So, do you know Peter Rabbit? Does your child? Yesterday I read this story to our kindergarten students. I'm the librarian. I discovered that half didn't know our little Peter. Now they do--and they identify with his trials and tribulations.
In the beginning we learn that Peter feels dismay because he always gets into trouble and his three sisters are just saints! Now how is that possible? You know he must think that. Anyway, he has a new blue jacket about which his mother asks him to take particular care. He is admonished NOT to go near Mr. McGregor's garden. She goes shopping and leaves them on their own.
Yes, Peter finds himself at the garden! How did that happen? And--that ol' McGregor sees him and shouts him away. Poor Peter falls into a net and escapes only by peeling out of his new blue jacket. Oh, goodbye new jacket! Then he hides in a garden can of cold water. Oh dear, poor Peter! Finally, he escapes and scurries home where his mother puts him to bed with a draught of bitter medicine. Meanwhile, his goody-two-shoe sisters get blackberries and cream for supper, a mighty tasty meal for little rabbits. Peter Rabbit is once again the naughty rabbit and does get a dose of his own medicine.
The pop-ups are clever, mostly. A couple are just simple images, like a bird pulling up a worm. It is classic Beatrix Potter, so no negative comments from me! I had two books to read that day, so I skipped some of the pop-ups. The child who checked out the book notified me that I missed some. They don't miss a thing, do they?