The Tale of Peter Rabbit was actually written in 1893 but not published for sale to the public until 1902. Miss Potter originally wrote the story for the son of her former governess. It was originally rejected by several publishers so Miss Potter has the book printed herself to give to family and friends.
Eventually Frederick Warne agreed to publish the tale if the author would supply color pictures. The original book had black and white illustrations. The book was sold for one shilling and was an instant success, and has remained so ever since.
It is the tale of a little boy rabbit that disobeyed his mother and went into Mr. McGregor's garden. Peter squeezed under the garden gate and ate lettuce and beans and radishes and then began to feel sick. He went in search for parsley to help him feel better when he ran into Mr. McGregor! Peter was chased through the garden and even lost his little blue jacket along the way. He sought the assistance of a little mouse in finding his way out of the garden but she was not able to assist him. Peter finally finds his way back to the garden gate and he ran and ran until he finally arrived at home. His mother wandered what happened to his clothes, gave him some "medicine" and put him to bed without his dinner.
Your library will surely have a copy of Peter Rabbit for you to enjoy.
posted by Mrs. Klause
March 10, 2008