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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Peter Rabbit is an animated series inspired by the classic stories by Beatrix Potter. Preschoolers see a group of friends draw on courage and craftiness to confront obstacles they encounter in their woodland adventures, illustrating teamwork and problem-solving skills. The show's villains (a human whose voice is heard but whose full body is never seen, and a scheming fox) repeatedly threaten the rabbits' lives, promising to make them into pies or stew them up for supper, and on some occasions, they capture the young rabbits before they make their escape. Peter disobeys his mother and finds that it lands him and his friends in short-lived trouble, which never dissuade future escapades.
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What's the story?
PETER RABBIT tells the story of an adventurous young bunny and his friends as they set out to explore their forest home. Mischievous Peter leads the way, blazing a trail for his younger cousin, Benjamin, and their resourceful friend, Lily. Together the trio dodges danger at the hands of the sly forest fox, Mr. Tod, and the grumpy gardener, Mr. McGregor, whose efforts to rabbit-proof his yard prove ineffective when Peter's around.
Is it any good?
Fans of Beatrix Potter's famous character will delight in how this series brings Peter to life, capturing all of his rascally ways in a classic animation style reminiscent of the original book illustrations. The most notable change to the classic is the welcome addition of Lily, a thoroughly modern female character whose cool head and practical knowledge prove invaluable qualities in the company of the impulsive Peter.
Preschoolers are sure to note the rabbits' knack for solving the scrapes they fall into, which has some good reminders about a positive attitude and thoughtful problem-solving skills, but these often come at the price of Peter's willingness to disobey his mother's warnings about straying too far from home. Though the stories always have a happy ending, many of the characters' predicaments are caused by Peter's decisions to seek out danger. So long as this kind of threatening content doesn't frighten your preschoolers, it provides a good opportunity to relate the stories to your own family's rules about safety.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Peter and his friends get out of jams. How is teamwork important to their escapes? Do you think they act courageously? What might you have done differently in their place?
Peter often goes against his mother's rules and finds himself in trouble because of it. Why is it important to follow your parents' rules? Has disobedience ever led you into a tight spot?
Families can read Beatrix Potter's books and compare them to this series. How do the illustrations differ? What aspects of the series make the characters look more modern?
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