Who is Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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Flopsy , Mopsy , and Cottontail decide to go down the lane to pick blackberries. Peter Rabbit , on the other hand, being the mischievous young bunny that he is, ignores his mother's warnings and runs straight to Mr. McGregor's Garden as soon as Mrs. Rabbit leaves the Big Fir Tree.

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He squeezes underneath the gate and starts having a ball while he eats lettuces, French beans, and radishes, but soon runs into Mr. McGregor , who starts chasing after him right away. In all the commotion, Peter gets lost and has trouble finding his way out of the garden and even ends up losing both of his shoes. With his shoes gone, he begins running on all fours and ends up running straight into a gooseberry net. He is unable to untangle himself from the net and begins to cry as he is terrified of what will happen to him.

Moments before Mr. He manages to wiggle out of his coat and gets away just in time. He runs into a tool shed nearby and jumps into a watering can that still has water in it. As Mr.

As he searches for the gate, shivering and frightened, he comes across a mouse carrying peas and beans but she is unable to help him because she is carrying a large olive in her mouth so she simply shakes her head and goes on her way. Then he comes across the pond where Mr. McGregor keeps goldfish and fills his watering can.

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Peter sees a cat sitting very still and staring at the gold fish but decides to stay away because his cousin, Benjamin Bunny , had warned him about cats. He wanders around and starts walking back toward the tool shed when he suddenly hears a scratching noise.

He climbs into a wheelbarrow to carefully take look at what could be making such a sound. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a British children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. He escapes and returns home to his mother, who puts him to bed after dosing him with tea. The book was a success, and multiple reprints were issued in the years immediately following its debut.

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It has been translated into 36 languages, [1] and with 45 million copies sold it is one of the best-selling books of all time. Since its release the book has generated considerable merchandise for both children and adults, including toys, dishes, foods, clothing, and videos. Potter was one of the first to be responsible for such merchandise when she patented a Peter Rabbit doll in and followed it almost immediately with a Peter Rabbit board game. The story focuses on a family of anthropomorphic rabbits. The widowed mother rabbit keeps her four rabbit children, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter from entering the vegetable garden of a man named Mr.

Her triplets Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail obediently refrain from entering the garden, but Peter enters the garden to snack on some vegetables. Peter ends up eating more than what is good for him and goes looking for parsley to cure his stomach ache. Peter is spotted by Mr.

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McGregor and loses his jacket and shoes while trying to escape. He hides in a watering can in a shed, but then has to run away again when Mr. McGregor finds him, and ends up completely lost. After sneaking past a cat, Peter sees the gate where he entered the garden from a distance and heads for it, despite being spotted and chased by Mr. McGregor again. With difficulty he wriggles under the gate, and escapes from the garden, but he spots his abandoned clothing being used to dress Mr.

McGregor's scarecrow. After returning home, a sick Peter is sent to bed by his mother, and his triplet sisters receive a scrumptuous dinner of milk, bread and blackberries whilst Peter has a supper of chamomile tea. The story was inspired by a pet rabbit Potter had as a child, which she named Peter Piper. In , Moore, realizing the commercial potential of Potter's stories, suggested they be made into books.

Potter embraced the suggestion, and, borrowing her complete correspondence which had been carefully preserved by the Moore children , selected a letter written on 4 September to five-year-old Noel that featured a tale about a rabbit named Peter. Potter biographer Linda Lear explains: "The original letter was too short to make a proper book so [Potter] added some text and made new black-and-white illustrations These changes slowed the narrative down, added intrigue, and gave a greater sense of the passage of time. Then she copied it out into a stiff-covered exercise book, and painted a coloured frontispiece showing Mrs Rabbit dosing Peter with camomile tea".

McGregor's Garden and sent it to publishers, but "her manuscript was returned Some publishers wanted a shorter book, others a longer one. But most wanted coloured illustrations which by were both popular and affordable".


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When Warne inquired about the lack of colour illustrations in the book, Potter replied that rabbit-brown and green were not good subjects for colouration. Warne declined the book but left open the possibility of future publication. Warne wanted colour illustrations throughout the "bunny book" as the firm referred to the tale and suggested cutting the illustrations "from forty-two to thirty-two She sent Warne "several colour illustrations, along with a copy of her privately printed edition" which Warne then handed to their eminent children's book illustrator L.

Leslie Brooke for his professional opinion.

Brooke was impressed with Potter's work. Fortuitously, his recommendation coincided with a sudden surge in the small picture-book market. Meanwhile, Potter continued to distribute her privately printed edition to family and friends, with the celebrated creator of Sherlock Holmes , Arthur Conan Doyle , acquiring a copy for his children. When the first private printing of copies was sold out, another were prepared. Potter arrived at an agreement with Warne for an initial commercial publication of 5, copies.

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The blocks for the illustrations and text were sent to printer Edmund Evans for engraving , and she made adjustments to the proofs when she received them. Lear writes that "Even before the publication of the tale in early October , the first 8, copies were sold out. By the year's end there were 28, copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit in print. By the middle of there was a fifth edition sporting coloured endpapers Warne's New York office "failed to register the copyright for The Tale of Peter Rabbit in the United States", and unlicensed copies of the book " from which Potter would receive no royalties began to appear in the spring of There was nothing anyone could do to stop them".

The enormous financial loss " Potter asserted that her tales would one day be nursery classics, and part of the "longevity of her books comes from strategy", writes Potter biographer Ruth MacDonald. Considerable variations to the original format and version of The Tale of Peter Rabbit , as well as spin-off merchandise, have been made available over the decades.

Variant versions include "pop-ups, toy theatres, and lift-the-flap books". By , modern technology had made available "videos, audio cassette, a CD-ROMs, a computer program, and Internet sites", as described by Margaret Mackey writing in The case of Peter Rabbit: changing conditions of literature for children. She continues: "Warne and their collaborators and competitors have produced a large collection of activity books and a monthly educational magazine". A plethora of other Peter Rabbit related merchandise exists, and "toy shops in the United States and Britain have whole sections of [the] store specially signposted and earmarked exclusively for Potter-related toys and merchandise".