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The Tale of Peter Rabbit


ONCE upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were--

Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.

They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a

very big fir tree.

"NOW, my dears," said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, "you may go into the

fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your

Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor."

"NOW run along, and don't get into mischief. I am going out."

THEN old Mrs. Rabbit took a basket and her umbrella, to the baker's. She

bought a loaf of brown bread and five currant buns.

FLOPSY, Mopsy, and Cottontail, who were good little bunnies, went down

the lane to gather blackberries;

BUT Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor's

garden and squeezed under the gate!Groan

FIRST he ate some lettuces and some French beans; and then he ate some

radishes;YUM

AND then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley.

BUT round the end of a cucumber frame, whom should he meet but Mr.

McGregor! The farmer

MR. McGREGOR was on his hands and knees planting out young cabbages, but

he jumped up and ran after Peter, waving a rake and calling out, "Stop

thief!"

PETER was most dreadfully frightened; he rushed all over the garden, for

he had forgotten the way back to the gate.

He lost one of his shoes among the cabbages, and the other shoe amongst

the potatoes.

AFTER losing them, he ran on four legs and went faster, so that I think

he might have got away altogether if he had not unfortunately run into a

gooseberry net, and got caught by the large buttons on his jacket. It

was a blue jacket with brass buttons, quite new. Grunt

PETER gave himself up for lost, and shed big tears; but his sobs were

overheard by some friendly sparrows, who flew to him in great

excitement, and implored him to exert himself.

”come on Peter, you have to stand up and run, before you get caught”

MR. McGREGOR came up with a sieve, which he intended to pop upon the top

of Peter

This is how I’ll catch you you big eared rabbit toothed rascal!

; but Peter wriggled out just in time, Grunt leaving his jacket behind

him.

He rushed into the toolshed, and jumped into a can. This would be a beautiful thing to hide in, if it did not have so much water in it.

MR. McGREGOR was quite sure that Peter was somewhere in the toolshed,

perhaps hidden underneath a flower-pot. He began to turn them over

carefully, looking under each.

Come out you scallywag! I know you’re here!

Presently Peter sneezed--"Kertyschoo!" Mr. McGregor was after him in no

time,

He tried to put his foot upon Peter, who jumped out of a window, Grunt

upsetting three plants. The window was too small for Mr. McGregor, and

he was tired of running after Peter.I give up. That whippersnapper is much to quick for an old man like me He went back to his work.

PETER sat down to rest; he was out of breath and trembling with fright,

and he had not the least idea which way to go. Also he was very damp

from sitting in that watery can.

After a time he began to wander about, going lippity--lippity--not very

fast, and looking all around.

HE found a door in a wall; it’s locked, and there was no room for

a fat little rabbit to squeeze underneath.

An old mouse was running in and out over the stone doorstep, carrying

peas and beans to her family in the wood. Peter asked which way to the

gate, but she had such a large pea in her mouth that she could not

answer. She only shook her head at him. Peter began to cry.

THEN he tried to find his way straight across the garden, but he became

more and more puzzled. Soon, he came to a pond where Mr. McGregor

filled his water-cans. A white cat was staring at some gold-fish; she

sat very, very still, but now and then the tip of her tail twitched as

if it were alive. Peter thought It’s probably best to go away without speaking to her; he had heard about cats from his cousin, little Benjamin Bunny.

HE went back towards the tool-shed, but suddenly, quite close to him, he

heard the noise of a hoe--scr-r-ritch, scratch, scratch, scritch. It’s Mr McGregor working in the garden!

Peter scuttered underneath the bushes. But soon, as nothing happened, he

came out, climbed upon a wheelbarrow, and peeped over. The first

thing he saw was Mr. McGregor digging onions. His back was turned towards

Peter, and beyond him was the gate!

PETER got down very quietly off the wheelbarrow, and started running as

fast as he could go, along a straight walk behind some black-currant

bushes.

Mr. McGregor caught sight of him at the corner, but Peter did not care.

He slipped underneath the gate, and was safe at last in the wood outside

the garden. Whew!

MR. McGREGOR hung up the little jacket and the shoes for a scare-crow to

frighten the blackbirds.

PETER never stopped running or looked behind him till he got home to the

big fir-tree.

He was so tired that he flopped down upon the nice soft sand on the

floor of the rabbit-hole, and shut his eyes. His mother was busy

cooking; she wondered what he had done with his clothes. It was the

second little jacket and pair of shoes that Peter had lost in a

fortnight!

I AM sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening.Sneeze

His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea; and she gave a

dose of it to Peter!

"One table-spoonful to be taken at bed-time."

BUT Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail had bread and milk and blackberries,

for supper.


QUIZ TIME!

Multiple Choice Questions:

  1. Where did the four little Rabbits live?

  • A) In a garden shed

  • B) Under a big fir tree

  • C) In a tall oak tree

  • D) In a burrow under a hill

  1. Why did Mrs. Rabbit warn her children not to go into Mr. McGregor's garden?

  • A) Because Mr. McGregor didn't like rabbits

  • B) Because their father had an accident there

  • C) Because the garden was full of scary animals

  • D) Because there was no food for rabbits

  1. What did Peter do in Mr. McGregor's garden?

  • A) He ate radishes and lettuce

  • B) He played with the white cat

  • C) He went fishing in the pond

  • D) He picked flowers for his mother

  1. What did Mr. McGregor use to try to catch Peter?

  • A) A rake

  • B) A watering can

  • C) A fishing net

  • D) A basket

  1. How did Peter finally manage to escape from Mr. McGregor's garden?

  • A) He climbed over the fence

  • B) He hid under a flower pot

  • C) He ran underneath the gate

  • D) He squeezed through a hole in the wall

Answers:

  1. Answer: B) Under a big fir tree

  2. Answer: B) Because their father had an accident there

  3. Answer: A) He ate radishes and lettuce

  4. Answer: A) A rake

  5. Answer: C) He ran underneath the gate

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