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  • >> JUDITH GREGG: Hello, I'm Judith Gregg with the San José Public LIbrary, and I would

  • like to read you a story.

  • Are you sitting comfortably?

  • Then I will begin.

  • This is "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter.

  • (reads) Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy,

  • Cotton-tail and Peter.

  • They lived with their mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir tree.

  • "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 had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor."

  • Now run along and don't get into mischief. I am going out."

  • Then old Mrs. Rabbit took a basket and her umbrella and went through the wood to the

  • baker's.

  • She bought a loaf of brown bread and five currant buns.

  • Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail who were good little bunnies went down the lane together

  • To gather blackberries.

  • But Peter who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor's garden and

  • Squeezed under the gate!

  • First he ate some lettuces and some French beans

  • And then

  • He Ate

  • Some Radishes

  • And then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley.

  • But round the end of a cucumber frame, whom should he meet but Mr. McGregor!

  • Mr. McGregor was on his hands and knees planting out young cabbages, but he jumped up and ran

  • after Peter, waving a rake and calling out "Stop thief!"

  • Peter was most dreadfully frightened; he rushed all over the garden, for he had forgotten

  • the way back to the gate.

  • He lost one shoe among the cabbages, and the other amongst the potatoes.

  • After losing them, he ran on four legs and went faster

  • So that I think he might have got away altogether if he had not unfortunately run into a gooseberry

  • net

  • And got caught by the large buttons on his jacket.

  • It was a blue jacket with brass buttons, quite new.

  • Peter gave himself up for lost and shed big tears;

  • But his sobs were overheard by some friendly sparrows

  • Who flew to him in great excitement and implored him to exert himself.

  • Mr. McGregor came up with a sieve which he intended to pop on the top of Peter, but Peter

  • wriggled out just in time.

  • Leaving his jacket behind him.

  • He rushed into the tool-shed and--

  • Jumped into a can.

  • It would have been a beautiful thing to hide in, if it had not had so much water in it.

  • Mr. McGregor was quite sure that Peter was somewhere in the tool-shed, perhaps hidden

  • underneath a flower-pot.

  • He began to turn them over carefully, looking under each.

  • Presently Peter sneezed "Kertyschoo!"

  • Mr. McGregor was after him in no time, and tried to put his foot upon Peter, who

  • Jumped out of a window, upsetting three plants.

  • Peter sat down to rest; he was out of breath and trembling with fright, and he had not

  • the least idea which way to go.

  • Also he was very damp with sitting in that can.

  • After a time he began to wander about, going lippity--

  • lippity-- not very fast and looking all around.

  • He found a door in a wall; but it was locked and there was no room for a fat little rabbit

  • to squeeze underneath.

  • An old mouse was running in and out over the stone doorstep, carrying peas and beans to

  • her family in the wood. Peter asked her the way to the gate but she had such a large pea

  • in her mouth she could not answer. She only shook her head at him.

  • Peter began to cry.

  • Then he tried to find his way straight across the garden, but he became more and more puzzled.

  • Presently he came to a pond where Mr. McGregor filled his water-cans. A white cat was staring

  • at some gold-fish; she sat very, very still, but now and then the tip of her tail twitched

  • as if it were alive. Peter thought it best to go away without speaking to her.

  • He had heard about cats from his cousin, little Benjamin Bunny.

  • He went back towards the tool-shed, but suddenly, quite close to him, he heard the noise of

  • a hoe--scr-r-ritch, scratch, scratch, scritch.

  • Peter scuttered underneath the bushes, but presently as nothing happened, he came out

  • and

  • Climbed upon a wheelbarrow, and peeped over.

  • The first thing he saw was Mr. McGregor hoeing onions. His back was turned towards Peter

  • and beyond him was the gate!

  • Peter got down very quietly off the wheel-barrow and started running as fast as he could go,

  • along a straight walk behind some black currant bushes. Mr. McGregor caught sight of him at

  • the corner, but Peter did not care. He slipped underneath the gate and was safe at last in

  • the wood outside the garden.

  • Mr. McGregor hung up the little jacket and the shoes for a scare-crow to frighten the

  • blackbirds. [Illustration]

  • Peter never stopped running or looked behind him

  • Till he got home to the big fir-tree.

  • He was so tired that he flopped down upon the nice soft sand on the floor of the rabbit

  • hole, and shut his eyes. His mother was busy cooking; she wondered what he had done with

  • his clothes.

  • It was the second little jacket and pair of shoes that Peter had lost in a fortnight!

  • I am sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him

  • to bed and made some camomile tea; and she gave a dose of it to Peter! "One teaspoonful

  • to be taken at bedtime." But--

  • Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail had bread and milk and blackberries for supper.

  • THE END

  • >> JUDITH GREGG: If you would like to see more stories like this, please go to sjpl.org.

  • Thank you.

>> JUDITH GREGG: Hello, I'm Judith Gregg with the San José Public LIbrary, and I would

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