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  • Stolzi@aol.com
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    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 7, 2001
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      Peter Gets Caught
      In a Makeover:
      Old Story, New Tail
      Beatrix Potter's signature character gets Disneyfied down.

      Friday, September 7, 2001 12:01 a.m. EDT

      Poor Peter Rabbit. He has bigger things to worry about than Mr. McGregor, the
      curmudgeonly gardener who goes after him every time he steals in for a quick
      radish. These days, it's the people on his own side of the fence, his
      publishers, who pose the greatest threat.

      Next year will mark the centenary of Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter
      Rabbit," the first of nearly two-dozen children's stories she wrote and
      illustrated. Penguin Books is planning a twofold celebration. Frederick Warne
      (her original publisher and now a Penguin subdivision) will reissue 23
      stories, some with illustrations by Potter that had been dropped from later
      editions of her work.

      But Penguin will also launch "Peter Rabbit Seedlings," a series of
      adaptations aimed at the infant-toddler market, for which it has commissioned
      an artist to redraw Peter. The new version will have heavier outlines, darker
      clothing and fur, and a younger mien, to show him in a "more dynamic light,
      doing things that children now want their book characters to be doing," as a
      Penguin spokesman told the London Independent. Kids, say hello to the Mighty
      Morphin Power Rabbit.
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