I am not sure how many of you are familiar with the works of Beatrix Potter, but for my sisters and I her whimsical tales were an essential part of our childhood. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I was to find out that a Peter Rabbit movie was being released this year.
As the story goes, Beatrix’s writing began with a picture letter to the son of her governess. She was initially rejected by several publishers, before her work was acknowledged. In 1901 Beatrix published 250 copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit herself, these were for family and friends. The book’s instant success encouraged Frederick Warne & Co., who had previously turned it down, to reconsider their decision, offering to take it on as long as Beatrix re-illustrated it in colour. On publication in October 1902, it was an immediate bestseller. The following year, Beatrix published The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tailor of Gloucester with Frederick Warne, and the rest of her legendary tales followed. Check out the amazing Peter Rabbit website for more info on all Beatrix’s stories —> (https://www.peterrabbit.com/about-beatrix-potter/)
I have vivid memories of having these stories read to me and my sisters, as well as us watching the tv series starring Niamh Cusack. I’ve borrowed my mums copy of The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter, and I’ve begun reading to the kids (I can’t believe I hadn’t already done this). So, before the movie is released, they should be familiar with the magic world of Beatrix Potter. I’ve even gotten my hands on a few episodes of the original TV series, and just the opening credits immediately transported me back 25 years (yes, I’m that old).
Let me back track ever so slightly and give you a quick summary of these quirky tales, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is about a naughty little rabbit and his misadventures in Mr. Mc Gregor’s garden. Peter has 3 siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail, (considerably well behaved compared to Peter). Their mum warns them not to play in Mr. Mc Gregors garden because apparently their dad was caught and put in pie. Peter of course doesn’t listen and gets up to all sorts of mischief in the garden. Other characters in the books are Squirrel Nutkin, Pig Robinson, Mrs Tittlemouse, Jemima Puddleduck and so many more. There are 23 original title in total, including 2 nursery rhyme collections.
As always, my posts wind down do spending quality time with your family and making amazing memories. If you are looking for the best bedtime read (and movies for rainy days), then look no further than Beatrix Potter and The Tale of Peter Rabbit. You will not regret watching this movie and buying her books, (and the DVD when it is released). This will be a family favourite well into your kids’ adulthood; I am living proof of that.
Peter Rabbit is out on the 29th March, just in time for Easter, and features the vocal talents, of James Corden , Rose Byrne, Sia, Sam Neill and Margot Robbie, to name just a few. The movie is inspired by the books but is not a direct adaptation of the Beatrix Potter stories. It is a new adventure for a cinema audience!
I have managed to get my hands on two of the cutest Peter Rabbit movie hampers to giveaway. The hampers consist of Peter Rabbit themed;
- Gardening Set
- Reading Set
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Question – Which Peter Rabbit character are you most excited to see on the big screen?
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