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The Tale of Peter Rabbit: Commemorative Edition (The World of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit)

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit first appeared in 1902 and made its author, Beatrix Potter, a household name. This special gift edition, a replica of the very first edition of the book, features a glamorous silver foil jacket to commemorate the release of the film Miss Potter, which tells the story of that remarkable woman and how she found success with her first book.
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published December 28th 2006 by Warne (first published December 16th 1901)
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Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨

Legendary names-

Flopsy aka good kid
Mopsy aka good kid
Cotton-tail aka good kid
Peter Peter the Urchin aka Hot-headed Kid aka SOS-sending, always-in-a-pickle kid.

Inspired by Ramblefoot , a gritty, naturalistic, no-holds-barred depiction of the lives of wolves, I couldn't help wondering if similar treatments weren't possible for other classics. Here's an extract from my draft rabbit novel, provisionally entitled Nojacket:
Peter finished his breakfast, but the insipid, cloying taste of the dead dandelion leaves left him unsatisfied. The craving was starting to build up in him again. He needed to veg out. Suddenly, he started as a voice came from right behi
Isa Lavinia
Dec 31, 2014 Isa Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Now my dears,' said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, 'you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.'

( º_º )


The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the first in a series of delightful children's books by Beatrix Potter. There are twenty-three of these “little Tales” about woodland animals (who are, of course, little people in disguise, as they wear clothes and behave exactly as their human counterparts would).

This first tale about a mischievous little rabbit called Peter, is perhaps the most famous of all. Unlike some of the others, it does not seem to have dated much at all. Most children today will recognise a
Nandakishore Varma
After reading Traveller's review of The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, I remembered that this book was the first ever children's book I read - in translation (Peter was called "Chinnan"). There was a much-loved poem I used to recite (I still remember it!)

അരുതെനനമമ പറഞഞിടടും
വികൃതികള കാടടിയ ചിനനനന
പെരുതായമളി പിണഞഞൊരു
ചരിതം കേളകകൂ കുടടികളേ!

(Children! Listen to the story of Chinnan, who despite his mother's advice, did a lot of mischief and got into big trouble!)

This poem is not there in the original, BTW
So I think Manny and Beth-Ann have it spot on. Peter Rabbit dies in this book, and his escape is a moment-of-death fantasy. Peter is the Peyton Farquhar of kids books.

Farquhar, for those who don't remember, is the Alabama Confederate (gentleman farmer / non-combatant) from Ambrose Bierce's An Occurence on Owl Creek Bridge. He's strung up to a railroad bridge to be hanged by the Union soldiers, but his rope breaks and he pulls of a miraculous escape, only to have his escape end with him still on
Dec 16, 2012 Sabera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the first books I remember being bought as a child was The Tale of Peter Rabbit and having read it many times it has become a favourite! It tells the story of a mischievous rabbit who, against his mother’s advice, decides to venture into Mr McGregor’s Garden. Peter eats his way through a variety of foods in Mr McGregor’s garden before he is caught by the farmer and what ensue are his attempts to escape from the garden!
The story carries a strong theme of the consequences of not following i
Knarik Avetisyan
May 30, 2014 Knarik Avetisyan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This identification dramatically instills fear and tension in the reader, and interacts with the frequently distanced voice of the verbal narrative, sometimes with contradictory effects.

To me Potter is inconsistent in the use of contradictory effects in the word-picture interaction. For example, in the illustration of Peter standing by the locked door, the verbal narrative describes the scene without the flippancy evident in the moment of the sieve. The inability to overcome obstacles is present
Feb 04, 2009 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some people like to find creative readings of books and films which hinge on interpreting key parts as dream sequences. A well-known example is The Piano, where it's reasonable to argue that Ada actually drowns. On this reading, the last few minutes are her dying fantasies as she floats deep underwater, helplessly trapped by the weight of the piano. The last thing you see is indeed her drowned body twisting in the current, and it's not clear which is dream and which is reality.

Beth Ann and I wer
Stephanie Tara
Apr 01, 2013 Stephanie Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why do we read certain children's books—and remember them all the days of our lives?

