The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a 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. McGregor.
Peter Rabbit is an inquisitive fellow. He’s the middle child of his family of 14, and always feels a little left out. His family lives on the edge of Angel McGregor’s farm, and his parents are constantly telling their children to stay out of their garden, unless they want to turn into a lucky charm, like poor Uncle Bopper.
But Peter is small, and thinks that he has reflexes like a ninja. Mr. McGregor always has such wonderful food growing, and Peter is hungry, there’s only so much nutrients in the grasses his mother prepares for their meals.
So one day he sneaks under the fence, and heads towards the garden. He must pass the house in order to get to it, and as he sneaks around the corner he sees a peculiar sight. A beautiful woman is peering through one of the windows, sighing and whispering about how beautiful Angel is. She’s so caught up in her bizarre fantasy that she doesn’t notice the tiny rabbit creep past.
In the garden Peter stuffs his belly, and is just ready to head home when a shadow falls over him. It’s Mr. McGregor.
As Peter takes off for the fence, he sees the beautiful woman fleeing in the opposite direction. He zigzags across the lawn, and hears a crack behind him, and something wizzes past him. His mother was not lying when she told him that the farmer had a stick that would shoot its insides into poor rabbits!
Peter reaches the fence, but realizes that he has eaten too much, the bulge in his belly won’t let him get through the gap. The farmer is drawing near, and Peter is preparing himself for his death, when four of his siblings appear on the far side of the fence.
They scramble through the fence, and charge the farmer. The poor man is shocked by this behavior, and stumbles before careening into the fence. It goes down, and the rabbits scurry to safety.
Peter is grounded for a week, and as Mr. McGregor erects a new fence, promises to never again enter his yard.