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Tales of Beatrix Potter

Tales of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter
For ages 4 to 8
Unabridged audiobook (CD)
Performed/read by: Nadia May
Blackstone Audio Books, 2002   ISBN: 978-0786194889

It all began when Peter Rabbit “who was very naughty” went to Mr. McGregor’s garden after being told not to. Peter eats lots of vegetables and just as he is looking for parsley to settle his rather sick feeling tummy, he runs into Mr. McGregor. What follows is a chase around the garden which terrifies poor Peter. In the process Peter loses his shoes and his little blue coat.

Of course we know that Peter does not end up in a rabbit pie like his father did, and we know that he manages to get home too. We know too that Peter gets a scolding for losing his nice new clothes. What is wonderful is that thanks to the stories in this audiobook we also get to hear about how Peter recovers his coat and shoes when he and his cousin Benjamin go back to Mr.McGregor’s garden. In another story we hear about how Squirrel Nutkin earns the displeasure of Mr. Brown the owl. Then there is Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, who washes clothes, and Jemima Puddleduck who meets a very handsome, but untrustworthy fellow.

In all there are twenty-three of Beatrix Potter’s timeless and often gently funny tales in this collection. Nadia May beautifully reads these wonderful, classic stories, and she perfectly captures the personalities of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, Peter Rabbit, and the other characters who have become the best friends of children all over the world. Children might enjoy looking at their copies of the tales as they listen to the stories.