Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Beatrix Potter's Stories Online

If you are a fan of Beatrix Potter, then you will enjoy Storytime provided by Potter's publisher Frederick Warne & Co Limited. Potter has been a staple in most children's reading experiences for some time. Between the illustrations and simple stories of life in the Lake District you can't go wrong with one of her short tales. Warne's site includes several of Potter's tales along with audio narration. The format is very pleasing to the eye and easy to use. Once you select the tale you follow along with the text as it is narrated. The layout is as if you are reading the book and viewing the illustrations while turning the page when you are ready. My favorites are The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and The Tailor of Gloucester. (Click on one of the titles and hear the tale for yourself.)

Another place to try would be Kids Corner featured by Wired for Books from Ohio University online. At Kids Corner you will find many of Potter's tales with their original illustrations. You can either read them page by page or listen to an audio version (without illustrations). Either way Storytime or Kids Corner are good places to go when the these classic tales are all checked out from the library. You can also find at Kids Corner selected Fairy Tales from The Brothers Grimm and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The Free Library by Farlex also includes a number of the Potter tales as well, but does not include illustrations.

Enjoy the afternoon with a tale or two.



Blogger Frema said...

I love Beatrix Potter! One of my favorites is "The Tale of a Very Bad Rabbit." When I was a kid, I thought it was so scary. :)

9:10 AM  
Blogger Lost A Sock said...

It's so funny that you are discussing these stories online, because Kevin and I were just discussing online childrens books the other day. Great to have them at your fingertips, but really, nothing compares to a good old paper book in hands. :0)

11:09 PM  
Blogger PJ Librarian said...

Your right! The best book is one that can have its pages turned by hand and cuddled up with. But, it is nice to know that there are some things available quickly, if only to remember a particular phrase or oddity that slips the mind.

2:18 PM  

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