The children and I are very much enjoying these new additions to our library. As usual, Peter has issues keeping his clothes together and manages to get completely soaked in both tales. In Peter Rabbit at the Farm he encounters several characters on his adventure after sneaking out of his home near Mr. McGregor's farm. Even though he seems to irritate a few of his fellow critters, Peter always manages to set things right. I like the personal courtesy expressed in Peter Rabbit's Birthday as Peter gets much more than he's bargaining for while traveling to personally invite his friends to his birthday party. The innocence with which he faces each encounter is inspiring, and the nostalgia seeps through the pages like a refreshing drink on a hot day.
As a family we read the stories together after our morning devotions, and my four-year-old even requests them at bedtime. It is so much fun to travel with Peter Rabbit on his journeys and adventures. They are excellent teaching tools and with Peter's vivid lessons and lively adventures could easily be used as the basis for a unit study. We will be using them on and off throughout our next school year as part of our values and virtues lessons. There is much to be learned from Peter Rabbit, and we are enjoying every minute spent inside these wonderfully written tales.