I know for me...there is something about the sweet, safe, cozy place, that these classic books occupy in memory, short term - and long term memory, for I can truly declare that I have recalled the lines of Beatrix Potter at many times in my life, high school mid terms, college finals, marriage vows (yep!) and I now deeply know that the simple perfect truths bestowed in these adorable books, whether in rhyme or no
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
গলপটা কৌতূহলী দুষটু খরগোশ ছানা পিটারের। সব ভদর খরগোশ ছানারা ভদর হয়ে থাকার সময় পিটারের বেশ একখানা ভয়ংকর অভিযান হয়ে গেল। শেষ পাতাটা, যে পাতায় পিটারকে (এবং সেই থাকে সমগর বাচচা সমপরদায়কে) সুবোধ বানানোর একটা পরচেষটা ছিল, সে পাতাটা না থাকলে গলপটা নিরদবিধায় পাঁচ তারা পাবার উপযুকত হতে পারতো। একটা পাতা পুরো ডুবিয়ে দিল গলপটাকে। পৃথিবীতে যদি দুষটু বাচচা সমপরদায় না থাকে, সব বাচচা সুবোধ হয় যায় তাহলে তো পৃথিবী চলবে না। এমনকি পিটারের দুষটুমির উপর এমন একখানা বই লেখাও যাবে না। বড়রা যে এটা বোঝার মত যথেষট বড় কবে হ ...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
A true classic.

I don't recall reading Beatrix Potter as a child - but of course you seem to absorb the stories seemingly through societial osmosis.

I certainly look forward to reading the rest of the Peter Rabbit books. I note with interest in the inside cover that this book has been translated into Latin, which I suppose would be useful if we had a time machine!

Leaving behind the book itself you have to tip your cap at whoever does Beatrix Potter's tie-ins. Without even realising it I was readin
Feb 29, 2012 Prashant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book Peter Rabbit, one among the 4 kids decides to go on an adventure. He defies his mother to go to a old man's garden and create a fuss after he learns that his father met a sad end when he was there.

This is a short story with lots of illustrations but two very strong messages. One which quickly grasped by all is 'you defy your mother and you will end up feeling tired in the end and all your brothers who obeyed her will get to eat the dinner she cooked.' But when I finished the book I
Maeve Harrison
Sep 17, 2012 Maeve Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book “The tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter as a young child and I can remember enjoying the adventures of little Peter but also being terribly afraid that he may be turned into a Pie by then of the book!
This book is about Peter rabbit and his sisters Flopsy Mopsy and Cotton tail setting out in search of food to bring home for dinner. Their mother specifically warns them to stay away from Mr McGregors garden as this is the place where their father was captured and turned into r
A Sweet book! It teaches children that they should listen to there parents, when they tell them something even though t hey may not like it, it may prevent them from getting hurt. I'm going to love reading this to my nephew and niece.
Adela Cacovean
May 19, 2012 Adela Cacovean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book as it is amongst the top rated free books Apple Store is offering. Even at this age, I enjoy children books from time to time, just for the sake of remembering the old times... All I can say is that "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" is a nice, cute, quick-read and a child will surely have a lot to learn from it, the most important thing being that he or she should listen to his or her parents so as not to suffer from the conseqences of misbehaviour. And not to mention having t ...more
Steven Peterson
Mar 10, 2011 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fine version of this classic! I read a version of this when I was a lot younger and was transfixed by the story. Love the very first line: "Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits and their names were--Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter."

A wonderful story!
Dirk Grobbelaar
May 08, 2011 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ah yes. An Oldie but a Goody? I love the moral here. You can be as disobedient as you like, really. You may have a few scares, but it's likely everything will work out just fine. My wife read this to me (it is after all a kids' book, so it has to be read out loud).

