Children’s Book Week: Giveaway Hop & Review of Peter Rabbit with Activity

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday, so stay tuned for a great picture book review and activity AND a chance to vote for your favorite jingle.

But first, I want to share something else that is quite special.

Guess what! May 13-19 is Children’s Book Week! Helping every child become a reader and lover of books is a goal held by many of us.

To help celebrate, Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are hosting an awesome GIVEAWAY blog hop.

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

Did I say this was an AWESOME blog hop?  Dozens and dozens of book-loving bloggers will be participating. You can join by doing a post and giveaway and linking up OR you can visit any or all of the blogs on the link-up and enter for a chance to win each prize!

My giveaway will consist of  a copy of my book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking. This is the book I will be sharing at the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content and, with the end of school approaching, it is a wonderful resource that will provide fun-filled educational self-esteem-building activities that will keep your kids entertained and learning, all summer long!

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

I’ll also include a pad of construction paper, a pair of safety scissors, a glue stick and a package of markers…all you will need in order to do many of the simple projects shown in my book. To top off the prize, I’ll put a brand-new classic picture book in the envelope.

Enter to win my prize package (US residents only…sorry…that is because of the cost of postage)! Just leave a comment on this post. If you’d like to follow me on Twitter or be a fan of my Show Me How page on Facebook, please click on the social media buttons near the bottom right of the banner at the top of this page.

Here’s the link-up link in case you would like to join…or visit the other blogs to enter to win the prizes they are each offering:

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Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Head over to Mother Daughter Book Reviews for all the posting/giveaway details…don’t miss this great opportunity to participate by joining the link-up or entering to win the prizes.

You’ve been quite patient…here is my Perfect Picture Book Friday review.

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop and Peter Rabbit Review

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter

Opening lines: “Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter. They lived with their Mother in a sandbank, underneath the root of a very big fir tree.”

Age: 3 and up

Themes: Responsibility, misbehavior and consequences,  sibling interaction, respecting others

Publisher: Originally published by Frederick Warne in 1902, The Tale of Peter Rabbit has been republished dozens of times…the latest edition commemorates the 110th anniversary of the book.


From Amazon: “The quintessential cautionary tale, Peter Rabbit warns naughty children about the grave consequences of misbehaving. When Mrs. Rabbit beseeches her four furry children not to go into Mr. McGregor’s garden, the impish Peter naturally takes this as an open invitation to create mischief. He quickly gets in over his head, when he is spotted by farmer McGregor himself. Any child with a spark of sass will find Peter’s adventures remarkably familiar. And they’ll see in Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail that bane of their existence: the “good” sibling who always does the right thing. One earns bread and milk and blackberries for supper, while the obstinate folly of the other warrants medicine and an early bedtime.”

Why I like this book

·       Wonderful read-aloud

·       Classic charming illustrations

·       Cautionary tale that EVERY child will relate to

·       A story that has stood the test of time – OVER 100 YEARS and still going strong!

·       Fellow picture book writers and illustrators will appreciate the fact that this story started out as a letter to the child of a friend of Ms. Potter. Several years later, she was encouraged to turn the letter into a book. She was a woman…at the turn of the last century when most women did not have the rights and opportunities that many have these days…she didn’t have 12×12, PiBoIdMo, SubSix…but she did it anyway!

How parents can use this book:

·       Wonderful read-aloud…please, please, please read with your child EVERY DAY! A few minutes is all it takes!

·       Perfect story for a child who has a hard time staying out of trouble.

·       Shows how important it is to listen to your mother!!!!

·       Good springboard for a discussion on respecting the property of others

·       Highlights how too much of even a good thing (carrots, lettuce, etc) can be bad for us.

Related Activities:


Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop and Peter Rabbit Review

For step-by-step instructions:

More rabbit crafts here:

Plant carrot, lettuce or other vegetable seeds in containers or in the garden.

Official Peter Rabbit website:

Fascinating information about the life of Ms. Potter:

For more wonderful picture book reviews, please visit children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill where you will find over 1000 categorized picture book reviews…and dozens of new ones every Friday.



About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on May 9, 2013, in Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop, Paper plate bunny craft, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Book Review and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 54 Comments.

  1. I recently read a bunch of Beatrix Potter tales with my kids and they were shocked at the consequences the little ones faced for misbehaving! They laughed at the misadventures and knew when the young ones were getting in trouble by not being too smart, but they thought the adults were mean in the way they handled it. How times have changed (for the better, mostly, I think).


    • It is interesting, Milka. And I love how you and your sons actually discuss stuff. :)Some of the newer children’s books are the same…I was thinking they were ‘dark’ and somewhat inappropriate (like Mo Willems ‘Goldilocks and the 3 Dinosaurs’ where they lure her with chocolate pudding and want to eat a girl bon bon)…but then I looked at some of the Grimm’s (yes, they were definitely grim:) Fairy Tales…and even Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes…talk about DARK and Scary…parents abandoning their kids, feeding poison to people you don’t like, locking young people up in dungeons or towers…Yikes! So now I am looking at these newer books with different eyes…and am appreciating them more.:)


      • Haha, my kids and I loved that Mo Willems book, it was very funny! I hear you about children’s stories being horrific. My mom gave us the little red riding hood in French, the original story, and at the end the girl gets eaten, that’s it. My kids were shocked nobody rescued her or the grandmother. I think Peter Rabbit getting beaten with a stick got the better end of the deal!


