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"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."

Follow the story of naughty Peter Rabbit as he squeezes—predictably—under the gate into Mr. McGregor's garden and finds himself in all kinds of trouble! But how does Peter Rabbit get himself out of this tricky situation? Beatrix Potter's story about one mischievous but ultimately endearing little creature will tell us, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and timeless verses which have transcended generations.

'The Tale of Peter Rabbit', first published in 1902, is still today one of Beatrix Potter's most popular and well-loved tales. It is the first of the illustrious series that is The World of Beatrix Potter', and a story which has endured retelling after retelling at bedtimes all over the world.

Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) loved the countryside and spent much of her childhood drawing and studying animals. 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit', first published in 1902, was her first book. She later went on to publish more than twenty tales and collections of rhymes.

Age Rating: 3–12+ / Preschool - 2+ / Lexile Measure AD660L

72 pages, Hardcover

First published December 16, 1901

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Beatrix Potter

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Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist who is best known for her children's books, which featured animal characters such as Peter Rabbit.

Born into a wealthy 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 landscape, flora, and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted. Because she was a woman, her parents discouraged intellectual development, but her study and paintings of fungi led her to be widely respected in the field of mycology.

In her thirties, Potter published the highly successful children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit and became secretly engaged to her publisher, Norman Warne, causing a breach with her parents, who disapproved of his social status. Warne died before the wedding.

Potter eventually published 24 children's books, the most recent being The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots (2016), and having become financially independent of her parents, was able to buy a farm in the Lake District, which she extended with other purchases over time.

In her forties, she married a local solicitor, William Heelis. She became a sheep breeder and farmer while continuing to write and illustrate children's books. Potter died in 1943 and left almost all of her property to The National Trust in order to preserve the beauty of the Lake District as she had known it, protecting it from developers.

Potter's books continue to sell well throughout the world, in multiple languages. Her stories have been retold in various formats, including a ballet, films, and in animation.

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389 reviews3,140 followers
February 18, 2023
A Delightful Classic Children's Story

Peter Rabbit is warned by his mother not to go into the garden of Mr. McGregor, but does Peter Rabbit listen?

The illustrations in this book are really top notch, all the way down to all of the various shades of color. My favorite part was when Mr. McGregor just gets tired and stops trying to catch Peter Rabbit. When Bill, my cat, doesn't want his bath, I adopt a similar approach and wait for a day when the stars are better aligned. This could also be why he doesn't usually listen to me or take me seriously.

Included as one of the books from James Mustich's 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die A Life-Changing List. It also makes a great stocking stuffer!

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1,589 reviews154k followers
December 9, 2020

Once upon a time there was four litter Rabbits, and their names were - Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.
Old Mrs. Rabbit has to run a few errands and has to leave her children home, alone, for a few hours.

Before she goes, she makes sure to clearly tell them:
"...you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden."
And so the girls, being good little girls, listen to their mother and go to pick blackberries for the family.

Peter...on the other hand...
...ran straight away to Mr. McGregor's garden.
Chaos ensues. Will he make it back? Or die like his father at hands of the old farmer?

This one brings up so many memories - and rereading it as an adult, whew, Beatrix, you're being a bit dark.

Peter's father was baked in a pie and all the children are like, yeah. That happened.

(Why in the world did Mrs. Rabbit continue to live within spitting distance of the man who ate her husband??)

But other than that, so much fun!

I love the illustrations of this book - they feel so detailed and nostalgic. Definitely one of my favorite childhood books.

The plot - not that there's much to it (considering the length) - was still fun and exciting after all these years.

As a child, I loved the justice served to Peter for being so naughty and as a adult, I feel the exact same.

Suck it Peter! That's what you get for getting in trouble!

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1,227 reviews1,027 followers
March 3, 2023
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 all the little animals, and the vegetable garden setting is timeless. Peter lives with his mother and three other siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail. Their home is under the roots of a tree, but they are allowed to play anywhere ... except Mr. McGregor's garden,

"Your father had an accident there; he was put into a pie by Mrs McGregor,"

warns Peter's mother.

