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The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

Beatrix Potter

Book Overview: 

In The Flopsy Bunnies, Benjamin Bunny and his cousins Peter and Flopsy are adult rabbits. Benjamin and Flopsy are married, and the parents of six children called simply The Flopsy Bunnies. Food is not always readily available to the large family and they are forced to resort to Mr. McGregor's rubbish heap of rotten vegetables for sustenance. Mr. McGregor catches the six Flopsy Bunnies after they fall asleep in the rubbish heap and puts them in a sack, intending to sell them for tobacco. When McGregor is distracted for a moment, the sextet is freed by Thomasina Tittlemouse, a woodmouse, and the sack filled with rotten vegetables by Benjamin and Flopsy. At home, Mr. McGregor receives a sharp scolding from his wife when she discovers the vegetables and believes her husband is playing a trick on her.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .When Benjamin Bunny grew up, he married his Cousin Flopsy. They had a large family, and they were very improvident and cheerful. I do not remember the separate names of their children; they were generally called the "Flopsy Bunnies." As there was not always quite enough to eat,—Benjamin used to borrow cabbages from Flopsy's brother, Peter Rabbit, who kept a nursery garden.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Soporific. But in this specific case, it's a compliment.

I must share with you this wonderful passage from John Evelyn's Acetaria: A Discourse of Sallets (1699), quoted in McGee's On Food and Cooking:... by reason of its soporifous qualities, lettuce ever...more

Whoof. One of the more...not precisely bloody, but certainly perilous of Potter's stories. While foraging in the McGregor garbage heap, the young Flopsy Bunnies fall asleep and are snatched up by the farmer. He intends to kill and skin them, but their father, Benjamin Bunny, manages to get help a...more

No disrespect to Ms. Potter BUT WHAT was shge thinking???? This sotry reads like a horror show. Come on... 5 wee fluyffy bunnies go out one day in search of some tasty lettuce..... find the compost heap and thing "HUMMMM I hit the lotto"... proceed to much lettuce that NO ONE wants and then take...more

This review goes for all the bunny-centric Beatrix Potter books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, and The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit. I'm just attaching it to The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies because I think it has the cutest drawings (leetle behbeh bunneh ears!).


i wonder if those poor flopsy bunnies knew how close they got to being eten

One of my most prized possessions is my ‘Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends’ box set. I remember my Mum and Dad reading the stories to me before bedtime, and when I became a more confident reader I would sit and read the books for hours, admiring the beautiful illustrations. In fact, sometimes I j...more

Such a delightfully sweet story!

Grimms' Fairy Tales anyone? This book is dark and graphic. This is the story of bunnies who are tossed in a sack and are ready to be skinned and eaten. Fortunately, the bunnies are able to excape, but wow!

The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies is the fourteenth book in Beatrix Potter's famous series of 23 little children's books, which are mainly about animals. The author wrote these between 1902–1930, and they were published by Frederick Warne. She had already written two full-length tales with a rabbit...more

Reading Beatrix Potter because I saw the movie about her and was delighted by her sensible delicacy and mixture of imagination and pragmatism.

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon 2 February 2015.

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