This weekend many of us celebrate Easter Sunday. We’ll wear our best suits and dresses as we may gather with family, friends, neighbors and fellow parishioners for an Easter service, an Easter egg hunt, and other activities throughout Sunday.
There will be no shortage of picture taking and plenty of admiring how adorable the children look in their clothes, carrying their brightly colored baskets, scurrying around looking for the hidden plastic eggs with the prizes inside. It’s always amazing how excited they become when they find one, even if there’s just a little piece of candy inside, we adults have to admire how happy they get at their accomplishments because after all, they did it all on their own. The journey was worth more than the prize.
We know not everyone will celebrate this way, but for those that do and can share this, the time is very special. These traditions are what become the memories that we bring with us as we grow into adults. Those memories of those happy moments stay with us forever and that’s a very special gift that one generation can give another.
Speaking of gifts and traditions, the ‘Tale of Peter Rabbit’ is a pretty popular tale to read to kids around Easter every year and has even been made into a stop animation movie in 1971 called, ‘Here Comes Peter Cottontail’. Now, it’s seen a renewed fame with a release of the new movie “Peter Rabbit”, which is already out in theaters.
Our Gift to You
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
One of the best-selling children’s books of all time, ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’, was written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, printed privately in 1901 and published in 1902. Potter created the character of Peter Rabbit in 1893 in a letter she wrote to amuse a sick child. She used the name of her own pet rabbit, Peter, whom she had trained to do tricks. She devised adventures for Peter and gave him a mother and three siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, in The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor’s Garden, with 42 black-and-white illustrations and a coloured frontispiece.
SUMMARY: Beatrix Potter’s most famous character is the hero, or perhaps anti-hero, of this, her first children’s book: Peter, the naughty little rabbit. Like many of her characters, he is based on her observations of the animals she kept at home or saw in the wild on holiday. Peter is far more adventurous than Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, and almost as soon as their mother has told them to avoid Mr. McGregor’s garden while she is out shopping because their father had an “accident” there and ended up in a pie, the disobedient little rabbit is squeezing himself under the garden gate to gorge himself on Mr. McGregor’s vegetables while the others obediently go up the lane to pick blackberries from the hedgerows. Mr. McGregor soon spots Peter near the cucumber frame and chases the terrified young rabbit all over the garden, where Peter manages to lose both his shoes and his little blue coat.
This classic book was widely translated, went through countless editions, and had more than 20 sequels featuring animal protagonists. The simple text was greatly enhanced by Potter’s delicate drawings of animals that were recognizably realistic woodland creatures despite their human-like clothing and homes.
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