A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Young children will learn what vegetables rabbits like to eat and how bunnies can cause mischief in a garden.
Positive MessagesMrs. Rabbit is gentle and understanding, letting Peter learn from his mistake. When he returns home, instead of scolding him she lets him enjoy the Halloween festivities and the comfort of home.
Positive Role ModelsMrs. Rabbit lets Peter learn from his mistake without piling on guilt or punishment. Instead, she lets him enjoy the party that began while he was out. As Peter grows more frightened, his conscience nags at him. His sisters are well-behaved and stay safe at home, enjoying the whole party.
Violence & ScarinessThe nighttime setting is just spooky enough to provide some tension, but it shouldn't scare little ones. The illustrations are reassuring. There are brief references to real peril -- owls and cats, in particular -- but nothing threatens the rabbits' safety.
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Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin Bunny once again sneak into Mr. McGregor's garden in Peter Rabbit and the Pumpkin Patch, a Halloween-themed story based on the late Beatrix Potter's enduring characters. Peter hopes to avoid getting into trouble with his mother, and the observant Mrs. Rabbit suspects he's already learned his lesson (and he did).
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