What's Peter Rabbit About

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin is an original classic by Beatrix Potter. Beatrix Potter’s famous tale of a naughty squirrel who loses his tail is as popular today as it was when it was first published over 100 years ago. Join Nutkin, his brother Twinkleberry and all his cousins as they make their way over to Owl Island to gather nuts. See what happens when Old Brown, the terrifying owl guardian of the island decides he has had enough of silly Nutkin’s cheekiness! Ouch!!

Peter Rabbit Books in Order

Who Wrote The Peter Rabbit Books

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Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866, at No 2, Bolton Gardens, Kensington, London. She loved nature and drawing as a child. In 1893, Beatrix sat down to write a picture letter to Noel Moore, the five-year-old son of her ex-governess, all about a naughty rabbit called Peter. Noel was ill in bed and so Beatrix wrote to him: “My dear Noel, I don’t know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits….” And that’s how <i>The Tale of Peter Rabbit</i> was created. It wasn’t until 1902 that Frederick Warne published what would become one of the most beloved stories in children’s books.

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The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (Peter Rabbit) - Book #2
Written by Beatrix Potter
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The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin is an original classic by Beatrix Potter. Beatrix Potter’s famous tale of a naughty squirrel who loses his tail is as popular today as it was when it was first published over 100 years ago. Join Nutkin, his brother Twinkleberry and all his cousins as they make their way over to Owl Island to gather nuts. See what happens when Old Brown, the terrifying owl guardian of the island decides he has had enough of silly Nutkin’s cheekiness! Ouch!!

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The Tailor of Gloucester - Book #3
Written & illustrated by Beatrix Potter
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

The Tailor of Gloucester was first published in 1903 and tells the story of a poor tailor trying to survive in his freezing workshop over a hard winter. He has a terribly important commission to complete for the Mayor of Gloucester’s wedding on Christmas Day but is ill and tired, and before long is running out of food and thread, as well as time! How will he possibly complete the beautiful coat and embroidered waistcoat? Luckily, there lives in the dresser, some very kind and very resourceful mice who set about helping the poor tailor with his work. Not only are they exceedingly helpful, but they are also, luckily, far far too clever for the tailor’s sly cat, Simpkin.

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The Tale of Benjamin Bunny - Book #4
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The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is an original classic by Beatrix Potter. Peter Rabbit’s cousin, Benjamin Bunny, has been a very popular character since this book’s first publication in 1904. In this tale we hear all about his and Peter’s adventures in Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden, and what happens to them when they meet a cat! Even more frightening, is what happens to the two pesky bunnies when Old Mr Benjamin Bunny finds out what they have been up to!

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The Tale of Two Bad Mice - Book #5
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A doll’s house is the delightful setting for this most hilarious tale. One day, when the house is empty, those two bad mice, Tom Thumb and his wife, Hunca Munca, make themselves at home, only to find that the delicious looking ham that they were planning to devour is made of plaster, and the fish is glued to the plate! How they deal with this unexpected situation, and what happens when the house’s occupants unexpectedly return, make for a surprising ending.

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The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle - Book #6
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The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-winkle is an original classic by Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-winkle was first published in 1905, and is as charming today as it was then. It tells the tale of a hidden home high in the hills. It is discovered one day by a little girl called Lucie, who is in search of her missing pocket handkerchiefs. She knocks on the tiny door, and meets Mrs Tiggy-winkle who does all the washing and ironing for the neighbouring animals. Lucie spends a lovely day helping her, and it’s only right at the end of the day that she realises Mrs Tiggy-winkle is a hedgehog!

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The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan - Book #7
Written by Beatrix Potter
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The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan features the houses, gardens and streets of the village of Sawrey, where Beatrix Potter lived, at Hill Top, her first farm. The inhabitants, however, are animals rather than people, and problems arise when Ribby the cat invites Duchess the dog to tea. The Tale of The Pie and the Patty-Pan is number 7 in Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit series.

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The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher - Book #8
Written by Beatrix Potter
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The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher endures as one of Beatrix Potter’s most popular and well-loved tales. It tells of an optimistic and slightly accident-prone frog, who sets off on a fishing expedition across the pond, only to find himself bitten on the toe but a water-beetle, fighting with a stickleback, and eventually nearly eaten by a trout!

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The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit - Book #9
Written by Beatrix Potter
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

This, along with The Tale of Miss Moppet, was intended for very young children. It is a simple tale of what befalls a rude little rabbit that doesn’t say ‘please’ before he takes something that belongs to someone else.

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The Story of Miss Moppet - Book #10
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This, along with The Tale of The Fierce Bad Rabbit, was intended for very young children. It recounts the tale of a pussy cat, Miss Moppet, chasing a mouse. It turns out to be a bit of a battle of wits, and who do you think will win?

