Monday, July 8, 2013

Ne'er do Well Bunny Meets Giant Radish

Summer Reading continues in July at each branch of the library. Kids are encouraged to “dig into reading.”  One way to “dig in” is to listen to or read the stories of Peter Rabbit and other creatures written an illustrated by Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny were two of my childhood favorites. For those who can’t get enough of Peter Rabbit, try The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit written by Emma Thompson and illustrated in the style of Beatrix Potter by Eleanor Taylor. Peter has many new adventures including a run-in with a giant radish.
Besides writing books, Beatrix Potter was an accomplished artist and keen observer of the natural world. Older children might enjoy The Country Artist: A Story About Beatrix Potter by David R. Collins. The world of Peter Rabbit and friends comes to life in Tales of Beatrix Potter (DVD) through the magic of music and dance performed by England’s Royal Ballet company. The whole family can enjoy the bio-pic Miss Potter (Rated PG) starring Renee Zellweger as the plucky young author and Ewan McGregor as the young publisher who understands her vision.
About the radish – the local farmer’s markets are carrying gorgeous radishes right now. In the English tradition – slice them thin and put them between two slices of bread spread with butter and a little pinch of sugar or salt. With crusts or without, slice the bread into triangles for a treat fit for little bunnies. Or if your young ones doesn’t like them raw, cut off the greens (sauté or roast the greens separately), cut the radishes in half, sprinkle with salt and a little olive oil and roast over the coals or in 450 degree oven for about 18 minutes. For a complete recipe check out the library’s April 2013 copy of Bon Appetite magazine or visit One taste of roasted radishes and Radish will be synonymous with delicious!

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