Friday, 9 September 2016

Five On Friday

Hello again everyone!!  So great to see you again.  Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who returned and took part last week.  It was wonderful to see you, to read your posts and your comments and to see you popping around to visit each other.  It was a real bright spot to get home after a long day and see that so many of you had joined in.  Thank you!

I loved being able to read and comment on your posts over the weekend.  It took me three days I think to get there, but I was so pleased to be able to do it.

Thank you too for your comments on my posts this week and for returning back to my blog after my absence and then all the gloom that followed.  I really do appreciate you!  I am trying to get back to getting to take time to read and comment on your blogs so you should start to see me popping up in the comments again if you haven't already.

My post today is about just one thing.  But with a five at the end.

What is it?

A new book!  I have had so many new books lately, it is a good thing that my reading has stepped up too, but this one really is very special.

If you have been a long time reader of my blog you might now that I am a great fan of Beatrix Potter and have been collecting the 100th anniversary editions of her little books telling the tales of all the characters she invented.  Sadly though I will not be able to collect all of the anniversary editions because a new book has just been published, that was intended to be one of the little books, but was never published as Beatrix Potter never finished the book.  So there will not be an anniversary edition in my lifetime for me to collect!

The book is called The Tale of Kitty In Boots.  It was indeed written by Beatrix Potter, but the illustrations were not completed.  The book was found again 2015 and was sent to the great illustrator Quentin Blake - you may know his work from the Roald Dahl books that he worked on - to produce a series of illustrations for the book so that it could be published.  Potter wrote the book in 1914 so I guess it is an anniversary of a kind - just a bit late!


Anyway, to get the point.  The book has now been illustrated and published and last week I received my copy to add to my - ever growing! - collection of Beatrix Potter books.  I am so excited. 

So my five things.

1. A great read
2. A great addition to my library of books
3. A wonderful tribute to Potter
4. A great addition to the work of Quentin Blake.
5. A good start to a couple more Beatrix Pottery posts that I will have coming up in the weeks to come.

That is it really, just a little book.  One that I am very excited about though!!

As always, thank you for taking part, for your comments and most of all for going and visiting the other participants.

Have a great weekend and love each other and those around you!

Amy

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42 comments:

  1. How wonderful to have a collection of anniversary editions of the Beatrix Potter books. They are so charming. This "new" book looks interesting and makes a great addition to your collection. Have a good week, Amy, and thanks for hosting Five on Friday.

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  2. Good morning, dear Amy!
    Thank you for this interesting post. Blake may not be my favourite illustrator, but he's an incredibly versatile writer and illustrator.
    I hope your weekend will be happy and relaxing. Big hugs! xx

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  3. Good morning Amy, so happy to have FOF back again. This little book has a lot to live up to but I'm sure will be right at home in your Beatrix Potter collection. Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
    Maggie

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  4. Hi Amy, we really need to thank you for hosting such a wonderful, friendly place to share our blogs and meet lovely people from all over. I loved reading about your new book and the history behind it. Have a wonderful Friday. Pat xx

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  5. I have never been a ardent fan of Ms Potter, but your posts about her and her literary works have created a desire now for me to find out about her. She would be thrilled, no doubt, to know she is so well thought of so long after her life has passed.

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  6. I didn't realise there was another Potter book written; how lovely. I too have lots of her books form early childhood days. I will be off to look for the new one. Thanks for hosting again Amy :) B

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  7. I hadn't heard about the new Beatrix Potter book so it was great to see it. A great idea to get Quentin Blake to do the illustrations. Have a good weekend x

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  8. There was a lovely programme on Channel 4 made by Patricia Routledge showing the original script and talking to the archivist - she followed in Beatrix's footsteps and talked to Quentin Blake too - if you didn't see it and have time, do watch it, you would enjoy it I am sure.
    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/beatrix-potter-with-patricia-routledge/on-demand/61876-001

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  9. Good morning Amy, it looks like a lovely book-treasure. I like B. Potter too and when it's out in German, will try to get it. Even because I'm a cat-lover...
    My best wishes and greetings from Germany

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  10. Hi Amy, I too love Beatrix Potter books and her illustrations. I must admit I am not always so keen on Quentin Blake's illustrations but am pleased that this edition has been published. Have you been to Mottisfont to see the Beatrix Potter exhibition? I haven't yet and I am not sure I am going to make it now as it finishes on 18th September. xx

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  11. I'm not sure what Beatrix Potter would have thought of the choice of illustrator for her new book. I find his drawings to be scary and not what I expect from a Beatrix Potter book. But maybe they will attract a new generation of readers.

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  12. I never heard of this book. I know a book in German with the same title, but that's from the Grimm Brothers ! And that's quite old !

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  13. I love Bertix Potter and one day I may start a collection for the guest room the illustrations are always brilliant, remind me of the Milly Molly Mandy books, remember them :-)

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  14. I understand how thrilled you are with this new Potter! Happy reading!

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  15. Hello Amy, I had not heard of this new Potter book and what a wonderful find. I will try to find and read it too. The first story I remember my mother reading to me was Peter Rabbit; so special.