        • It looks like I didn’t reply to your awesome comment, Milka! The old Mother Goose and Grimm’s tales were quite dark and scary, for the most part…amazing! Little Red Riding Hood in French…lovely.:)


    • So true, Milka…but perhaps some parents are too lenient and need to be more consistent about the rules they do set.:)


    • I looked at the whole Perfect Picture Book resource list on Ms. Hill’s blog…and did not see that Peter Rabbit had been done yet. It is such a classic, I just had to add it to the list. 🙂


  2. Wow, we were in sore need of some Beatrix Potter on PPBF!


  3. LOVELOVELOVE this book! I can’t believe we haven’t had Beatrix Potter on PPBF – so many good ones, but I really think this is my favorite, because it reminds me of being little and having my mom and grandmother read it to me 🙂 Wonderful activities! Thanks for adding this one to our list!


    • Glad you are happy to have it on the PPBF resource list, Susanna! I rely on the others to come up with the new books…I guess I’ll be the finder of classic picture books that somehow missed getting reviewed. 🙂


  4. Yay Peter Rabbit! Can;t believe it hadn’t been done already! Love the cover illustration. Beautiful! Thanks Vivian for a lovely review.


    • I know most of the other PPBF people review the newer books…which is great for me as it helps me keep abreast of what is out there now. And it leaves many of the classics (which I LOVE) for me to review. 🙂 Glad you like it, Diane. I’m looking forward to critique posting on the 15th. 🙂


  5. Peter Rabbit was one of absolute favorites as a kid. My favorite line was “It was a blue jacket with brass buttons, quite new.” My dad often tells us how he would try to skip some pages at bedtime and we would all protest because we knew exactly what came next. I used to read it to my older son when he was very very tiny, because the story was so soothing to me. Another Beatrix Potter favorite of mine is Two Bad Mice where some mice try to live in a doll house.


    • I’m so happy you stopped by, Alicia! What a lovely comment…I appreciate you sharing how much this story meant to you as a child…and even as an adult. How awesome that you read to your son when he was ‘very, very tiny’…the absolutely best habit we can start. 🙂 Are you coming from the Kid Lit Blog Hop? I need to visit all the other blogs…will try to do that today.


  6. I do love this book. Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter should be household names. Thanks for the sweet memory, Vivian!


  7. I loved the story of Peter Rabbit as a child. Yes, thanks for a walk down memory lane. Love Beatrix Potter. Great choice.


  8. These books are amazing. I’m glad you are recommending them for a whole new generation.


  9. Our Little Princesses are just discovering Peter Rabbit! It is such a treat! Thanks for sharing!


  10. Wow! Such great ideas. Thanks for sharing.


  11. What an awesome giveaway! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win it.


  12. I haven’t thought about Peter Rabbit for a long time! Thishas inspired me to get it out and share it with the kids! We may even do some of the fun crafts!!

    What a fabulous giveaway- thank you for your generous offering! 🙂


    • Hi Lexie,
      Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment…glad my Peter Rabbit review has inspired you to read it with the kids. 🙂 I’m excited to participate in the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop…I’ll try to get over to visit every on the list!


  13. This books sounds great! I really do believe those things can build self esteem!

    Also wanted to personally invite you to enter my children’s book giveaway (I guess I just missed the cut off for this link up)…


    • I’m all about using picture books to build self-esteem. 🙂

      Sorry you missed the cut-off for the hop, Ann. But I’m so happy you stopped by here…and I’m thrilled you gave me your url…what a super blog you have…and I LOVE the book you are giving away. Native American Indian history should be a required subject in the schools here…perhaps kids would have a better appreciation and understanding of the importance of the nature and the negative impact that humans make on it.


  14. Suzie Williams

    I remember Peter Rabbit as a child. Very cute paper plate craft too.


    • It’s one of those oldies but goodies.:) Glad you liked the paper plate craft, Suzie and I’m so happy you stopped by for the blog hop! Hope you come back again…every Friday I review a picture book and team it up with a simple craft project…once in a while a child-friendly recipe. 🙂


  15. What a wonderful giveaway! Love your post and new blog name. The bunny is adorable!


  16. The Show Me How book looks really fun to not only teach the kids but also give them quality time with their parents as well working together. Thanks for the chance to win!


    • Thanks for ‘hopping’ by, Gretta. The book is the one I wish I’d had when I was teaching kindergarten and when my own children’s were growing up…it definitely makes planning quality time and fun time easier for mom! Good luck in the giveaway!


  17. nicole krutz

    what an awesome giveaway! this would be great for my boys! i like to keep them thinking over the summer so that hopefully they don’t lose what they learned throughout the school year too much! thank you!

    qtksjkmommy at gmail dot com


  18. These are lovely ideas and a great review, but I’m in the UK, so just wanted to wish you luck with your book and giveaway!


    • Thank you SOOOO much for stopping by and for the good wishes, Jemima. I’ve done other giveaways that were worldwide…but the postage makes it so expensive…and this time I’m including the art supplies…so it would be even more. I Skyped yesterday with an author from the UK…we are part of a panel for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content that takes place next week…quite a few speakers are coming from the UK. 🙂


    • Just realized I had already visited your giveaway post, Jemima! Thanks for the great giveaway…the books look amazing!


  19. What a great prize pack! Would love to win


  20. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    Great Giveaway! I’m in Canada, so I can’t enter, but I’m happy to tweet about it. Thanks for joining us in the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop!

    Be sure to check out our Kid Lit Question of the Day. This week we are talking about the category of books, YA.


    • It was a great hop, Renee…thanks for hosting it. I’m only sorry I wasn’t able to get over to all of the wonderful bloggers who participated…I’ve been busy getting ready for my trip to Singapore.


  21. What a great prize pack!


  22. This sounds like an awesome resource! I’d love to be entered! Thanks!


    • Hi Alex!
      So glad you hopped over and entered! I visited your blog and I LOVE your ‘about me’…3 books in 3 days and it started you on this amazing journey…yes, it is amazing!!!! And wonderful!!! 🙂


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