Of course Peter knows better. The prospect of a ready-made larder of fresh vegetables is far too tempting for such a naughty little rabbit to heed any silly warnings. As soon as he can he scoots off to do exactly the opposite of what he has been told. I won't reveal his adventures, for fear of spoilers, but it is an exciting tale, with a very real threat to our hero at its core. And it does all end happily, with a valuable lesson being learnt by Peter. We even pick up some interesting traditional herbal remedies along the way, such as parsley being good for nausea, and camomile tea for stomach upsets.

It is a charming story, introducing not only Peter Rabbit, but also his siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. There's even a mention in this first book of Peter's cousin, Benjamin Bunny. It also has a moral aspect, as of course Peter wouldn't have been so much at risk - or so frightened - if he had done what he was told to do in the first place. Plus he might have enjoyed his supper a bit more!

The character of "Peter Rabbit" was inspired by a pet rabbit the author had had as a child, whom she had named "Peter Piper". In 1893, Beatrix Potter had sent an illustrated letter to five-year-old Noel Moore, the son of her former governess Annie Carter Moore. It featured "Peter Rabbit". Annie Moore recognised the potential in this and other "story letters" her former pupil had sent, and suggested that Beatrix tried to get them published. However, it did not prove to be so easy. She sent the manuscript to six publishers, all of whom rejected it. Eventually Beatrix Potter published the book privately in 1901.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit was eventually accepted for commercial publication by the London firm of Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902. It was an instant success and multiple reprints were issued in the years immediately following. To date it has been translated into 36 languages, has sold 45 million copies and is one of the best-selling children's stories of all time. Frederick Warne & Co. went on to publish all twenty-three stories. They have never lost their popularity. Today more than two million Beatrix Potter books are sold every year worldwide; incredibly, this is four books every minute!

Unfortunately for Beatrix Potter the copyright of The Tale of Peter Rabbit was never registered in the United States. Unlicensed copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit soon began to appear, and there was no way to stop them. Beatrix Potter of course received no royalties from any of these. She only began to realise how enormous the financial loss might be after the publication of her second book, "The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin" when her father brought home a toy squirrel labelled "Nutkin" in the Christmas of 1903. It proved to be a wake-up call.

From that point Beatrix Potter decided to be responsible for the production of merchandise relating to her books. She patented a "Peter Rabbit" doll in 1903 and followed it almost immediately with a "Peter Rabbit" board game. Since then products have been developed for both children and adults. Now we see the "Peter Rabbit" brand on toys, dishes, foods, clothing and recordings as well as books of various types.

Before these whimsical stories ever came to light, Beatrix Potter had been a respected watercolourist, illustrating plant life, insects, fossils and various archaeological artefacts, as well as the pets and small animals she had always painted, even as a child. She came from a wealthy family and had been privately educated at home, so had perhaps been given more time to pursue her unique interests and talents than many of her peers. She was almost thirty when The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published commercially. She had become engaged to her editor, Norman Warne, but tragically he died a month later and she was not to actually marry until many years later, when she married a solicitor at the age of 47.

The books are designed to appeal to young children. Their format goes against the stereotype; they are miniatures rather than huge picture books. But little children love little things, which seem to be scaled down just for them. They will love to hold these and pretend to read, although they will need help with the story.

When Beatrix Potter died in 1943, she left nearly all her considerable property to the National Trust. Coming from a family with money, and achieving such fame and recognition herself, with her popular books, plus the associated merchandise, she was able to become a land-owner. She spent her entire adult life buying up bits of the Lake District area (now Cumbria) which she so loved. It was the largest gift to the National Trust which had ever been made. It included her 17th Century farmhouse "Hill Top Farm", which many enthusiastic readers now visit today. It also took in over 4,000 acres of land, sixteen farms, cottages and herds of cattle and Herdwick sheep! (She was a keen sheep farmer herself.)

So we have a dual legacy. Yes, we have her wonderfully whimsical books. But perhaps not many people realise, as they climb the beautiful fells (hills) of the Lake Dictrict, that the freedom to do this is almost entirely because of Beatrix Potter's love of the natural world, her ecological views, foresight and generosity.

