Thursday, June 4, 2015

[BOOK REVIEW] The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter

Title: The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

Author: Beatrix Potter

Genre: Animals / Classic / Mischief

Year Published: 1904

Year Read:  1994


Source: Library

Content Rating:  Ages 3+ (One intense situation, but nothing too scary for small children)

“The Tale of Benjamin Bunny” is the fourth book made in Beatrix Potter’s “Peter Rabbit” books and it is about how Peter’s cousin Benjamin convinces Peter to come to Mr. McGregor’s garden to get Peter’s clothes back.  “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny” is a truly memorable follow up to the classic tale “Peter Rabbit.”
The book starts off with Benjamin Bunny watching Mr. and Mrs. McGregor going out for the day and he decided to get his cousin Peter to come along with him to Mr. McGregor’s garden to get Peter’s clothes back.
Oh my goodness!  Beatrix Potter has certainly outdone herself in this classic follow up to the ever popular children’s book “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” Beatrix Potter’s writing is extremely cute and interesting as it details Peter and Benjamin’s adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden.  I loved how the role of “mischievous little troublemaker” is switched to Benjamin Bunny instead of Peter Rabbit as Peter is constantly shown as being afraid in ever image.  Since I have read “ The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” I cannot really blame Peter for being so jumpy after the scare he had when he went to Mr. McGregor’s garden and I personally would have been scared too if I went back to a place that scared the daylights out of me.  It was interesting seeing another character who was as naughty as Peter was and what made Benjamin into such an endearing character was that he remained optimistic about the situation.  Beatrix Potter's illustrations are extremely cute as most of the main characters are animals.  My favorite illustrations were of the mice cracking cherry stones as they look extremely realistic yet cute at the same time as they huddled up next to each other and looked so adorable eating the cherry stones.
Overall, “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny” is a truly cute and wonderful classic tale from Beatrix Potter about the consequences of being naughty!  I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

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