I love to read. Since I love to read I have been reading to my kiddos from the very beginning in the hopes that they too will love to read. Once in a while we find a good book (or two, lol) that we love and will read them over and over again. This is what happened when we were given Peter Rabbit at the Farm and Peter Rabbit’s Christmas from Kinder Cottage Publishing to review.
First off, the books have beautiful pictures that have been lovingly restored from the original pictures from the Henry Altemus Company from the early 20th century. That alone is a treat to see in these books! The words have been updated to reflect the more common words in todays language, which makes it easier to read straight through verses having to stop and explain what each word means.
Each book is hard backed for sturdiness and durability. I have mentioned before, I am a lover of hard backed books, they simply hold up better under the rigorous pressures of little children. The colorful binding makes it easy for my kiddos to find these books on our shelves, which is a great way to entice the little people to read more.
The books are smaller then most books you might find in the stores. These books are 5 inches by 7 inches, a tad smaller than most of the books we have but are a pretty great fit in my younger ones little hands. These books are just right for 3 to 9 year olds. They are still in the range that reading aloud is awesome and the older ones can read them on their own if they want.
The stories have larger typeface for easier reading, which was perfect for my daughter that is still in the earlier stages of reading well by herself. Each book that I received has a total of 64 pages. The books are laid out that there are words on the left page and a correlating picture on the right page. I loved this part of the books because from past experiences it is much easier to sit side by side and have the children looking at the picture while I read the words. My children love that I read aloud to them, but the many, many pictures in each book was a wonderful change from them always trying to imagine the characters and what is happening in the story.
Peter Rabbit at the Farm was throughly enjoyable. The children loved his adventurous spirit and where completely entranced by his antics! The best part for them was the part of the story where Peter got his clothes wet and he had to hide behind the bushes while his clothing dried. They loved the numerous animals that Peter encountered on the farm and every time I read the name Goosie Poosie, I thought they were going to crack up! Since the initial reading we have read this story a bunch of times. We are all thrilled that we have added this new book into our collection.
Peter Rabbit’s Christmas was a delightful story. All but my youngest knows the true identity of Santa Claus but that made little difference to my older children. We enjoyed reading about the kindness of the little girl that found Peter on the side of the road. That was a nice change from the rotten things most children would have done to a little rabbit. The kids loved that fact that Peter got to go Santa’s workshop and that he made such a mess out of all of the toys there. The shiny red car was their favorite because it created some fun and slightly terrible issues. I liked the part that even after all of the confusion and mess, Santa was kind enough to give Peter some gifts to give to his sisters and mother.
I believe that Kinder Cottage Publishing is on an amazing journey by creating and reprinting stories. My most favorite part of this review is that I can totally afford to make more purchases from this company. The back of each of these books states the price as $12.95 but the company actually offers them for only $4.00 a book! I am so excited about that fact that I have already budgeted in for the rest of the Peter Rabbit stories!
Each book may have 64 pages but it is a fairly quick read. We read each book for bedtime and then numerous other times during the day. The books are wonderful for a few minutes of quiet or those few minutes to settle before bed. I encourage you to visit the site to find out more about all of the books that they have to offer.
I hope you enjoyed this review and take a moment to visit the site and read what the other members of the Review Crew had to say about some of the other books in the Peter Rabbit series.
In His Grace.
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