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''The Tale of Peter Rabbit'' was published in 1901 and is Creator/BeatrixPotter's first, and most famous [[ChildrensLiterature children's book]].

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.

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.
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!!This book provides examples of the following tropes:
* AnimatedAdaptation: The story gained a couple animated adaptations over the past decades. The earliest is the Merri Melodies's 1935 cartoon "The Country Boy". Then two were created in 1991 first is HBO Family's animated musical adaptation as part of a series "Storybook Musicals" and another being released the same year called WesternAnimation/TheWorldOfPeterRabbitAndFriends. Creator/GoldenFilms also released an animated movie in 1995 called "The New Adventures Of Peter Rabbit" where Peter is a little bit older along with his three sisters. And the most recent is the 2012 Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} series WesternAnimation/PeterRabbit. Creator/RabbitEarsProductions also created an animated adaptation of this tale that was narrated by Creator/MerylStreep.
* AnimalTalk
* AscendedExtra: In the HBO Family series "Storybook Musicals". Peter's sisters Mopsy,Flopsy, and Cottontail have more presence complete with scenes showing them picking berries. The trio have a total of 3 songs all sang by each other while Peter only has one song besides singing short verses.
* AerithAndBob: "Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names wereŚ Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter."
* BadassAdorable: Benjamin's dad is the only rabbit that is able to fight back by using his switch in "Benjamin Bunny" to protect Peter and his son.
* BunniesForCuteness: Peter Rabbit and his sisters serve as the TropeCodifier for this trope. While not the first, Peter Rabbit could be considered one of the earliest uses of this trope in children's media and how the history of bunnies commonly associated with cute began with.
* 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.
* ForbiddenFruit: 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.
* 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.
* PurpleProse: Famously, when the sparrows saw Peter trapped they "implored him to exert himself."
* RascallyRabbit: Peter Rabbit was a notorious troublemaker, as was his cousin Benjamin.
* SneezeOfDoom: A sneeze gives Peter away to Mr [=McGregor=] when he's hiding in the watering can.
* SuddenlyVoiced: While Mr Mcgregor's white cat in most adaptations is never heard talking. In the HBO Family series "Storybook Musicals" she is given her own musical number provided by the voice actress and singer who also voices Peter's mother in the same special.
* 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.
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