We used to visit the Lake District every year, to try some of the more gentle climbs up the fells. We stayed in a guest house in Near Sawrey. Just along the road is another little village called Far Sawrey, where we sometimes visited Beatrix Potter's house "Hill Top". Her furnishings are still there and much of her memorabilia.

As I wandered around the gardens once, I noticed a vegetable patch. I saw carrots, lettuces and radishes, all growing in neat rows exactly as if Mr. McGregor had just popped inside for a moment. And out of the corner of my eye, did I spy a glimpse of two bright little eyes in a furry face peeping at me from under a cabbage leaf? Or was it perhaps just my imagination?
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July 8, 2020
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (The World of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit), Beatrix Potter

The story focuses on a family of anthropomorphic rabbits. The widowed mother rabbit keeps her four rabbit children, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter from entering the vegetable garden of a man named Mr. McGregor.

Her triplets (Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail) obediently refrain from entering the garden, but Peter enters the garden to snack on some vegetables.

Peter ends up eating more than what is good for him and goes looking for parsley to cure his stomach ache.

Peter is spotted by Mr. McGregor and loses his jacket and shoes while trying to escape. He hides in a watering can in a shed, but then has to run away again when Mr. McGregor finds him, and ends up completely lost.

After sneaking past a cat, Peter sees the gate where he entered the garden from a distance and heads for it, despite being spotted and chased by Mr. McGregor again.

With difficulty he wriggles under the gate, and escapes from the garden, but he spots his abandoned clothing being used to dress Mr. McGregor's scarecrow.

After returning home, a sick Peter is sent to bed by his mother, and his triplet sisters receive a scrumptious dinner of milk, bread and blackberries whilst Peter has a supper of chamomile tea.

عنوانها: «داس‍ت‍ان‌ پ‍ی‍ت‍ر خ‍رگ‍وش‍ه»‌؛ «داس‍ت‍ان‌ خ‍رگ‍وش‌ ک‍وچ‍ول‍و»؛ «قصه‌ ی‌ پیترخرگوشه»؛ «خرگوش بازیگوش»؛ ن‍ویسنده‌: ب‍ئ‍ات‍ری‍ک‍س‌ پ‍وت‍ر؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز شانزدهم ماه اکتبر سال 2009میلادی

عنوان: داس‍ت‍ان‌ پ‍ی‍ت‍ر خ‍رگ‍وش‍ه‌؛ ن‍وش‍ت‍ه‌: ب‍ئ‍ات‍ری‍ک‍س‌ پ‍وت‍ر؛ مت‍رج‍م م‍ح‍م‍درض‍ا ح‍ق‍ی‍ری‌؛ وی‍راس‍ت‍ار اب‍وال‍ف‍ض‍ل‌ ح‍ق‍ی‍ری‌؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌: ح‍ق‍ی‍ری‌، 1382؛ در 12ص، مصور؛ مصور، رنگی، شابک 9649237372؛ موضوع داستانهای حیوانات - خرگوشها - برای کودکان از نویسندگان بریتانیایی - سده 21م

عنوان: داس‍ت‍ان‌ خ‍رگ‍وش‌ ک‍وچ‍ول‍و؛ ن‍وی‍س‍ن‍ده‌ و ت‍ص‍وی‍رگ‍ر ب‍ی‍ت‍ری‍ک‍س‌ (ب‍ئ‍ات‍ری‍ک‍س‌) پ‍ات‍ر؛ م‍ت‍رج‍م‌ طاه‍ره‌ آدی‍ن‍ه‌ پ‍ور؛ ت‍ه‍ران: ش‍رک‍ت‌ ان‍ت‍ش‍ارات‌ ع‍ل‍م‍ی‌ و ف‍ره‍ن‍گ‍ی‌‏‫، 1383؛ در 59ص؛ شابک 9644455118؛‬ چاپ دیگر 1393، در 55ص؛ شابک 9786001214646؛

عنوان: قصه‌ ی‌ پیترخرگوشه؛ نویسنده: بئاتریکس پاتر؛ مترجم: مهرآیین اخوت؛ تهران : کاروان‏‫، 1387؛ در 76ص؛ شابک: 9789641750604؛‬

