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Original text and illustrations by Beatrix Potter –Public Domain
The Tale of
By Mack Lewis
Based on the story by Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter–Our storyteller
Peter Rabbit—a “bad bunny”
Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail – Peter’s sisters
Mrs. Rabbit–Peter’s mother
Roger Red Robin–Peter’s friend
Mr. McGregor–a grumpy ol’ farmer
Sparrows 1, 2, and 3
Scene One: In the rabbit hole
Beatrix: Once upon a time there were four
little rabbits named Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. They lived with their mother
underneath the roots of a very big fir tree.
Mrs. Rabbit: Now my darlings, you may go
to play in the fields or down the road, but
don’t go anywhere near Mr. McGregor’s
Mopsy: Why not, mama?
Mrs. Rabbit: Because Mr. McGregor’s
garden is a dangerous place. Your father had
a nasty accident there. He was put in a pie by
Beatrix: This frightened the young rabbits.
Peter: But ma, what if my tummy gets to
talkin’ at me?
Mrs. Rabbit: You can pick blackberries
down the lane.
Peter: Ah! I don’t like blackberries. I like
lettuces and cabbages!
Mrs. Rabbit: Peter, do you want to be put
in a pie like your father? Lettuce and cabbage
aren’t worth the risk, especially when there
are delicious blackberries to eat. Now, put on
your jackets and run along. I’m going out.
Remember, don’t get into mischief and stay
out of Mr. McGregor’s garden!
Beatrix: Mrs. Rabbit helped Flopsy, Mopsy,
Cottontail, and Peter on with their jackets.
Mopsy: Oh, mama!
Mrs. Rabbit: It’s all right my dears.
Nothing will happen to you—as long as you
stay out of Mr. McGregor’s garden!
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Beatrix: But this warning didn’t scare
Peter. He was ornery and stubborn. And he
was always thinking about food!
Mrs. Rabbit: I’ll be back soon with some
fresh rye bread and currant buns. Now,
Peter, don’t go getting your new jacket dirty.
It was really quite expensive.
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eight. I hear Mr. Peter: Naw. Don’t be such a goodie-two-shoes. Mopsy is it! Beatrix: And before Mopsy could finish counting. but my mother told me to stay away from there. Then she found Flopsy peeking out of a gopher hole. Peter? Peter: I ain’t scared. Flopsy: What shall we play? Mopsy: Seven. Beatrix: But soon. Flopsy: Yes. three. Peter was running straight away to McGregor’s garden. .Beatrix: Then Mrs. . nine . Besides. here I come! Beatrix: While Mopsy covered her eyes and counted. you can worry about what your mommy says. But Peter’s stomach was already rumbling. . I’ve got on my new jacket! What if it got torn or dirty? What would my mother say then? Scene Two: Outside the Rabbit Hole Roger: Well. that sounds good. Roger Red Robin: Hey. the others hid. Have you seen McGregor’s garden lately? The radishes are coming up and the French beans are getting’ ripe by the minute. One. Mopsy: I can’t find him anywhere. Mopsy: Four. and Cottontail all gave up. and because their stomachs were rumbling. Peter. I think you’re just scared. or you can worry about what your friends think of you. Flopsy. All Rights Reserved. Rabbit took a basket and her umbrella and went through the woods toward the bakery. two. Peter: I don’t know. Peter was no where to be found. that’s a sissy game. I don’t think you care about your jacket.. they hopped down the lane to gather blackberries. Even when the other rabbits helped. but we’d better keep looking. Mopsy: Ten! Ready or not. Peter: Ooh. five. Let’s play Hide and Go Seek. McGregor can’t catch me! . .com Peter Rabbit Read Aloud Play Page 3 of 12 . Cottontail: Me neither. www. But she couldn’t find Peter anywhere. six . McGregor is a mean old goat. Peter. Mopsy: I’ll count to ten.. Peter was waiting for Mopsy to reach ten when Roger Red Robin fluttered down and landed beside him. But I am hungry.readaloudplays. © 2010 Mack Lewis. He’s probably run off again. . Cottontail: Let’s go to the field and play London Bridge! Will you play. come on. Mopsy. . Beatrix: Mopsy quickly found Cottontail hiding in the tall grass. Roger: Oh.
