Sunday, January 22, 2017

Children's Book Review: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter, Frederick Warne, London, original 1904.
Beatrix Potter is a master of telling stories about animals, and in those stories telling stories about children.  Here we have four rabbit siblings, three which obey their mother, and one who doesn't.  Of course Peter enjoys many different vegetables in the garden of Mr. McGregor, but he barely avoids being put into a meat pie, and loses his shoes and jacket in the escape.  Peer Rabbit was lucky, however he was sent to bed without dinner and just chamomile tea, while the others enjoyed bread and black berries.  Maybe Peter has learned a lesson.

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