John Yelverton
Oct 21, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite stories when I was growing up.
Loved reading this to my baby.
Rain Misoa
Sep 04, 2011 Rain Misoa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 0-3 and anyone willing to learn a valuble lesson.
Recommended to Rain by: We Give Books
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This is one of the children's books that I read for We Give Books, A Pearson Foundation Initiative to help children all around the world obtain books. It's an organization that gathers many campaigns in one spot on the web to encourage people to read many books for children. With every book you read, one gets donated to the campaign you signed up for. (There's quite a few campaigns available.) A very good friend of mine, Nicole Terazue, recommended this site to me since she knew I loved reading ...more
Tasos Anastasopoulos
Jun 11, 2011 Tasos Anastasopoulos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A really easy to read book with lovely images as the story went on..there were really some points that i spent much more time staring at the drawings (that are made the good old traditional way and not computer digitalized as in most of the modern books) than the text itself but still quite fun to read, following Peter a pretty naughty and courageous rabbit that despite his mother warnings decided to go inside a yard to find more food... As simple as it may seem this book has its point, the writ ...more
Joy H.
Jun 04, 2012 Joy H. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Added 5/4/12.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (first published 1902) by Beatrix Potter

Below is a comment I posted at my group 5/4/12:
"Miss Potter" (2006), the biopic about Beatrix Potter was exquisite.

The combination of Renée Zellweger with Emily Watson acting alongside her was brilliant. The Heartland Film Festival gave the movie the "Truly Moving Sound Award" in the "Truly Moving Picture" cat
Apr 04, 2013 Vrinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter is a classic picturebook for intended readers, N-P. It is a captivating tale of a mischievous rabbit that disobeys his mother, venturing into the forbidden garden of Mr. McGregor. Being sighted and chased, in his dash to escape, he stumbles into obstacles, ultimately learning the valuable lesson of what it means to listen and follow the rules.

Miraculously, Peter manages to sneak out of the garden, but at the expense of returning home sick, and drenched
Errin Tucker
This is a picture book and is designed for children ages P-I.

This was a story about a group of bunnies who were brothers. All followed the directions given by their mother except Peter, who was always getting into mischief.

This was a good book because there was some truth to it. There are many children and/or siblings who must follow directions but there is always one who has a hard time following directions. This can also be found in the classroom as well. I think children can relate to this
Esther Barajikian
This is one of my all-time favorite picture books that immediately transports me back to my childhood days! As I read it this afternoon, my husband was sitting on the sofa across from me. I decided to read the story aloud which brought back wonderful memories for each of us. Some stories are timeless, and I would definitely place" The Tale of Peter Rabbit" in that category! With its beautiful and classic illustrations as well as its charming story line, the adventures of this "naughty" rabbit ar ...more
Melissa Cooney
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
‘Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were: Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter. They lived with their mother in a sand-back, underneath the root of a very big fir-tree.” Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail are good little bunnies who listen to their mothers advice and stay out of Mr. McGregor’s garden. Despite the fact that his father was eaten by the McGregors, Peter can’t resist all the wonderful vegetables that are inside the gar
Amy Reid
Jan 12, 2014 Amy Reid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This cautionary tale is one of the first books I remember reading and was a family favourite as it had been passed down through generations. Peter and his three siblings are asked by their Mother not to venture into Mr. McGregor's garden whilst she was away. Unlike his siblings who went down the lane to pick some berries, Peter headed straight for Mr. Mcgregor's garden and ate his way through a variety of foods before his caught by the farmer. Mr. Mcgregor then spots Peter and chases him with a ...more
Linda McCarry
Aug 26, 2013 Linda McCarry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my 4th Book Review: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
By: Beatrix Potter

This is a classic children's story about the well known Peter Rabbit, a curious and mischievous rabbit who ignores his Mother’s strict warnings about entering into the garden of Mr. McGregor, Mrs. Rabbit reminds Peter and his three sister's Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail that their father once went into Mr. McGregor's garden and had been made into a pie - A fact that is so casually mentioned at the start of the story!

Flopsy, Mo
Martin Hunter
Jan 12, 2014 Martin Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist who was best known for her children's books, which featured animal characters such as Peter Rabbit.

Born into a privileged household, Potter was educated by governesses, and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and through holidays in Scotland and the Lake District developed a love of lan
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“Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him to bed, and made some chamomile tea: "One table-spoonful to be taken at bedtime.” 19 likes
“I am sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening.

His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea; and she gave a dose of it to Peter!

'One table-spoonful to be taken at bed-time.'

But Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail had bread and milk and blackberries for supper.”
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