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The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter - Review

Monday, July 24, 2023

My partner and I recently went on holiday to the Lake District, where we haven't been for about ten years. We had an absolutely brilliant time. We went to the World of Beatrix Potter in Windermere which was good, it's got models of most of her stories and a lot of information behind each of her books. While we were there I remembered that my grandma bought me this book way back in 1993 when I was just nine years old. She and I were on holiday in Braithwaite and we went to Beatrix Potter's house in Sawrey and she bought me this book. I don't think the photo actually shows the scale of it - it's nearly 30cm tall and about 4cm thick. I know it was 1993 because the book has got a bookplate with my name and the year in the front of it!

I pulled this off the shelves because seeing the exhibition made me remember all the great stories that she wrote. I really like Jemima Puddleduck and Mrs Tiggywinkle - I have models of both of those that live on my desk! I know those stories and Peter Rabbit, obviously, but I had forgotten a lot of the others. It was an absolute joy to read them all again. I liked Tom Kitten and Mr Tod and the Tailor of Gloucester. This is a really gorgeous volume with all the original illustrations and I loved seeing the details that Beatrix put into her art. I'm so glad I bothered to read this, it really reminded me of being little. My grandma died in January of this year so it was nice to read something she had given me, too. 

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