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!
Read by Katie Haigh – such a fun listen!