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The Tale of Tom Kitten - Book #11
Written by Beatrix Potter
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

The Tale of Tom Kitten is set in the cottage garden Beatrix created herself at Hill Top, the farm she owned near the village of Sawrey. Tom and his sisters look so smart in their new clothes. When their mother sends them outside while she waits for her visitors, she couldn’t possibly guess what kind of mess they are going to get themselves into!

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The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck - Book #12
Written & illustrated by Beatrix Potter
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Searching for a convenient nesting-place, befuddled Jemima Puddle-Duck chooses a fox’s den. On board pages.

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The Tale of Samuel Whiskers - Book #13
Written by Beatrix Potter
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The first farm that Beatrix Potter owned, Hill Top, was an old house with thick walls and many hiding places for rats and mice. In The Tale of Samuel Whiskers this farmhouse is Tom Kitten’s home and the story tells what happens when Tom accidently comes upon the rat Samuel Whiskers living in a secret hideout behind the attic walls.

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The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies - Book #14
Written by Beatrix Potter
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

When the cupboard is bare at the Flopsy Bunny’s burrow, the family all have to go in search of food. They soon find some old lettuces on Mr McGregor’s rubbish heap, but who can imagine the horrors that await them as they enjoy a nap after lunch! Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny are two of Beatrix Potter’s most popular characters and they are brought together in this exciting tale of danger and friendship.

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The Tale of Ginger and Pickles - Book #15
Written by Beatrix Potter
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Ginger and Pickles (a terrier and a ginger cat) kept a very popular shop. Their customers loved to buy their provisions there, but they were less keen to pay for them and ran up a great deal of credit, making poor Ginger and Pickles lives very difficult indeed.

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The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (Peter Rabbit) - Book #16
Written by Beatrix Potter
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Mrs Tittlemouse is a terribly tidy little wood mouse. She is always sweeping her burrow, polishing and tidying. It is an endless job and it seems that no sooner has she made a good start than another messy visitor appears to leave their muddy footprints everywhere. Beatrix Potter had in her youth made beautiful microscopic studies of insects, and this knowledge enabled her to produce delightful pictures of the many uninvited guests, from spiders to bees, found in Mrs. Tittlemouse’s underground home.

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The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes - Book #17
Written by Beatrix Potter
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After a terrible misunderstanding, poor Timmy Tiptoes ends up deep inside the trunk of a dead tree, with no means of getting out. Luckily, the chipmunk who lived there was very friendly and kind to Timmy. Before long, a strong wind blows the top off the dead tree trunk, but poor Timmy can’t get himself out on account of eating far too many nuts and being a little bit too round! Beatrix wrote this story to appeal directly to her American fans and featured animals of American origin (grey squirrels, chipmunks and a black bear) all living happily in the Lake District woods!

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The Tale of Mr. Tod - Book #18
Written & illustrated by Beatrix Potter
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A children’s story about the unfriendly relations between a disagreeable fox and an uncouth badger and the problems they create for the rabbits living peacefully in the forest.

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The Tale of Pigling Bland - Book #19
Written by Beatrix Potter
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The Tale of Pigling Bland was published the year the Beatrix Potter was married and settled down to farming life for good. She had already been keeping pigs and she sketched them for this story, using her own farmyard as the setting. One little black pig was a household pet and features as the “perfectly lovely” Pig-wig who runs away with Pigling Bland.

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The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse - Book #20
Written & illustrated by Beatrix Potter
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Do you ever feel that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence? Well, so did Johnny Town-Mouse and Timmy Willie. One was a town mouse and one was a country mouse, and when they end up in each other’s worlds they soon discover that they were much happier where they started!

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Peter Hops Aboard: A Peter Rabbit Tale
Written by Beatrix Potter
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

A fun, summery Peter Rabbit board book about a day at the pond.

It’s a sunny afternoon and the Rabbit family are having a picnic. The pond is sparkling in the sunshine and Peter wants to build a raft - all by himself. He soon finds it’s quite tricky without some help. Luckily his sisters are there to lend him a hand.

This fun summer tale has a positive message about learning to ask for help. Eleanor Taylor’s charming illustrations of Beatrix Potter’s well-loved characters mirror young reader’s early experiences.

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What Can You See Peter?: A Peter Rabbit Lift-the-Flap Book
Written by Beatrix Potter
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

A lift-the-flap board book intoducing early concepts, featuring Beatrix Potter’s classic character, Peter Rabbit.

Join Peter Rabbit as he finds his friends hiding in the garden, searches for the source of different noises at the pond, and spots his sisters in the burrow.

With lift-the-flaps, beautiful modern artwork from Ellie Taylor, and simple text, this book will keep little paws entertained for hours. Based on the classic tales by Beatrix Potter, this Peter Rabbit book is the perfect way to introduce colors, numbers, and opposites to very young readers.

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