عنوان: خرگوش بازیگوش؛ نویسنده: بئاتریکس پاتر؛ مترجم گروه فرهنگی پژواک دانش؛ تهران پژواک دانش، ‏‫1388؛ در 28ص؛ شابک 9789646187184؛‬

عنوان: قصه‌ی پیتر خرگوشه؛ نویسنده و تصویرگر: بئاتریکس پاتر؛ مترجم: پروانه عروج‌نیا؛ ویراستار علیرضا اسماعیل‌پور؛ تهران انتشارات ماهی، کتاب‌های پولک‏‫، 1394؛ در 69ص؛ شابک 9789642092086؛‬

عنوان: داستان پیتر خرگوشه؛ نوشته هلن بئاتریکس پاتر؛ مترجم رضا قربانی؛ ویراستار ساناز امیرصادقی؛ تهران انتشارت بين‌المللی آبرنگ، ‏‫1393؛ در 24ص؛ شابک 9786002523822؛‬ چاپ سوم 1395؛

عنوان: پیتر خرگوشه؛ نویسنده و تصویرگر: بئاتریکس پاتر؛ مترجم: فریبا سعیدی؛ زنجان: تولد دوباره، ‏‫1395؛ در 27ص؛ شابک 9786009614622؛‬

عنوان: پیتر خرگوش بازیگوش؛ نویسنده و تصویرگر بئاتریکس پاتر؛ مترجم: الهه حاجی‌حسن؛ تهران منتشران اندیشه، ‏‫1396؛ در 36ص؛ شابک 9786007485514؛ مصور رنگی؛

عنوان: داستان پیتر خرگوشه؛ نویسنده: به‌آتریس (بئاتریکس) پوتر؛ مترجم: کیوان عزیزی؛ اراک ذوق لطیف، ‏‫1398؛ در 27ص؛ شابک 9786229591406؛

قصه کتاب در مورد یک خانواده خرگوش است که مادر خانواده قصد رفتن به خرید را دارد؛ مادر به فرزندانش می‌گوید که می‌توانند تا سر کوچه بروند و تمشک بچینند اما به باغ آقای «مک گرگور» نزدیک نشوند، برای اینکه پدر آنها در آنجا بوده که میان کیک خورده شده‌ است؛ فلاپسی، ماپسی و کاتن تیل که دختر خرگوشانی حرف گوش‌کن بوده‌ اند، به حرف مادر گوش می‌کنند، اما پیتر خرگوشه مستقیماً به باغ آقای «مک گرگور» می‌رود، و رویدادهای بدی برایش رخ می‌دهند؛ از جمله اینکه کت و کفش خود را از دست می‌دهد؛ در داستان «بنجامین خرگوشه» که کتاب دیگر همین نویسنده است، «پیتر» با یاری پسردایی خود «بنجامین» کت و کفش خود را پس خواهد گرفت

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1,418 reviews4,322 followers
October 25, 2019
Peter Rabbit breaks the social contract by eating his neighbor’s vegetables. As Peter is hounded for his crimes, he rapidly loses the trappings of society - his shoes and his clothes - until he’s returned to his primal animal state, naked, shivering, driven out, an anthropomorphized JG Ballard. He can’t find the gate that will lead him from the garden of sin back to his safe home. After he finally escapes, he’s ostracized by his family and hung in effigy in the garden as a warning.

Beatrix Potter’s characters stray from social norms and are punished for it. She is essentially a coercive agent of the bourgeois. Have fun explaining “rabbit pie” to your three-year-old.
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Author 29 books13.5k followers
March 16, 2021
Are you a native speaker of Spanish? Would you like to make some Australian kids happy? Do you have an hour to spare?

A friend of ours is a teacher at a school in an isolated part of Australia. She's trying to teach her kids Spanish, they are enthusiastic, but she is really short of engaging reading material. I told her about our LARA project, and she said that if I could put together a LARA edition of Peter Rabbit in Spanish she's sure her class would love it.

