!!! Every baby who comes into my life's circle - family, friends, you name it - gets a copy of her complete tales. As I am 67 years young now, there have been quite a few. The only reason I checked "Some violence" is because of the unfortunate incident when Mr. Fisher caught the stickleback fish. I'm quite sure that it would not disturb most children (or other people) in the least. It's a story about nature, as all of Miss Potter's are, and nature does involve many things that some folks would prefer not to deal with.
This was a gift for my 14 year old granddaughter. When she was a 4 year old I would take her and her brother and sister to the library weekly over the summer. She almost always came home with this book and some others. It was her favorite. Now she just wants money for her birthday so I try to find interesting ways to hide money in a little gift. This was perfect!
My godson Vincent is 4yrs old and loves Beatrix Potter. His mom let me know that he has two books out of the set, but wanted more for Christmas. As a baby my room was decorated in Beatrix Potter so ordering these books was like reliving my childhood. They are basically the size of an adult hand, but hard cover so he can try to read and not ruin the book. I will definitely be ordering more for his collection!
Perfect! Brings back childhood memories. I loved this book then (1940s) and still love it now. My six year old self loved the character names. They roll off the tongue and are so fun to say. I loved that Mr. Jeremy could have wet feet and never be scolded. And I loved the danger, squealing every time even though I knew the outcome. I'm so glad these stories are still around.
This is, of course, a delightful story, because all of Beatrix Potter's are. Extremely sensitive children may be a little scared because [spoiler alert!] the title character gets swallowed by a fish, which, however, immediately spits him out. The illustrations are delightful. When you buy any story by Beatrix Potter, always get an edition with her pictures.
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2016
Beatrix Potter is particularly delightful for being so formal with her animal characters. But for a few stray lines in the text, you'd have though Mr. Jeremy Fisher was a high-bred English gentleman, rather than a frog. But frog he is, and the situations he gets in as he goes fishing are a particular peril for his froggy size.
While the predicaments are a bit silly, I see this book as a more bedtime-oriented tale. Certainly, a motivated child could get amped up on anything, but this is so slow in going and generally peaceful in content that it would be a great candidate to put your child to sleep. Which is a very good thing, for some kids....
While you can buy Potter stories individually, I have to advocate for getting a complete or near-complete collection of her stories. While Mr. Jeremy Fisher will entertain most children for one or two readings, it does not shine unless taken in with the rest of Potter's works. And make absolutely sure you get one a collection with the original illustrations of Beatrix Potter herself. Her genius was not just in text, but in her visual storytelling. The watercolor technique in general is quite difficult and unforgiving, but Potter seems to have practiced it with as much ease as if she's gone into a countryside with a modern camera. Crisp and lively, these pictures are true works of art.
Keep in mind, all of Beatrix Potter's works are in the public domain! You can find fairly cheap copies out there, since royalties don't need to be paid to anyone. Just double-check quality before putting your money down.