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Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit

I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense. ~ Beatrix Potter, The Complete Tales

Spring is a perfect time to talk about rabbits. The Easter Bunny is quite popular – after all he brings chocolate – but my favorite rabbit is Peter. I love all things Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter is someone whom I admire not only for her writing, artwork and imagination, but also for her love of nature and passion for life and conservation. I really would have loved the opportunity to share an afternoon walk or time by the lake for some conversation and to watch her work. She’s one of those people whom I feel a natural connection to and really would loved to have known personally. The closest I can come to that is through her work and learning about her life. These are all resources I have used to do that for myself and to help my son learn about the wonderful world of Peter Rabbit she created.

A good series to use for introducing Peter Rabbit characters to young children is the Peter Rabbit Seedlings books. They target toddlers/preschool aged children and have simple, colorful and fun short stories.

Recommended Books:

  • Dear Peter Rabbit by Alma Flor Ada is a collection of letters written between storybook character friends living in Hidden Forest – Peter Rabbit, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and Baby Bear.
  • My Dear Noel by Jane Johnson is the true story of how a letter that Beatrix Potter wrote to a young boy whose family she visited turned into the inspiration for the Tale of Peter Rabbit.
  • Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales is a collection of all 23 stories written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter.
  • Beatrix Potter A Journal is an illustrated collection of writings, watercolors, photographs and letters replicated from her own personal diary.
  • Beatrix Potter: Her Art and Inspiration by Hazel Gatford is a collection of some of her work taken from the Beatrix Potter Gallery located in the Lake District area.
  • Beatrix Potter’s Art by Anne Stevenson Hobbs details many of Potter’s nature-based paintings and drawings reflecting the inspirations for much of her work.

DVD Series: The Complete Beatrix Potter Collection DVD 2-Pack (Vol. 1 & 2). I love these! The first volume features five stories and the second volume has four. Each of the nine stories begins with a live action scene replicating Beatrix in time period costume and scenery. The live action leads to the animated story. Toward the end of the animated story, another short live action scene is featured to tie everything up. It is a well produced series from GoodTimes DVD that offers a nice blend between Beatrix Potter and her stories. I highly recommend them.

Lesson Ideas:

“Meet the Characters” week ~ Pick out five characters from the series using this interactive list and present one each day. Then read a story featuring them.

Present a brief overview of Beatrix Potter’s life including her stories and artwork. Author study form

Story It: Have the child imagine they are Beatrix Potter’s assistant. Have them create a new character and brief story to go along with it using this primary journal form.

Coloring Pages:

Collection of Peter Rabbit sheets

Related Resources:

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This entry was posted on April 9, 2012 by in Art & Crafts, Resource Material, Science, Social Studies, Stories and tagged , , .
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