I spent a couple of hours messing around this evening, and I think I have most of it done. You can see the current result here. But my Spanish is terrible and there's no way I can record the audio.

If you're a Spanish native speaker, it should take you less than an hour with our handy online recording tool. You just need a laptop with Chrome installed. Are you interested? If so, please leave a note here or PM me, and I'll send you instructions! The content created will be fully open source, and if you want you will be credited on the LARA examples page.

Thank you,


[Update, Nov 1 2020]

Elier very kindly recorded audio - you can see the result here. Unfortunately the quality is not great, I'm guessing Elier may have had a bad wifi connection, but I still find it quite useful! Feedback welcome :)

[Update, Mar 16 2021]

We have a prototype integration of LARA with the ReadSpeaker TTS engine which I've been testing this week. One of the things I did was create a TTS version of El Cuento De Pedro, El Conejo. You can find it here.

My terrible Spanish doesn't permit me to judge the quality of the audio - interested to hear what hispanophones think. In particular, is it good enough to be used in an Australian classroom?

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269 reviews5,530 followers
March 26, 2021
The Tale of Peter Rabbit was one of the first books my mom ever read to me. It has been a comfort read of mine even before I could read it myself.

The other day I watched the 2006 movie "Miss Potter", which tells the story of the inspiring artist and author who gave the world Peter Rabbit and many other animal friends! The film was enchanting and simply perfect! It had a stunning soundtrack, iconic artwork, books, romance, friendship, nature and the English countryside! What more could I ask for? (My favorite things all in one film!)

While watching, I wanted to do three things: illustrate, read, and write! The three things that make up who I am, and the three things that made up who Beatrix was! As Anne Shirley would say, I have a kindred spirit in her!

Re-reading this book took all of 5 minutes, but it's impact has lasted me for a lifetime!
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Author 3 books5,475 followers
April 5, 2017
All of the Beatrix Potter stories are wonderful but this little one of this mischievous little rabbit who is naughty! So cute, and a great introduction to the beautiful world that Potter created. I think that this may be my favourite one actually. And naturally, my kids LOVED it when they were younger.
January 4, 2019
The tale of Peter Rabbit, is the first book in this beloved series, written by Beatrix Potter. This children's series will never get old with me. I remember my parents reading them to me as a child, and I loved looking at the delightful illustrations as they read them to me. This particular book, is probably the most famous of all, as we all know about and love that mischievous little rabbit! I also appreciate that there is an important moral to be learned, too.
I think the attention to detail in the illustrations contained in Potter's books, are incredible. They capture the story accordingly, and they are actually just kind of soothing to look at.
When Beatrix Potter passed away, she left most of her property in the Lake District to The national trust, and if you visit there at any point, it will be clear where the inspiration came from for her books.
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549 reviews323 followers
March 3, 2017
This story reminds me my childhood. I still remember I used to do things from which my mama forbades me. Just like Peter rabbit. Her mother tells him not to go to Mr. McGregor's farm. But as he is a naughty rabbit, He still goes and faces troubles.

I liked the names of four rabbits:
Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. Aren't they cute? Especially first two. (^_^)

March 3, 2017
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292 reviews80 followers
June 17, 2021
My youngest daughter picked this out as one of four that she wanted to read. My grandmother, long ago, used to read this and other Beatrix Potter books to me as she tucked me in bed -- a fond memory that probably, along with other things, gave me a lifelong love of reading. My little girl loved it too --- Peter's mischief reminding her of brothers' impulsiveness while Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail reminding her of her and her sisters!
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Author 29 books13.5k followers
December 4, 2011
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 behind him.

"We're looking for blackberries. You want to come, Peter?"

It was his half-sister Flopsy, a precociously formed doe. She was not yet one summer old, yet already her haunches had the rounded look of a mature female. She exuded an enticing, musky odor. As if by chance, she turned her head so that their whiskers brushed, and seductively twitched her nose. For a moment, Peter was tempted, but the other urge was too strong.

"Sorry, Flopsy. I've got... stuff to do."

