Jump to content

Beatrix Potter - does your child actually enjoy these books?


  • Please log in to reply
28 replies to this topic

#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 Country (deci)Mel

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 Country (deci)Mel

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?  

Where do your children stand on Wind in the Willows?




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reaction to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

Dad breastfeeds his babies

Trevor Macdonald has now been pregnant twice, and is successfully breastfeeding his newest family member.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.