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May 19 2020

Peter hops aboard by Katie Woolley

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Illus. by Eleanor Taylor. Puffin, 2020. ISBN: 9780241410813. Board book.
(Age: 0-5) Recommended. Based on Beatrix Potter's iconic characters and illustrations, the young child will happily follow Peter Rabbit and his family as they have a lovely picnic by the pond. Peter decides to build a raft and his family wants to help. Flopsy is good at plaiting reeds, Mopsy could find a stick for the mast, and Cotton-Tail could puff into the sail to push the boat along. However Peter decided that he could make his own raft without any assistance. Unfortunately it was flawed and began to sink. Indeed he needed to be rescued out of the water by Mr Jeremy Fisher, and discovered that his friends' expertise to make a raft that would not sink was essential. He just needed to ask for help.
Eleanor Taylor's illustrations reflect Potter's beautiful originals and make this book a lovely one to look at and examine. The rabbit family are done in gorgeous pastels and the young child will enjoy following the efforts of the rabbits to build a raft. On the way they will learn that sometimes it is best to use everyone's expertise to get a job done, and that it is always OK to ask for help.
Pat Pledger

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