This is a collection of all short stories by Beatrix Potter, including her tales of Peter Rabbit. The stories are geared towards children and often feature personified animals. Occasionally the stories also feature children. If there are adults in the stories they seem to be the villain.
These stories were first published over a hundred years and you can tell. Some stories seem to withstand time, these do not. While I read some Beatrix Potter to my children, it never was something that I found enjoyable. Neither did my children seem to attach to the stories. However, when I read them all the way through as an adult I decided that I honestly do not enjoy them.
The stories are of animals who wear clothes, talk, and smoke. Yet, they are also treated as animals by the humans at the same time. It was an awkward distinction for me. Also, the stories never really seemed to go anware. The topics are awkward, one rabbit went to save his children from a fox who planned on eating them. Maybe if there was a point at the end it would be less weird. Yet, there is not. It is just tales of weird interactions.
I may be in the minority on my views of this book. Many others seem to treasure the tales. They are even being made into a movie. For me, these stories were not what I would pick to have still been around a hundred years later.
I really enjoy this series. It is a great way to learn about many historical and modern people. It is a great series for students to research an individual. For adults it is an interesting, and fast, way to learn something new about someone you find interesting.
I was excited to find out about Joanne Rowling. I had heard her story many times, and was uncertain if there would be anything new to learn in this book. However, considering I did not even know her first name is Joanne I figured I had a lot left to learn. I was correct. I only knew about a small portion of JK Rowling's life. It was fascinating, if you like Harry Potter at all then this is worth reading.
For those who read my reviews you know that I am not a huge fan of rhyming. It is hard to rhyme well. I tried to just ignore it, but there were too many times in this book were it just led to ackward word and sentence combinations just to keep with the rhyming scheme. It took away from the amazing content in the book. Also, at times it went a bit too much into Harry Potter and not enough focus on JK Rowling. Although, I know that this is hard because the two are pretty much synonymous.
I am really glad I picked up this book. I learned a lot about one of my favorite authors. It was an interesting look into her background, her struggle to become a published author, and her life after.
The Inspiring Tale of Wilma Rudolph makes the claim of being for readers from one to hundred. This is a very bold claim, one that this book surprisingly delivers on.
The book is a picture book that is 51 pages long. Each page has four lines of text and utilizes an A,A,B,B rhyming technique. This means the first and second lines rhyme together and the third and fourth lines rhyme together. If you have read my other reviews then you know that I am not a huge fan of rhyming. It is often not pulled off well. Random words are added to satisfy the rhyming sequence, and even the order of information can be altered. Rhyming just is not worth it. It is no exception in this book. The rhyming sequence did nothing to add to the book. After the first few pages I just did my best to ignore it completely.
The pictures are colorful, but are more of a clip art collection with some pictures thrown in. I enjoyed that the book is different. It is very colorful, and the words are presented on wood panels to offset it from the backgrounds. I do wish that more actual pictures were included, it would have been a big asset to the book.
I picked the book on Wilma Rudolph because I wanted to know more about her. I am happy to say that I now know a lot more about her. The book is full of content that was interesting to me as an adult, but I still fill it would be appropriate for a child. That is a hard combination to reach, but Locker did reach it. I found out many aspects of Rudolph's life from her childhood, her professional career as an olympian, and even after she retired. It is amazing what she overcame to get where she did. I really wish that there was a bit more on the fact that she was an african american women athlete in a time when there was still segregation. It was touched on, but only briefly.
As an adult this series is a great way to get a brief overview of someone's life. I could see this series being a great edition to a home library to give children information about a wide variety of individuals. However, the books will stand alone if you want to buy one for someone your child is interested in knowing more about.
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