Reviewed by Lisa Cook
I grew up in the 80’s as a fan of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit books. I remember my dad sitting and reading the stories to me with great delight. So, you can imagine my glee when I received my own stuffed Benjamin Bunny through the post.
It arrived in a medium sized brown box with no details, my son helped me open it in delight. Inside was a clear plastic bag, with instructions to plump up before use. Inside, was the most precious 12” stuffed plush toy.
The first thing that stuck me was, how well made it is. No surprise, the bunny is actually made in China which might put some people off buying. But, again I must stress it is incredibly well made and certainly not one of the cheap imitations, this is in fact part of the official Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit range. It comes with a warning – suitable for 1+ as well as informing you it meets CPSC safety requirements, which is the mandatory USA Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). However, there is no sign of the British or European equivalent.
OK, back to the bunny. It’s made of very good quality fabrics which feel lovely and soft and the stitching itself is perfect. The colours used are what you would expect to see from the books and the facial expression is lovely. It’s made up of 6 different types of furry material some a lot longer than others, soft velvety material as well as cotton. The eyes are the only small part, which is why you wouldn’t give it to a child under one. They appear to be sewn and glued in, making them seem hard to remove. But, this is by no way a guarantee, and small children should be monitored. But I still think, this makes Benjamin Bunny a very tactile product suitable for young children as well as those with sensory needs.
Good points – It’s not plastic! And it doesn’t have batteries. But, for me the biggest plus is that you could use it for imaginary play and storytelling as well as encouraging youngsters to read. If you had the whole set you could easily encourage retelling of stories as well as making up your own with well known and loved characters, therefore you could say it’s an educational toy.
Bad points – I would end up buying the entire set, which consists of Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle Duck, Mrs Rabbit his mum, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Tommy Brock and Hunca Munca and her baby.
To summarise, I believe this little bunny is a fantastic soft toy, and well worth the money. It will be well loved in our home and a certain hit with my kids. I would even use it in a classroom with his pals to help me teach. Fully recommend this Benjamin Bunny as a Christmas present for any young child (or teacher).
Available to buy from www.gund.co.uk.