The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Hardback

The Tale of Peter Rabbit Hardback

Part of the Beatrix Potter Originals series

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"The Tale of Peter Rabbit" is the original classic by Beatrix Potter. "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" was first published by Frederick Warne in 1902 and endures as Beatrix Potter's most popular and well-loved tale.

It tells the story of a very mischievous rabbit and the trouble he encounters in Mr McGregor's vegetable garden!

Re-originated in 2002 to mark the centenary of publication bringing it closer to the original edition, six illustrations were restored, four that were removed in 1903 to make room for endpapers and two that have never been used before, Beatrix having initially prepared more illustrations than could be accommodated in the original format.

Beatrix Potter is regarded as one of the world's best-loved children's authors of all time. From her first book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", published by Frederick Warne in 1902, she went on to create a series of stories based around animal characters including "Mrs. Tiggy-winkle", "Benjamin Bunny", "Jemima Puddle-duck", "Mr. Jeremy Fisher" and "Tom Kitten". Her humorous, lively tales and beautiful illustrations have become a natural part of childhood. With revenue from the sales of her books, Beatrix Potter bought a farm - Hill Top - in the English Lake District, where she later became a farmer and prize-winning sheep breeder. She launched the now vast merchandise programme by patenting the very first Peter Rabbit doll in 1903.

The product range continues to grow today with licences around the world including baby clothing and bedding, nursery decor products and collectables.

Upon her death, Beatrix Potter left 14 farms and over 4000 acres of Lake District farmland to the National Trust so that the place that she loved would remain undeveloped and protected for future generations to enjoy.

Today Beatrix Potter's original 23 tales are still published by Frederick Warne, alongside a wide range of other formats including baby books, activity books and gift and sound books. "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" is number one in Beatrix Potter's series of 23 little books.

Look out for the rest! "The Tale of Peter Rabbit"; "The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin"; "The Tailor of Gloucester"; "The Tale of Benjamin Bunny"; "The Tale of Two Bad Mice"; "The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle"; "The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher"; "The Tale of Tom Kitten"; "The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck"; "The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies"; "The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse"; "The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes"; "The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse"; "The Tale of Mr. Tod"; "The Tale of Pigling Bland"; "The Tale of Samuel Whiskers"; "The Tale of The Pie and the Patty-Pan"; "The Tale of Ginger and Pickles"; "The Tale of Little Pig Robinson"; "The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit"; "The Story of Miss Moppet"; "Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes"; and, "Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes".


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 80 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books: character books
  • ISBN: 9780723247708



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Classic childrens story with beautiful water colour illustrations.

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Potter's classic tale of Peter Rabbit is a must-have for any school or public children's collection. Peter Rabbit, unlike his more well behaved siblings, disobeys his mother by venturing into Mr. McGregor's garden. After being spotted, Peter wears himself out AND loses his good clothes while escaping the situations he falls into. The moral is: listen to your mother! Potter's illustrations are timelessly beautiful and realistic with magical and personified touches. The story is short and straightforward; a good choice to read before bed.

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This book is an example of a folktale because it has a moral woven into the ending about misbehaving and the consequences for one's actions. In the story the family of rabbits look like ordinary rabbits but they are given human traits and articles. Peter Rabbit is mischevious and misbehaves and he wears a jacket and shoes. And in real life rabbits do not wear clothing or have human traits.Age Appropriateness: PrimaryMedia: Hand-drawn pictures that are colored using colored pencils

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a timeless classic that introduces children to familial concepts such as the importance of obediance, authority and consequence. Potter uses beautfifully detailed illustrations and a captivating story line to capture the hearts of her both adult and adolescent audience.

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A classic and charming children's tale.

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