And because I assume you all are blind by being internet junkies like me, I crank up the saturation in an attempt to blind you even more. But anyway....it's a very pretty, calming and lovely Easter dress. No I don't work with Boden. BUT IF THEY WANT TO MAIL ME FREE CLOTHES, who am I to stand in their way?? (I would not stand in their way)
Am I wrong in thinking that many of you think that Beatrix is for 3 year olds and too quaint and twee for reading 1) at all and 2) to bigger kids? If I'm wrong, lets just all gaze at Beatrix' (is it Beatrix' or Beatrix's??) art and sigh and smile.
"I will just lock up the spoons!" (i have often thought this to myself as i run out the door)
Would a three year year old know, or want to know, what the word "wainscot" means?? But your 8 year old would. I know, because my one and only 8 year old asked me. Believe me, I find it very crucial on nearly a daily basis to know the difference between a WAISTCOAT and a WAINSCOT.
You will learn everything there is to know about old fashioned English life ~ from patty pans, to window-shutters to how much to charge for jam and other random assorted bobbins. You will learn about cream crackers and roly-poly puddings. 'Samuel Whiskers and The Roly Poly Pudding' is one of our great great favorites.
And lest you think (see how Englishy I sound??) that life is all bonnets and corsets and jam tarts within the covers of a Beatrix Potter book, OH NO friends. No no. There are KILLER OWLS who want to skin squirrels and eat them, there are vicious rats that want to eat kittens, there are bunnies who get shot, there are meat pies filled with cooked mice that are almost eaten by dogs (only cats like those kind of pies) and just so much VIOLENCE AND MAYHEM, you can't believe it. (don't believe it, it's not true. except for those other things I mentioned.)
Nah, I just won't bother reading Beatrix.
DON'T MAKE THAT MISTAKE. 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' is actually one of her least interesting books, I think. I much prefer 'Mrs. Tiggywinkle', 'The Pie and the Patty Pan', 'The Tailor of Gloucester' and tons of others. Do you have the set? YOU NEED THE SET. It is my job to push books on you and I'm telling you, if you don't have the set, you need the set. (i linked it 3x so you would get my point. :)
And go read her longer stories with your older kids, if you haven't already! Go! Before they get too old and jaded! These books will un-jade you. They remind me of 'Winnie the Pooh' in that way -- you cannot read 'Pooh' to a 3 year old, they totally won't get the tone and humor of it at all.
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