Soon. cabbages. McGregor’s garden. McGregor. but round the end of the cucumber patch. In his panic he lost one of his shoes among the cabbages and the other shoe in the potatoes. they became very full.Roger: There’s the gate to Mr. Peter. McGregor: Stop. beans. carrots. I’d better go look for some parsley to settle my stomach. that nasty bird has flown away! I’ll be stew meat for sure! Ohhhh! Someone please help! Beatrix: Peter’s sobs were overheard by three sparrows. chasing after him with his rake. © 2010 Mack Lewis. . Sparrow #1: What’s the matter? Peter: My guts is startin’ to ache.readaloudplays. Peter: Roger! Help me. who should he meet but Mr. Roger! The McGregors are gonna put me in a stew! Scene 3: Inside Mr. who flew down to him. you! Beatrix: Peter rushed all over the garden but he’d forgotten his way back to the gate. radishes. whatta we have here? A rodent in my garden? The missus will have to fix up some rabbit stew for supper! Peter: (sobbing) Of course I’m stuck! And what’s worse. and worms always taste best in a healthy garden! Let’s eat! Beatrix: Peter ate some bell peppers and some French beans while Roger scratched up some seeds and nibbled on a worm. As they ate. melons . You squeeze under it and I’ll meet you inside by the carrot patch. Roger! Oh. www. McGregor lunged toward Peter. Beatrix: Mr. thief! Peter: Yahoo!! Peter: Oh no! I gotta find the gate! Help. McGregor is gonna eat me! Sparrow #1: Eat you? Sparrow #2: How disgusting! Sparrow #3: He’ll cook you first. All Rights Reserved. you know. McGregor! McGregor: Well. Mmmm! Roger: Yeah.com Peter Rabbit Read Aloud Play Page 4 of 12 . cucumbers. . McGregor: Come back here. Then he got the brass buttons on his new blue jacket tangled in a gooseberry net and became stuck. they said naughty things and told jokes about Mr. Sparrow #2: Why are you crying? Sparrow #3: Are you stuck? Beatrix: Peter set out through the garden. I think I’ve eaten too much. McGregor’s garden Peter: Wow! Look at all these delicious veggies: lettuces.
McGregor now. pull! Pull harder! Sparrow #2: Now you’re really in trouble.com Peter Rabbit Read Aloud Play Page 5 of 12 . He was checking under some empty flower pots when Peter sneezed. new jacket hanging in the gooseberry net. Here he comes. He left his McGregor: Darn rabbits in my lettuces! I’ll catch ‘em. McGregor has to do is plop that can in the oven. All Rights Reserved. Make rabbit stew and fur-lined gloves. McGregor was about to plop a basket on Peter. rushed into the potting shed. Peter: Kertyschooo! Sparrow #1: But you’d better hurry. Sparrow #2: Now you’re all wet. That wasn’t smart. Beatrix: Just as Mr. Sparrow #2: But . The three sparrows flew into the shed and lit on an open window sill. Sparrow #2: Here comes Mr. Sparrow #3: Come on. Sparrow #1: Uho. . Please help me! Sparrow #3: Voila! Rabbit stew! Peter: Shhh. Sparrow #2: He’ll boil you in olive oil. I know! I’ve learned my lesson. McGregor: Now I’ve got ya. Peter: Phooey! This can is full of water! Peter: No. he wriggled out of his jacket and freed himself. . and jumped into a can. Beatrix: Peter raced across the garden. www. McGregor was sure Peter was somewhere in the shed. we can’t. you know. He said so! Can’t you help me? Sparrow #1: And it would have made such a good hiding place! Sparrow #1: There’s not much we can do. Sparrow #3: You know. Sparrow #3: Or bake you in a pie. all Mr. Sparrow #2: A little seasoning maybe. Beatrix: Mr. McGregor doesn’t like bunnies in his garden? Sparrow #1: Throw in some chopped carrots. Peter: I know. Sparrow #3: What were you doing in his garden anyway? Hasn’t anyone ever told you that Mr.Sparrow #1: That’s right. he’s gonna cook me in a stew. Sparrow #1: I wish we could. I will! © 2010 Mack Lewis. Sparrow #2: We’re just sparrows.readaloudplays. Sparrow #3: Run! Mr. Sparrow #3: You’re just going to have to try harder. Darn—he’s a quick one.
