October 25, 2010

Hoppy Halloween!

With all the excitement of Halloween around every corner, I bet you were expecting a post about Halloween books!  Well, I hate to disappoint you, but as much as I love Halloween, PDub is hot on the bunny trail of a different subject right now. 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit: Commemorative Edition (Potter)
Peter Rabbit. 
Yep, about as anti Halloween as it gets.  

Mama at Law reports that PDub has to have four particular books read to him every night at bedtime.  To feed his cravings for this newest obsession, she reads Peter Rabbit,  The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.  I had never heard of the Fierce Bad Rabbit, so I did some investigating and discovered that it is one of the shorter books written in the Peter Rabbit set.  It is about  two rabbits, one good and one nasty rabbit bully.  The bully steals the good rabbit's carrot.  If you object to hunters and guns, the resolution to this conflict may make you wince, but rest assured that no rabbit is harmed in the making of this tale.  It just raises a little fur in the end.  (Read the book to get the pun there.)   The power of books is that they transcend all time and borders.  Beatrice was raised in Victorian England.  She did not receive a formal education, but was schooled at home by governesses.  Art was her love, and she painted what she saw, such as the little animals she and her brother kept in their little schoolroom at home.  Mice, lizards, snakes, and birds became her subjects against quaint landscapes that were part of her everyday view.  In 1893, she created the picture story of Peter Rabbit for a little boy who she knew had been ill for some time.  In 1902, she printed 200 copies herself and sold them for a shilling each!  I love that PDub can escape 2010, and go to that special place where Beatrice once dwelled and hear her small English voice speak to him from the pages of these classics. I also love that he loves it.  Mama at Law will love that there are 23 Beatrix Potter books, so 19 more to go! 

Hippity Hoppity and Happy Halloween~

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