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Beatrix Potter - does your child actually enjoy these books?


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#1 CitizenErased

Posted 24 February 2009 - 08:14 AM

Just curious.  I've noticed (talking to other Mums) that the Beatrix Potter collection is a common 'staple' on their children's bookshelf.  Lots of sentimentality, or perahps gifts from relatives!

But when it comes to everyday reading... well as much as I love the books myself, DD seems to get lost in the narrative and loses concentration & interest so quickly.  Most of the time I end up making up an abridged version which is super quick, and suits the picture on each page because that way it's easier for her to follow, IYKWIM?

Lovely artwork and language, but sometimes I feel it's not the easiest read for a toddler.

How about you?

Edited by miah, 24 February 2009 - 08:15 AM.


#2 kyrrie

Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:27 AM

I never read them to DD as I never liked them.  But since she's become an independent reader she reads them to herself and loves them.  

She may be a better age for them now at 5.  Can't see DS being interested in them, he's 3.

#3 0zeKid

Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:47 AM

I agree that it appears to be a staple on the library. I think that is because it is never read so stays in pristine condition! I never enjoyed them and my kids have one which I was going to cull over the weekend and decided just to leave it - I suspect it will remain as is until it ends up on my kids kids bookshelves. Still not being read...

#4 anon60

Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:40 PM

QUOTE
I suspect it will remain as is until it ends up on my kids kids bookshelves. Still not being read...


They're the ones to keep for when the grandchildren come to visit.

#5 Ianthe

Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:11 AM

My kids love these books. Of course I would disown them if they didn't wink.gif

#6 ~Bec~

Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:17 AM

DD1 (7yrs) has just read the whole collection. We were given a book with all the collected stories and she quite enjoyed it. None of my kids liked them as toddlers though.

#7 Fukuro Lady

Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:21 AM

My MIL bought the collection for DD before even her first birthday I think! DD loves to 'read' and be read to (she's only 2.5) but is bored as hell with these books, and rightly so *yawn*!!

My MIL and FIL are in the game of sentimentality though, they also bought her a large Paddington Bear from the UK and a book and ask every time I see them if we read it to her as she simply "must know the story of the Bear from deepest darkest Peru"  rolleyes.gif Of course DD couldn't care less and is much more interested in other books.

Gah, I just find it so pretentious. All the name dropping and 'brand' giving, bleck.

(excuse my self indulgent vent, this just reminded me off how much the inlaws p*ss me off at times  glare.gif )

#8 Pocahontas

Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:26 AM

DS doesn't mind Peter Rabbit but it's not one of his favourites.  

I found another one of her books at a book stall (one about kittens but can't remember it's name).  The content was "dated" to say the least.  After loosing their clothes the kittens were spanked, scolded and sent to bed and their mother then lied to her friends and said they were sick (or something) as she was so embarrased about their behaviour.  wacko.gif

#9 Cluckystar

Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:36 PM

My 4yo DS loves Beatrix Potter, particularly Peter Rabbit. He was given the set of DVDs when he turned three and took an interest in the books after that. My MIL has given the set to my 1yo DD, but i wouldn't bother reading it to her for a cople of years yet. I loved the books myself when I was a kid. My favourite was a Tale of Two Bad Mice.

I agree that some of the content is not considered politically correct these days- but that's just a reflection of the era that they were written in. It's an interesting point of conversation to have  with the child.

#10 dippinsniffer

Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:42 PM

We only have 4 of the books. I did not really get into them as a child. I was more into 'Richard Scarry'.
It seems some of the Beatrix books are aimed at toddlers (we have 2 of them) and some are aimed at the older child so if you're reading one of the 'older child' books to a toddler, it might be easier to get one of the easier, simpler, shorter books.

DD was gifted 'Two naughty mice' and she enjoys it. DS was gifted one which involves a frog who escaped a pike and he enjoys that. BUT they are not one of their faves and not one of mine to read either.

Edited by dippinsniffer, 25 February 2009 - 08:43 PM.


#11 jessles

Posted 26 February 2009 - 08:35 AM

My 1 year old likes the pictures. I shortened the story and just talk about the pics at the moment. She has the whole collection.

We found at our local library that they have the characters in board books aimed more at the baby/toddler age (eg Peter Rabbit counts to 10) and she likes those too.

