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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

by Beatrix Potter
59 pages, Picture Book
Reviewed by Jenny

One of the best-loved children’s books of all time.

Plot

Mrs. Rabbit told her children — Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter — not to go into Mr. McGregor’s garden because their father had an accident there: he was put in a pie. Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail were good bunnies, and went down the lane to pick blackberries; but Peter ran straight away to Mr. McGregor’s garden to see what mischief he could get into.

Morality

Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail are very obedient bunnies and do as their mother bids. Peter, on the other hand, is a very naughty rabbit and it is not long before he is disobeying his mother. He gets into enough danger in Mr. McGregor’s garden to be punishment enough, and he is ultimately put to bed with a bad stomachache while his siblings get bread and milk and blackberries for tea.

Spiritual Content

None.

Violence

Mr. Rabbit, not a part of this story, was caught by Mr McGregor and put in a pie. Mr. McGregor tries to catch Peter Rabbit, presumably to do the same to him, but he fails. Otherwise there is very little violence in this story.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

This is perhaps Beatrix Potter’s best-loved book of all time. Children everywhere will love not only the illustrations by the author, but also the lessons the naughty rabbit hero learns as he escapes from his own foolishness.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 2-4

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