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The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson, the marvelous British actress we all know and love (did you see her in the Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing? Fabulous as Beatrice!) has written a book: The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit.

I can think of fewer challenges more intimidating and daunting than writing a follow-up to anything by the amazing Beatrix Potter. Thompson agreed, but couldn’t resist the invitation – the clever publisher, Frederick Warne (who published Potter as well), rather than sending a dry form letter to Thompson, lured her with a mysterious package, ostensibly from Peter Rabbit himself, containing one nibbled radish leaf and an entreaty to please write a new adventure for the bunny. Thompson was charmed, and in her words, “completely tricked”.

The spark for The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Potter’s first and arguably most famous story, was ignited in 1893 when Potter wrote a letter to Noel Moore, the ill child of her former governess. To entertain the boy, Potter wrote a letter about four bunny rabbits – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter, and their mother. She illustrated the letter with sketches. Now, to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the book’s publication, Thompson has produced this new story, with some familiar elements – Peter is still sneaking into Mr. McGregor’s garden for forbidden treats. But this time, Peter gets to visit Scotland.

When asked whether she might delve into some of Potter’s other characters, Thompson hinted that there might be an adventure with Benjamin Bunny on the horizon. Maybe.

via The Telegraph

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