Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Peter Rabbit Collection from Kinder Cottage Publishing {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

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What comes to mind when you think of the storybook character, Peter Rabbit?

Besides mischief, gardens, and blackberries, this bunny immediately conjures up in my mind comforting, nostalgic tales and colorful, vintage images. I remember loving the story of Peter Rabbit as a child. My very first book purchase when I found out I was expecting my first child happened to be a set of 4 small  Peter Rabbit board books that came in their own little carrying case. I still have the set and will save it for the grandmothering phase of my life.

If you also love Peter Rabbit, you will want to stay tuned for this review! Kinder Cottage Publishing generously sent members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew two Peter Rabbit picture books from the following 10 books in the series:

Howard and Ann Closs started Kinder Cottage Publishing in 2012 with the desire to instill in their own four children a love of their rich heritage. They focus on materials that are characteristic of western civilization such as literature, history, culture, and Christianity. Their main goal is to develop and provide products that help parents instruct and train their young children.

The ten 5x7 hardcover books in the series mentioned above are ideal for children ages 3-9. They are adaptations of the original works written by Duff Graham for the Henry Altemus Company in the early 1900s. Though Kinder Cottage is faithful to the original text, some words have been slightly edited for modern children. For example, the word velocipede has been replaced with the word bicycle.

Each classic features the mischievous yet loveable character, Peter Rabbit, and a unique adventure. All of the books have 64 pages except for two which have 56 pages. Samples of each timeless tale are provided on the Kinder Cottage Publishing website.

You can purchase titles separately for $4.00 each, or you can save $10.00 and purchase the entire set for $30.00. As an additional bonus, you can save 20% off the product price on the website by entering the coupon code: TOS.

I was having a difficult time choosing which stories, so I let my 8-year-old daughter pick. She chose When Peter Rabbit Went to School and Peter Rabbit at the Farm. I guess they were good choices because after we read them together she exclaimed, "I love these books! I wish I could get all of them."

In When Peter Rabbit Went to School, Peter disobeys (surprise!) his mother and decides to go near the well he's been warned to stay away from. After a most dreadful experience, Peter's mother decides that the best thing to do is send her precious bunny kids to school.

All decked out in new school supplies, Peter and his sisters head off to Miss Hannah Hare's School. There they are greeted by friends such as Little Bunnie Bunniekin, Bobby Coon, Polly Possum, Ducky Daddles, Little Fannie Field Mouse, and many other students they'd never met before.

School is quite an adventure. Peter helps pass out writing books, gets in trouble for eating a carrot, goes to singing class, and is finally sent to recess with a warning not to play in the wood. This is where the real trouble starts.

Peter and Squirrelie disregard the warning and skip right off to the woods to collect acorns. After being frightened by an owl they run out of the woods and back to school, only Peter runs in the wrong direction. While he's out meeting all sorts of folks and having adventures, everyone back at school is scared silly. Will Peter ever find his way back to school? Will he be punished for disobedience? Well, you'll just have to get the book and find out for yourself!

In Peter Rabbit at the Farm, one morning Peter decides he's ready for some mischief and slips out the door while his mother isn't looking. Along the way he smacks into Pollie Possum and spills all of her persimmons, and he finds a sobbing Goosie Poosie. He helps her fix the swimming pond that's all dried up but not without falling in and soaking himself. (Polly Possum is spelled differently in these books.)

After that he heads over to Mr. McGregor's farm and makes friends with Old Growler, feeds Silver Tail, watches little lambs frolic, and sneaks into the cow stable. After a kick from the man who's milking, he visits the barn and barely escapes being bitten by Thomas the cat but only because his friend Goosie Poosie saves him. When he is ready to go home, he tries to think of the shortest way to get there but ends up getting lost.

Will Peter ever find his way home? Yep, you guessed it - you'll have to read the book to find out!

Truly, these little books are delightful. I enjoyed reading most of the two stories (my daughter read aloud a little bit) to my daughter. Though she is almost 9, I love that she still enjoys it when I read aloud to her.

For a little enrichment, I created a Peter Rabbit word search using a bunch of the characters from the books we reviewed. I also tried to find a persimmon at the store because my daughter wanted to try one after reading about them in Peter Rabbit at the Farm, but the store didn't have any in stock. :(

I found it quite appropriate that when I sat down on my front porch to begin writing this review, my daughter spotted a rabbit in our neighbor's yard. Thinking it would be delighted to eat a carrot, my daughter ran inside to get one, however, this rabbit wasn't as willing as Peter to make friends.

Be sure to visit Kinder Cottage Publishing and take advantage of the great deal on this set of Peter Rabbit books! Of course they'd be great for your own children, but they would also be a wonderful gift for someone else. I think this book set would look especially lovely in a baby's nursery. :)

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