#12 cloudgirl

Posted 26 February 2009 - 08:39 AM

i was obsessed with them as a child (and most likely still am) and have the entire collection. i will probably torture my child with beatrix potter stories when its born... it will probably hate them! haha

#13 Ianthe

Posted 27 February 2009 - 05:11 PM

QUOTE
My MIL and FIL are in the game of sentimentality though, they also bought her a large Paddington Bear from the UK and a book and ask every time I see them if we read it to her as she simply "must know the story of the Bear from deepest darkest Peru"  Of course DD couldn't care less and is much more interested in other books.

Gah, I just find it so pretentious. All the name dropping and 'brand' giving, bleck.


You don't like Beatrix Potter OR Paddington Bear!? You clearly have no soul wink.gif

#14 redicccc

Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:08 AM

aah, I've already bought Katie the full set of Beatrix Potter books at about R80 per book! Wish I'd known about Reader's Paradise before...  beatrix

#15 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:06 AM

I find them mind numblingly boring. My Dd rarely asks to hear them too.

#16 Bel Rowley

Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:16 AM

I loved them as a child, and my daughter loves them too. It's probably the last year she's really started to enjoy them. When I first learned to write I wrote "I love you Beatrix Potter" inside the cover of Peter Rabbit, so I think it's fair to say I genuinely liked reading them!

#17 Soontobegran

Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:26 AM

I loved them as a child, my children loved them and now my grandchildren love them.
Obviously it is a matter of reading them in an age appropriate manner but IMO they are not boring and they are not pretentious?
If I can make a Wiggles book sound interesting to a 2 year old then I can certainly make a Beatrix Potter book enjoyable.

#18 Bluenomi

Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:33 AM

DD had a brief Peter Rabbit stage but I didn't like reading it so I'd skim read until I could hide the book  ph34r.gif I never liked them as a kid either.

#19 HRH Countrymel

Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:42 AM

A future child of mine will have NO CHOICE!

We had them all, we had repeat copies of the ones that my Dad had had from his childhood and we even had Peter Rabbit in French (Pierre Lapin - if you are interested, with his sisters Flopson, Mopson and Queue-de-coton)

My mother grew up in 1930/40s rural England and my Grandma was exactly like Mrs Tiggywinkle... the world of Beatrix Potter was a very real world to us.

I hope that when I read them to my children I will be able to use them to share their Grandma's life as she shared it with me..


#20 glasnost

Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:45 AM

DS loves them. I hate reading them. Peter Rabbit and a couple of others are OK but most of them I find really tedious to read. The story line is often strange and hard to follow, the language outdated and "clunky".

ETA Just realised this thread is four years old!

Edited by glasnost, 15 February 2013 - 08:44 AM.


#21 brazen

Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:46 AM

don't know, haven't given them to her as i hated them as a kid, don't want to inflict them on her!

#22 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:49 AM

QUOTE (Pocahontas @ 25/02/2009, 12:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DS doesn't mind Peter Rabbit but it's not one of his favourites.  

I found another one of her books at a book stall (one about kittens but can't remember it's name).  The content was "dated" to say the least.  After loosing their clothes the kittens were spanked, scolded and sent to bed and their mother then lied to her friends and said they were sick (or something) as she was so embarrased about their behaviour.  wacko.gif


DS (16 mo) loves this one - I do abridge the story.  But he's very interested in cats generally.

#23 CallMeFeral

Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:54 AM

My kids like them - but that's probably part hype from their grandma telling them those books are special etc. I've found that I mostly dislike them - apart from a few choice ones like Peter rabbit, the toad one and maybe one or two others, the rest are quite disjointed and boring. I hate when they ask me to read them.
I do remember being very attached to jemima puddleduck as a child. Something about the pictures maybe.

#24 Bluenomi

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:05 AM

QUOTE (Sassy Girl @ 15/02/2013, 08:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My DC all loved them as did my sisters, myself, mother, grandmothers, other family members and now DN. I may or may not come from a family of book worms  biggrin.gif

I can't believe anyone wouldn't like them  ohmy.gif


I come from a family of book wirms and most of us don't like them. They are clunky, the words don't flow nicely and pretty old fashioned in their ideas. Which is understandable because they are very old.

Winnie the Pooh is where it's at in this family.

#25 HRH Countrymel

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:08 AM

QUOTE (Bluenomi @ 15/02/2013, 09:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Winnie the Pooh is where it's at in this family.



But AA Milne wrote that a long time ago too?  

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