Appley Dapply - Read Aloud Edition by Beatrix Potter

Appley Dapply - Read Aloud Edition

By Beatrix Potter

  • Release Date: 2011-09-21
  • Genre: Nursery Rhymes
Score: 4
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Your pre-schooler will delight at the gentle animations and charming narration of this classic.  Award winning actress Emma Fielding reads Appley Dapply and other nursery rhymes.  The original Beatrix Potter illustrations are freshly animated and guaranteed to charm young children.

From the Series Preface:

When I was three years old my mother told me I had to start calling her Mrs. Stack.  That year Mrs. Stack, formerly Mom, became my pre-school teacher every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning.  My mother taught pre-school for forty-six years. I was in her class for two years.

I grew up with thousands of children’s books.  Late every summer Mom would drive to the public library and return with boxes and boxes of children’s books;  new books, classic books, dumb books, dumbo books, Suess books, non-suess books, picture books, fairy tales, soft books, inflatable books, miniature books, strange books. For years I wondered why everyone else was only able to withdraw five books at a time, when Mom was taking home books by the station wagon.  And not returning them until Spring.

Every night, without fail, after spending all day with dozens of three and four year olds my mother would read to me with the joy and enthusiasm of a new mother to her only child, at least until I was five and was introduced to the concept of sisters.  In the first four years of my life I’m quite sure that she read me at least a thousand different books.

Among my favorites were Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit books. They were little books, easy to hold, the perfect size for my little hands. The pictures were soothing, quiet, and happy.

But there was just enough adventure for young rabbits and little boys. Mr. McGregor and others provided ample dramatic tension, but not so much as to trouble my sleep.
So I am delighted to be able to publish these digital versions of Beatrix Potter’s stories for another generation. I am also delighted to have been lucky enough to have Emma Fielding read them. The minute I heard her voice for the first time as narrator in one of her excellent audiobooks, I was certain that it was as close as possible to listening to Ms. Potter herself read the stories.

The other thing I learned that first day in pre-school was where the bunnies that lived with us each summer had been spending the school year. Their names? Flopsy and Mopsy.

At the end of this Sideways Play Book™ is a list of current and forthcoming titles and an opportunity for you to provide me with feedback. Digital publishing presents a unique opportunity for authors and publishers to interact with readers. So please, please tell me what you and your children liked about this book and what we can improve. Thanks and


Charles Stack 
Publisher Sideways, Inc.
September, 2011


  • Nice!

    By Uncle Mike B
    My nephews really enjoyed this. Didn't know ebooks could be animated-- what a nice touch!
  • Appley Dapply by Beatrix Potter

    By Vxtb29
    Oh, I just found this after getting this publisher's Peter Rabbit and I am so happy. I love the way the they move! These are wonderful books. I hope more and more come soon.
  • Great book

    By saisai2008
    Great product and great idea!
  • Animated Illustration!!! Taking the format above and beyond!

    By Bryan Chaikin
    Great book… the use of audio and animated illustration is perfect for children's lit. on the iPad! More to come?
  • Animations in an epub

    By bluespeed
    Check out the first ever animations in an epub. Really cool concept.