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  16. I can remember some of the Beatrix Potter stories from my childhood, mostly from school, but I wasn't a massive fan of them. My family were more into Winnie to Pooh and all those lovely stories.

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  17. Quentin Blake is a great illustrator. There's always a lot going on in his illustrations. They are a lot of fun so it's interesting that he has been involved in the new Beatrix Potter book. Enjoy the new addition to your collection!

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  18. I love Beatrix Potter and Quintin Blake so may have to add this new Potter book to my wish list! It will be a great addition to your collection Amy, enjoy reading it.

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  19. Oh how wonderful. I do love Beatrix Potter but I only own a couple of them. The Tailor of Gloucester is my all time favourite. I wondered if the new one would be good. I doubt if I'll buy it, but I'd like to read it.

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  20. How lovely, I didn't know that a new Beatrix Potter book had been released, and illustrated by Quentin Blake too, though I think his illustrations are very different to Beatrix Potter's so it will be interesting to see them.

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  21. I saw that book in Waterstones this week and had a jolly good browse - it's beautiful. I do love Beatrix Potter and can't think of anyone better to illustrate this book. Lacking her own inimitable illustrations, it doesn't quite have the same feel, but it's lovely nonetheless. Enjoy. xx

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  22. Wonderful sweet book! A combination of two greats!
    Happy weekend Amy!

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  23. I have quite a collection from when my children were young. My grandchildren are enjoying them now. I am happy to hear of this new one. Thanks for hosting!

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  24. yay for you on your new book...i used to collect old children's books a long time back but haven't added anything to my collection in a long time.

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  25. How lovely to have this book for your collection, it looks wonderful:)

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  26. What a fun post! I love Beatrix Potter. Lucky you to be able to collect the anniversary editions. I had no idea about The Kitty In Boots. I'll have to go looking! Happy Friday and Thank You for hosting.

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  27. Now you have me going and I'll have to add this new found book to my collection. We bought our first full set of Beatrix Potter little books in 1973 in London and had them shipped home to us. Hope you have a lovely weekend Amy!

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  28. So lovely what a lost treasure
    Clare xx

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  29. Oh how wonderful! I am so glad they printed this "lost" edition! What a lovely thing to collect...Beatrix Potter books. I read them to my daughter and grandson. Always have loved them. What a wonderful post!

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  30. I think I've still got a collection of very play worn BP books that my daughter used to find in charity shops. I loved the old cloth covers (not many came with their dust jackets). We were big BP fans and visited Hill Top with the children. When my daughter was three years old I cross-stitched for her bedroom a picture of that bad mouse Hunca Munca with her babies tucked up in a wicker cradle. I even found an old wicker cradle for my daughter's babies which is now up in the loft with the books - I hope I kept the books!

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  31. Hello, Amy,
    I did not know of this new Potter book was released. Thank you for showing the lovely book here!!
    I am pleased to join Five on Friday again. Thank you for hosting. I hope you have a good weekend.

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  32. I shall have to look for this little beauty.

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  33. I too shall look for the kitty book! thanks!

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  34. I'll bet the story is wonderful, but I'm not a big fan of the illustration. Nonetheless, it is nice to add to our library, especially when it's building on an existing collection.
    Have a wonderful weekend Amy!

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  35. One book and so much fun! I like Quentin Blake; some of his illustrations were my favourite ones to use at school.

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  36. While I love the illustrations of Beatrix Potter and have probably seen Blake's work before, I do not remember it as I do Beatrix's work. I'm glad you have a new book to enjoy, and I hope you will have a good weekend, Amy. Somehow, this week I did not have Five on Friday to share but will hope to join in next week in publishing Five and meanwhile will visit others' blogs to see what Five they shared today :) xx

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  37. What a special addition for your collection! I have just one BP book "Mrs. Tiggywinkle", but it's very special to me as my grandmother gave it to me (she died when I was five). Quentin Blake is a wonderful illustrator, but so very different from Ms. Potter. I wonder how the book will be received overall. Have a great weekend Amy, and hope things are going as well as they can. Hugs to you!
    Wendy xox

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  38. What a lovely project for Mr. Blake. It must be satisfying beyond belief.

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  39. Oh love this Amy! And what a wonderful thing to collect. ;) Enjoy it dear Friend! I'm sure it will be excellent - anything by her is so great!

    Blessings on your weekend - time to put up your feet and gobble up that book. xoxo

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  40. Oh Amy, I am SOOOO jealous! I am hoping to find a copy in my stocking in December. Thank you for hosting Five on Friday, and well done for making the time to do it with everything you have on your plate at the moment. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. x

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  41. Wow Amy, what a nice collection. I didn't even know about Beatrix Potter until I was an adult, and I happened to turn on the tv on Easter morning one year. I fell in love in an instant and bought all of the little cartoon 'video tapes' and a little cd to sing along with the tunes! I made sure my nieces and the two little boys I watched knew all about her, and Peter Rabbit, and I made them sing along! The boys 'loved it'! NOT!
    Thank you for hosting Five on Friday. I'm off to visit some blogs.

    Cindy Bee

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  42. I'd never heard of this. That's what I love about Blogland, always learning something new.
    Lisa x

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