With one bound, he had scooped up his blue jacket, the mark of the civilized young rabbit, and was out of the burrow before he could change his mind. He lolloped down the path as he had done many times before, then, looking both ways, he eased his trembling body under the hard wood of the gate. He was on McGregor territory.

He straightened up, all his senses maximally alert, but there were no warning signals yet. With the practiced ease of the professional thief, he took the short-cut through the gooseberry bushes and emerged directly in the vegetable garden. His eyes glistened with desire as he saw the huge, plump lettuces. No longer caring about safety, he immediately attacked the nearest one, slicing into it with his razor-sharp front teeth. Green juices ran down his chin as he gorged himself on the unresisting leaves. His eyes half-closed, he chewed, swallowed, bit again, forcing the food down his throat as fast as he could eat until he reached the tender heart. In less time than one could believe possible, the lettuce was no more than an eviscerated husk. Peter contemptuously tossed away the bitter stem and then started on the radishes. Their tart, peppery red flesh contrasted delightfully with the sweet lettuce, and he frenziedly ate one after another. His swollen stomach hurt, but the pleasure was still stronger.

Peter eats radishes

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596 reviews297 followers
January 1, 2015
'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.'

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570 reviews714 followers
December 28, 2019
Sweet little story, gorgeous drawings! Can't believe I haven't read the Beatrix Potter stories earlier....
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2,133 reviews1,316 followers
July 11, 2020
Peter alongside sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail are expressly told not to visit Mr. McGregor's garden, especially as their father met his fateful end.
Whilst the girls follow their mothers orders, Pefer can't resist to take a look.
He too almost comes unstuck while feeding on the vegetables.

Beatrix Potters most famous creation is such a timeless classic, the story is simple and short and even though Peter is clearly in the wrong - you cant help but fall for his cheeky disobedient charm.

Illustrations are such an important aspect of a children books and Potters drawings including that iconic Blue coat helps give this tale a long lasting appeal.

We've just been given a set that includes all 23 hardback books.
Such a stunning set that will be enjoyed over many a evening, especially looking forward to some of the lesser known characters.
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1,039 reviews141 followers
March 26, 2021
Peter's mother tells all her kids not to go to Mr. McGregor's garden. They are however allowed to go into the fields or down the lane. Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail follow their mother's instructions but Peter being naughty runs straight to Mr. McGregor's garden. Mr. McGregor sees Peter and chases him and Peter loses his shoes and his jacket trying to escape. He gets frightened but somehow manages to escape.

A fun, delightful read with beautiful and detailed pictures.

4 stars
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Author 4 books128 followers
October 22, 2022
Много е хубаво това специално юбилейно издание на „Зайчето Питър“ по повод 120-та годишнина на книгата. Кориците са твърди, илюстрациите са красиви (оригиналните), страниците са оцветени в златно. Единствено форматът на самата книга е малко малък, ако беше с една идея малко по-голям, щеше да е идеално. За историята няма какво да кажа – отлична и любима. Едно издание с чудесна колекционерска стойност за мен.

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Profile Image for Drew Canole.
1,167 reviews1 follower
September 15, 2022
Another classic tale that's worth revisiting as an adult (or reading to your kids!)

The illustrations are lovely.

It's a classic tale... Peter Rabbit is warned by his mother not to go into the garden of Mr. McGregor. Of course he doesn't listen. It gets a bit dark, lots of implied violence. Peter is punished for breaking social convention by stealing vegetables from McGregor.

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801 reviews
April 10, 2022
"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.

Now run along, and don't get into mischief. I am going out." (PG. 5)

So I have never read this classic until last night to my five-year-old. I've seen the current movie and liked that.

It was so simple and mischievous! Of course, there's always that one kid that isn't the good listener and does the opposite, as is Peter Rabbit. Not even his Father being eaten into a pie could dissuade him into going to that garden. Peter almost gets caught twice, loses his shoes and jacket and manages to get tummy sick. By the time he makes it home Mrs. Rabbit puts him to bed without supper and makes him drink the dreaded chamomile tea.

