I've sat here and thought and thought and thought only to arrive at the fact that I'm not quite sure which charming tale is my favorite. I guess it would be Peter Rabbit and the follow-up Benjamin Bunny. However, I do love the tales of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Mrs. Tittlemouse, and the Two Bad Mice. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse is a delightful retelling of the town mouse and the country mouse. The kids especially like the last two mentioned and The Tale of Pigling Bland (in addition to Peter Rabbit). My husband and I double-over laughing each time we read The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit! It's the most random of Potter's tales (though I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for the kids). Potter writes her version of the elves and the shoe peddler in The Tailor of Gloucester, a perfect Christmas tale for this time of year. But really, I could list all of them in one way or another. Instead, let me give you the complete listing of Potter's books at the end of this post. Check them out and share with us which tale your family likes best!
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If you'd like to know more about Beatrix Potter's life, do take the time to check out the blog Happy Homemaker UK. Laura gives a lovely summary of Beatrix Potter, complete with beautiful photographs. She's compiled quite a lot of research in just a few lines, making her bio on Beatrix Potter interesting to read, not to mention that I'm quite envious of her visits to Potter's childhood home and the Beatrix Potter exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
One more thing I found fascinating, most can deduce Potter's love for nature after seeing her detailed watercolored subjects. What you may not guess is that she's helped to preserve the Lake District in England by her conservation efforts and by willing land and farms to the British National Trust.
Also, take advantage of one of my favorite links: these color pages from the various tales to download for your children to color.
In closing, this is the first (and may be the last) time I've recommended a movie. However, the BBC has done a brilliant job with the Potter tales, keeping the animation true to the original text and illustrations. Each series begins with a human Beatrix Potter character writing a letter to the recipient of her next tale, briefly explaining her artistic process before segueing into the animation. So if you need a way to bring Beatrix Potter's tales into your home while you're getting dinner on the table, check out the BBC videos.
I firmly believe your family will find Beatrix Potter's tales some of your favorite reads. Ours certainly has.
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit (c. 1901, 1902)
The Tailor of Gloucester (1902, 1903)
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903)
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904)
The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904)
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-WInkle (1905)
The Pie and the Patty-pan (1905)
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1906)
The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit (1906)
The Story of Miss Moppet (1906)
The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907)
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908)
The Roly-Poly Pudding (1908) = The Tale of Samuel Whiskers (1926)
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909)
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The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (1910)
The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes (1911)
The Tale of Mr. Tod (1911)
The Tale of Pigling Bland (1913)
Appley Dappley's Nursery Rhymes (1917)
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)
Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes (1922)
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1930)