The Blurb On The Back:
It’s Easter, and Mopsy is hopping through the woods on a beautiful spring day!
She comes across chicks, ducklings, lambs and other friendly springtime animals.
When Mopsy and her sisters arrive at Peter’s Easter picnic, they find a special surprise! What could it be?
THE WORLD OF PETER RABBIT – PETER’S FIRST EASTER was released in the United Kingdom on 2nd February 2023. Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.
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The Review (Cut For Spoilers):
Mopsy is playing in the forest on a sunny Easter day and sees all kinds of things like ducklings and lambs and dormice before meeting up with her brother Peter who has a special Easter surprise for her and her two sisters.
This tie-in pop-up counting picture book set in Beatrix Potter’s World of Peter Rabbit with text by Katie Woodley and illustrations by Eleanor Taylor is specially designed as a tie-in with Easter. The pop up flaps are fun and Taylor’s illustrations true to Potter’s originals but it’s misleading for this to be advertised as a Peter Rabbit story when he doesn’t figure until the final page although this will help younger readers learn to count to 5.
There isn’t much in the way of story here. Mopsy and her sisters are in the forest and see a number of different animals, which helps younger readers to get the hang of counting up to 5. However it starts off with the suggestion that Mopsy and her sisters are just playing but ends with them going to a party put on by Peter Rabbit and I just wanted a bit of a connection there to join it all up.
Taylor’s illustrations are very true to Beatrix Potter’s originals and I liked the design of the book with the pop up flaps, which are always a bit of fun and will keep very young readers interested. There’s an Easter egg on each double page, which will also give young readers something extra to look for and is a neat bit of fun that ties back in with the Easter theme.
Ultimately this is a solid first counting book and if you’re looking for something special for Easter, then it’s worth a look. Saying that, however, I have to say I wasn’t sure why the Easter theme was necessary here other than to give it a definite marketing hook. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, but it does limit its use to a very narrow time period.