The illustrations are old school and so cute. I love that the Rabbit family all wear clothes and Mrs. Rabbit is just a darling, caring mama. The author put in some long imaginative words in the book. It's nice to see an author not dumbing down a story for littles.

Moral of the story? Mommy is always right because if you do something stupid something stupid might happen to you. Make better choices! (Said his Father before being put into a pie.)
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Author 2 books1,684 followers
December 2, 2011
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 the rope as he chokes to death.

Well, little Peter doesn't have Union soldiers to string him up, but he has old Mr. McGregor to chase him around the garden, and in Peter's attempt to escape he dives into a watering can -- and I say he drowns. How's that for a cautionary tale? I figure that Peter's death in the watering can is also a euphemism for rabbit stew, and Peter becomes a yummy dinner for Mr. and Mrs. McGregor. Lucky farmers that they are.

But Peter, at least, is able to enjoy a moment-of-death fantasy where he goes home and declares to Mother Rabbit that he's learned his lesson. But even at home, even in his fantasy, death begins to close in, and while his siblings play and the smells of cooking rise up to greet him (Mrs. McGregor's kitchen as she skins his corpse, perhaps?), Peter ends his day (and his life) wrapped in the blankets of his little bed. Shivering from the cold he caught in the Mr. McGregor's water bottle.

Death comes to us all, little bunny, especially when we ignore our parents! Remember that.

Culinarily, I think I need to get my own little rabbit for a stew. It's been a while, and rabbit is de-lish.
13 reviews
December 16, 2012
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 instructions and would be ideal to use within a year two or even year three classroom. It is also a good book to use for activities such as Hot Seating, particularly to get children to think about how various characters, such as Peter or Mr McGregor may be feeling. As well as this, children could carry out drama/role play activities to re-tell the story, write diary entries from different characters' points of view and even have circle time sessions to discuss the consequences of not following instructions.
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879 reviews100 followers
July 7, 2020
It is one of those stories that will make you want to wish you'd read it as a child, not because you won't enjoy it as an adult, but because the story would stay with you for a longer period of time in the long run.
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657 reviews112 followers
September 13, 2017
Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter Rabbit are allowed to explore but are warned by their mother that they are not to go into Mr. McGregor's garden. All but Peter Rabbit heed her advice for that is the first place he chooses to explore. Once Mr. McGregor spots Peter, a chase ensues. Oh, what a naughty rabbit!

This is the first time I have read a Beatrix Potter book. What a cute and adorable gem this is. The illustrations compliment the print beautifully. Given that I read quite a bit of historical fiction, this is a nice break for me. In addition to teaching a valuable lesson, this book is also amusing. Its difficult not to smile while reading the names Flopsy and Mopsy. Its no wonder that Potter is among the best authors of chidren's books. This woman has quite an impressive resume. Aside from author, she was a mycologist, an illustrator and a conservationist. A really lovely book overall.
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1,239 reviews2,227 followers
January 27, 2016
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!)

അരുതെന്നമ്മ പറഞ്ഞിട്ടും
വികൃതികള്‍ കാട്ടിയ ചിന്നന്ന്
പെരുതായമളി പിണഞ്ഞൊരു
ചരിതം കേള്‍ക്കൂ കുട്ടികളേ!

(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.

The book was loved so intensely that it practically fell apart due to frequent perusal: it was consigned sadly to the chest of childhood memories. Imagine my delight, then, when I encountered Peter again in his true avatar at The Beatrix Potter Exhibition. I immediately bought a copy of the book for my son - or maybe, for me...
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222 reviews87 followers
August 4, 2022
The Tale of Peter Rabbit will always be one of my favorite children books. I don't care what people thought when most they give me judge look every time I say yeah I still reading and watching children book/show lol.

The story is about a mischievous rabbit who get caught stealing his neighbors veggie and his family is consider 3 triplet, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail and his parents.

Like children's stories in general, the storyline is not as complicated and deep like an adult but what makes this story popular is details in illustration. It simply beautiful kind of soothing to look at and It demonstrate exactly every written details in the book.

And for me illustration is playing big part in children books as well and that's what it makes lasting. I would totally recommend everyone who has children at home to consider this as a child reading
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