3.27.2013

Say it with Beatrix Potter

I can think of little that pairs better with springtime than Beatrix Potter. So quaint and sweet. The perfect size to fit snugly in a toddlers hand.  Every time I read these, I discover something new and ingenious that I had never before noticed. When I asked my niece a question about Peter Rabbit last week, she told me with wide eyes filled with sympathy, "He fell down."  The pear tree of course, into Mr. McGregors garden.  The garden bed below was soft, but still.  A true horror to behold.  Some part of my dark side comes out when I read accounts of Mr. McGregor.  I love seeing children hide their eyes as he peers around the edge of a cucumber frame and start chasing after Peter. A child's first villain.  The most wholesome kind of fear, that makes one sigh with contented relief as Peter safely flops down upon the nice soft sand of his rabbit hole. It makes one so glad to have a home. Growing up we would receive one of these treasures in our Easter basket.  I think they make the perfect gift for any occasion really.


My list is bursting at the seams, that I can hardly bear it. But yesterday when I found these paper dolls, something told me things were going to turn out all right. Being overly sentimental can serve a person well, about one out of ten times.  The rest seem to set me up for disappointment. But this was one of those times.  And now off to find the perfect first course for Sunday.


My kind friend, Carter Higgins allowed me to guest post on her lovely blog, Design of the Picture Book. Check it out here!

6 comments:

rachel said...

Love those paper dolls!

Becca (OnceUponABookshelf) said...

I agree, Beatrix Potter and spring go together like peanut butter and jelly:) I loved them as a child too (still do, really). From Mrs. Tiggywinkle's washday song to Hunka Munka's wholesale pillaging of the dollhouse, they were all wonderful, and as you said, with enough of a "villain" or conflict element to them to make them interesting and not twee. Pure fabulousness. Never thought of putting them in Easter baskets, but I have a few stored away from my own childhood and one of them just might find it's way into my daughter's basket now:) Thanks for sharing!

Danzel @Silver Shoes and Rabbit Holes said...

Oh, those paper dolls are darling! I got my big Beatrix Potter treasury out a few weeks ago, when the weather was much more spring-like than it's been lately. Sadly, it was like pulling teeth to get my daughters to sit through Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny. I somehow dropped the ball on Beatrix Potter when they were younger.

I always read The Tailor of Gloucester around Christmas, though. There are definite winter stories in Potter's oeuvre, as well.

emswell said...

The pillaging scene is amazing! Hilarious :)

emswell said...

Maybe Jemima could woo them! That simpleton is quite funny :) I don't think you dropped the ball on anything!

emswell said...

And at the bargain price of 2.50!