Kinder Cottage Publishing presents Peter Rabbit in a new/old way. Using peter Rabbit stories in the public domain from the Henry Altemus Company’s 1927 edition, Peter Rabbit comes to life in an unexpected way. Beautiful pictures and delightful text give Peter Rabbit a whole new life in the Kinder Cottage books.
We were sent two books, How Peter Rabbit Went to Sea and Peter Rabbit’s Birthday, from the set of 10 Peter Rabbit books published by Kinder Cottage. Recommended for ages 3-9, each book is priced at $4, so these beautiful stories are fairly inexpensive. These hardback books are about 5″ x 7″, the perfect size for little hands to hold and look through. These lovely books are well made and will withstand some rougher use, though they are not board books so the pages will tear if handled too roughly.
How Peter Rabbit Went To Sea
Not familiar with this particular Peter Rabbit story? I wasn’t either but I kinda fell in love with it. This is a typical Peter Rabbit tale, in that Peter disregards his mother’s warnings, disobeys, and comes into some trouble. In true Peter Rabbit style, he manages to get out of it and regrets making the choices.
In this story, Peter is warned not to play by the brook but like all little boys, he wants to play pirate and the best place to do so is near water. So, he disregard the instructions his mother gave him. He makes a boat (I love his ingenuity at this point but don’t want to give away how he goes about it) and sails on the river. He gets swept out to sea and encounters a number of creatures. One of the creatures, a sea gull, picks Peter up to show to his children but Peter is able to trick him and end up back in his little boat. He manages to return home, where he is so repentant that he asks his mother to put him straight to bed, declaring “I don’t ever want to try to be a Pirate again.”
Peter Rabbit’s Birthday
This sweet little 64 page book is number 7 of the 10 set series but there is no need to read them in order. Once again we find Peter striving to be helpful and kind, doing exactly what he is supposed to do. It is his birthday and his mother and sisters want it to be a special day. As is typical, we find Peter getting into mischief before the day has hardly begun, tipping over a bowl full of flour. He is sent out to invite his friends to his birthday party that afternoon, so he sets out. Along the way, he encounters many friends and has some adventures. He ends up getting some help to make it home in time for his birthday party, where he and all his friends celebrate with yummy treats and a lovely party.
What We Thought
E – age 10 – I liked that the books were kind of like two stories in one. I liked Peter Rabbit. He is funny and he gets into all sorts of funny trouble.
L – age 8 – It was okay. The stories were good.
J – age 5 – I liked them! I liked that he was mischevious. (Yes, she actually said that herself and it reflects very well her own personality.) I like the party, and the boy, and the animals. I liked that he got into trouble. I liked that his sisters helped his mom.
My own thoughts – These are sweet little books that really do a good job of capturing the girls’ attention. After we read them together, the girls would take them out on their own to read. I have caught them reading these books more than once. I am pleased with the text and personally, I love the drawings. They are old-fashioned but I love that! These will stay on our shelves and I know they will be loved.
To Order From Kinder Cottage Publishing
Visit Kinder Cottage Publishing at http://KinderCottage.com. There you will find the Peter Rabbit series. You can order the books individually or you can order the 10 book set. The titles in the series are:
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit at the Farm
Peter Rabbit’s Christmas
How Peter Rabbit Went to Sea
Peter Rabbit Goes A-Visiting
Peter Rabbit’s Easter
Peter Rabbit’s Birthday
When Peter Rabbit Went to School
Peter Rabbit and the Little Boy
Peter Rabbit and Jack the Jumper
Through this review we have found a new company from which to locate unusual but rich books and materials. Kinder Cottage is a company that I am proud to recommend and their Peter Rabbit books are worth checking into. At Home.
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