Peter Rabbit is an [[CivilizedAnimal anthropomorphic rabbit]] who lives next door to the (human) farmer, [=McGregor=]. His mother's always told him to stay out of Farmer [=McGregor's=] garden because Peter's father was killed and eaten there. Of course, Peter foolishly disobeys this advice and sneaks into [=McGregor=]'s garden to stuff himself on vegetables and get into all sorts of trouble.

''The Tale of Peter Rabbit'' was published in 1901 and is Creator/BeatrixPotter's first, and most famous [[ChildrensLiterature children's book]]. It's now in the public domain in the United States and can be read [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14838/14838-h/14838-h.htm here]]. A [[http://kidscreen.com/2012/10/09/cbeebies-hops-into-new-peter-rabbit-series/ CGI series based on the tale]] began on [=CBeebies=] in December 2012. A special associated with the series aired on Nickelodeon in the United States in December, 2012, and [[WesternAnimation/PeterRabbit the series]] began in the U.S. in February 2013.
!!This book provides examples of the following tropes:
* AerithAndBob: "Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names wereŚ Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter."
* BeastFable: Listen to your parents, kids. The dangerous strangers they tell you to stay away from are ''actually dangerous''.
* BittersweetEnding: Peter escapes with his life, but is left traumatized and ill for a fair while.
* BlackComedy:
--> '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 [[NeverSayDie had an accident there]]; [[AngstWhatAngst he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor]].'
* CallBack: The events of this tale are referenced in the one about Peter's cousin Benjamin Bunny, who helps Peter break back into the garden to reclaim his clothes.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Rabbits are not only sapient, but they have a society very similar to humans. They [[AppropriateAnimalAttire wear clothes]], use pots and pans, and sleep on rabbit-sized beds. That said, Mr [=McGregor=] bakes Peter's father into a pie.
* CivilizedAnimal: Peter and his family, of course. They are very anatomically accurate, but wear clothes and live in well-furnished warrens.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot had Peter listened to his mother's advice.
* [[ForbiddenFruit Forbidden Vegetables]]: Peter is told not to go in Mr [=McGregor=]'s garden. He goes in anyway, with predictable results.
* FreezeSneeze: Peter sneezes while he's hiding in a half-full watering can.
* {{Housewife}}: Peter's mother, though she also sells tea and tobacco.
* [[InconvenientItch Inconvenient Sneeze]]: A sneeze gives Peter away to Mr [=McGregor=] when he's hiding in the watering can.
* MouseWorld: Peter and his family live on the fringes of human society.
* PantslessMalesFullyDressedFemales: Peter only wears a jacket/vest, while his mother wears a dress and apron. Peter's sisters, however, only wear shawls.
* RascallyRabbit: Peter Rabbit was a notorious troublemaker, as was his cousin Benjamin.
* TooDumbToLive: Peter's father died trespassing into Mr [=McGregor=]'s garden, and Peter [[AvertedTrope almost]] falls victim to this fate.
* WeirdnessCensor: Mr. Mc Gregor doesn't seem confused upon seeing a rabbit running around wearing clothes.
* WomenAreWiser: Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail are all smart enough to follow their mother's advise while Peter trespasses into [=McGregor's=] garden and nearly ends up a meal like his father.