It is no secret...we are a book family.
And not the modern-day cartoon about square sponges or voluptuous blonde dolls type of books, either.
We love the oldies but goodies. The books with character and charm and whimsy and tales worth reading...they are the ones that we are drawn to and stock our shelves with. So I was pretty excited to find out about Kinder Cottage Publishing...a publishing company that updates and revives those old gems which have been lost or forgotten about for too long. I was thrilled to receive two gorgeous hardcover books about Peter Rabbit written by Duff Graham for the Henry Altemus publishing company way back in 1917 and 1921. Peter Rabbit at the Farm and Peter Rabbit's Birthday were the two I chose...though there are eight other Peter Rabbit stories within the Peter Rabbit series that sounded equally entertaining.
Peter Rabbit at the Farm was an easy pick for us, of course. Nothing we love better than animal stories! In it, Peter finds himself in some mischief as he runs away to Mr. McGregors' farm. He begins by spilling persimmon's on the road when he runs into Pollie Possum, he nearly drowns after helping Little Goosie Poosie fill up the pond again with water, visits with bouncing sheep and an old dog with an affinity for bones, an old hag with an affinity for apples and ends his trip with an accidental dunk in the milk pail of Mr. McGregor himself.
In Peter Rabbit's birthday, Peter goes out to invite his many field friends to his birthday party at 2:00 and becomes so entertained that he loses track of time and nearly misses his own party! And of course, there was an accidental dunk in that story too- it was, after all, a story about the mischievous Peter Rabbit! :-)
I love the wholesomeness of these stories (Peter may get into mischief often but he is also wise and forgiving and apologetic for his naughtiness. His three cottontail sisters are hardworking, studious and kind...even when Peter's antics make life harder for them. My children loved the silly antics and entertaining tales for what they are...good stories.
Along with the Peter Rabbit series, Kinder Cottage has republished several books in the Oz series: The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, and The Road to Oz. Also republished are Dinkle Dan and Sammy The Seasick Whale. They are happy to announce, as well, a new series of historical biographies for primary and elementary grade students~ the first one to be published in the series is Alfred the Great: First King of All England.
Each book is hardcover and are superbly crafted, and the illustrations are just as charming today as they were in the early 1900's. The original stories are preserved while the verbiage is updated to a more modern vernacular making the story flow more easily to the ears of modern children. These books are geared for children age 3-9 years old and range from $3.00- $5.00 per book~ with the majority of the books smack dab in the middle for $4.00 a piece.
Kinder Cottage Publishing is doing a great service in providing the children of today with the timeless tales of yesteryear at such an affordable price and in such a winsome way.
|Corynn wanted to show you her reading in the hammock trick.|
Oh, the cleverness of her!