The World of Peter Rabbit

by Holly on April 17, 2014

Have I ever mentioned my love for Beatrix Potter and all things Peter Rabbit? If not, there is no time like spring and Easter!

A reader recently wrote asking for my favorite books for toddlers and preschoolers.

I have a huge list, and one I will compile soon, but the 23 books in the collection of The World of Peter Rabbit are probably my favorite.

I love them for the way Beatrix Potter uses big words children enjoy such as “superfluous” and “hospitable.” Her way with words continues to delight children over 100 years after she wrote them. My boys savor the illustrations and the description of the animals. I love that Peter’s mother gives him chamomile tea at bedtime and that Benjamin Bunny’s mother sells spices and rabbit tobacco (lavender). I love the size of the books- perfect for little hands, and I love the timelessness of these stories.

We all adore the two bad mice.

Here is my complete collection of Beatrix Potter books from when I was a little girl.

Complete beatrix potter collectiopn


I have such sweet memories of my parents reading these to me.

P.S. Beatrix Potter’s life was fascinating.  There was a film based on it that came out a few years ago- Miss Potter – about her struggle for love, happiness and success. Check it out if you love a good biopic!



Tree Huggers

by Holly on April 14, 2014

Recently while having a picnic in a park with friends, I heard a woman start yelling at our children. Then she asked me, “Are those your kids, the ones trying to destroy the tree?” To which I calmly responded, “They aren’t destroying it. They are climbing it.”

Deep breath.

Deep breath.

Anyway, hasn’t she read The Giving Tree? Trees love to give and give and give to children.

I am a tree hugger. I love trees. My children are being taught not to deliberately hurt any living thing, be it a tree or a roly-poly. This scenario upset me because a woman took it upon herself to reprimand kids whose mothers were ten feet away from them.

It also got me thinking- no wonder children today have what Richard Louv in his incredible book Last Child in the Woods calls “Nature Deficit Disorder.”

Kids who see a perfectly good tree to climb, collect nuts off of, and who want to just explore its wonder and beauty, should have the freedom to do it.


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