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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.
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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 was

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 just

I loved this, but why, just why, did two close cousins have to get married and have children? I get that they're not humans, but that's still weird.

Here we see Benjamin Bunny grown up and married with little bunnies of his own. We get the impression that Benjamin was not quite as industrious as he should have been because he seemed to depend on relatives to help provide for his immediate family.

One of these relatives is Peter. Apparently Peter

Such a delightfully sweet story!

It is said that the effect of eating too much chocolate is "soporific".
I have never felt sleepy after eating chocolate, but then I am not a lightweight. (The effect is most likely known as "diabetes", however.)

I also did not grow up to marry my cousin, which-though possibly legal-is not a sufficient

Great art. Benjamin Bunny is a pappa here and he has little bunnies. They spend a day eating well and sunny when the little bunnies are caught. It was not disturbing to my niece. They do escape and all is well. I enjoyed this little story as did my niece. She wanted to hear another one.

This one dark, yo.

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 as

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