A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Despite Peter's deliberate disobedience, his mother still takes care of him when he returns ill. The Tale of Peter Rabbit offers the simple lesson in the rewards of obedience and good behavior, as his siblings enjoy a hearty meal while he is bedridden, recovering from his unexpected adventure.
Positive Role Models
In contrast to Peter's misbehavior, his siblings Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail obey their mother's orders to stay out of Mr. McGregor's garden and are rewarded with a nice meal at the end of the day. The four rabbits' mother warns her children of the dangers of that specific garden because she is well aware of the terrible consequences that can come from trespassing. Despite being a widowed mother, she is still very capable of providing for and taking good care of her children.
Violence & Scariness
Peter's mother mentions that Mr. McGregor put Peter's father in a pie. Aware of Peter's presence in his garden, Mr. McGregor chases the rabbit around with a rake.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that children today still love this classic story. Sensitive kids may be alarmed when Peter's mother mentions that Mr. McGregor put Peter's father in a pie.
Is It Any Good?
This first story by Beatrix Potter is one of her best. Everyone wants to explore forbidden things, and Peter Rabbit is no different. He sneaks into the garden, and Mr. McGregor chases him until he is quite frightened. Peter Rabbit misses dessert and learns his lesson, yet the tone is not didactic, and his mother is caring.
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