Beatrix Potter has almost become a household name among families with children. Her children’s books bring a little bit of the English countryside into the home, especially with The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Peter, a young rabbit, is warned by his mother not to go into Mr. McGregor’s garden or he could be turned into rabbit pie! His siblings listen. Peter, however, does not. The lettuce looks so tasty and who would ever know? But sure enough, his visit into the garden is noticed by Mr. McGregor who does not take kindly to rabbits eating his vegetables. Peter manages to escape, but not without a soak in a watering can and tearing his little blue jacket.
It may be that parents and children alike can identify with Peter’s predicament. Not only does he almost get caught, but when he returns home he must face the consequences of disobeying his mother. The Tale of Peter Rabbit reminds children that parents set rules to protect them and that there are indeed results for good and bad behavior.
Coupled with beautiful artistry, the full color paintings are a treat to look at. When the rabbit family gets ready for a day out, Peter sits up in his blue jacket and his siblings wear little red capes. With the alertness of Peter’s ears, one can easily picture how startled he is when he suddenly comes face to face with Mr. McGregor. With some challenging sentences, children will eventually come to read The Tale of Peter Rabbit with great pride on their own.