The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Today you will hear the Tale of Peter Rabbit.

This is episode number 119, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

On Easter Sunday, two of our good friends came over to our house and brought a box of homemade sugar cookies in a variety of different shapes. The cookies were very neatly frosted, there were carrots, dragonflies, little pots and birds. And then a little bunny I recognized as Peter Rabbit. He was wearing his famous blue jacket with brass buttons. Of course, the brass being painted a sort of gold color.

I asked my friend Oda, who had made these cookies and who is Norwegian, if Peter Rabbit is famous in Norway and she gave me a very enthusiastic “Oh, yeah!”

Like me, she’d grown up reading the stories of Peter and his adventures. As a child, I remember my mom reading the tales of Beatrix Potter. Beatrix Potter was an incredible illustrator and author, and her images really bring life to the words that go alongside them. I mean, who doesn’t like bunnies and field mice and other little cute animals in adorable clothes? Maybe you can picture them in your own head. If you can’t, I highly recommend going to the episode webpage for this episode and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. 

Illustration by Beatrix Potter

Illustration by Beatrix Potter

Illustration by Beatrix Potter

Illustration by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit was released in 1902 in English; Beatrix Potter was a British author. To date, stories of Peter Rabbit have been translated into 35 languages, and over 150 million copies have been sold worldwide. Since the story is now in the public domain, I can share it with you. So today I’ll share the original tale of Peter Rabbit, the 1902 version of it.

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Without any further ado, let’s begin.

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