Mrs. Rabbit: Peter. . The sparrows landed beside him. and blackberries for supper. sometimes all you get is a Sparrow #1: See. but I’ll bet it’ll scare more rabbits.com Peter Rabbit Read Aloud Play Page 6 of 12 . it’s already scared one! tummy ache. . what am I ever going to do with you? Let’s get you to bed. And my shoes too. Flopsy: Too bad Peter can’t enjoy them with us. that’s the second jacket and pair of shoes you’ve lost this month! Peter: Mama. One tablespoonful to be taken at bedtime! Sparrow #1: Did you see your jacket? Beatrix: So Peter went off to bed feeling tired and sick. I gotta get home. and Cottontail had currant rolls. but Flopsy. Peter . Mopsy: I just love blackberries! Peter: (frightened) Can’t talk now. Scene Four: Back at home Cottontail: Mama. Mopsy. I don’t feel well.Beatrix: But Peter at last found the gate and was outside the garden. Sparrow #3: It’s supposed to scare us birds. Rabbit: Oh. Mrs. but first I’ll make you some chamomile tea. mama. Rabbit: Peter. Flopsy: And he’s lost his clothes again. All Rights Reserved. Mrs. I lost it. I guess when you go looking for mischief. www. Mopsy: He doesn’t look well. Cottontail: Poor Peter. milk.readaloudplays. It was all very delicious. © 2010 Mack Lewis. Peter’s back. have you been into mischief? What has become of your jacket? Peter: I’m sorry. Sparrow #2: He’s going to make a scarecrow out of it.
Vocabulary Development -- Peter Rabbit
Part 1: Use the line from the play to determine the meaning of the words in bold. Simply select
the word that makes sense, then use the letters from your answers to complete the riddle in the box.
1. But this didn’t scare Peter. He was ornery and
6. I’d better go look for some parsley to settle my
2. I’ll be back soon with some fresh rye bread and
7. Well, whatta we have here? A rodent in my
3. But Peter’s stomach was already rumbling.
M. gnawing mammal
8. Just as Mr. McGregor was about to plop a
basket on Peter, he wriggled out of his jacket and
4. Peter was waiting for Mopsy to reach ten when
Roger Red Robin fluttered down and landed
9. The three sparrows flew into the shed and lit on
an open window sill.
A. flapped rapidly B. stumbled C. ate loudly
5. Mr. McGregor lunged toward Peter, chasing
after him with his rake.
10. I guess when you go looking for mischief,
sometimes all you get is a tummy ache.
R. flew away
11. What did Mr. McGregor NOT get to say to Mrs. McGregor at supper that night?
Hey, there’s __
__ __ __ __
6 4 5 1
__ __ __ !
9 2 1
Part 2: Peter tends to use some poor grammar. Help him get it right by re-writing each
sentence properly. The example is done for you.
Example: No, he’s gonna cook me in a stew.
No, he’s going to cook me in a stew.
12. I ain’t scared. __________________________________________________________________
13. My guts is startin’ to ache. ________________________________________________________
14. I gotta find the gate! ______________________________________________________________
15. What if my tummy gets to talkin’ at me? _____________________________________________
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Peter Rabbit’s Fact & Opinion
Help Peter find his way out of the garden. Each time he comes to an F/O junction in the maze, look at
the next statement and decide if it is a FACT or an OPINION. If the statement is a FACT, go through
the F; if the statement is an OPINION, go through the O. When you correctly identify each, Peter will
find his way through the maze and escape the garden. (Make sure you stay in order, and remember,
Mr. McGregor is right behind Peter, so he can only go through each junction in one direction!)
1. Fact or Opinion?
London Bridge is a sissy
Enter & Escape Here!
2. Fact or Opinion?
Carrots taste better than
3. Fact or Opinion?
Mrs. McGregor made a
pie out of Peter’s father.
4. Fact or Opinion?
Peter likes to eat his
5. Fact or Opinion?
Rabbit pot pie tastes
disgusting, even with
6. Fact or Opinion?
Mr. McGregor grew bell
7. Fact or Opinion? Mrs. Rabbit shouldn’t have left the bunnies alone.
8. Fact or Opinion? Rabbits are a farmer’s worst pest.
9. Fact or Opinion? Chamomile tea is good for tummy aches.
10. Fact or Opinion? Mr. McGregor doesn’t like bunnies in his garden.
11. Fact or Opinion? Mr. McGregor made a scarecrow out of Peter’s jacket.
12. Fact or Opinion? The story of Peter Rabbit is more than one hundred years old.
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readaloudplays. “you may go into the fields or down the lane. feeling rather sick. 'Stop thief!’ Peter was most dreadfully frightened.” Then old Mrs. They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank. Mopsy. but he jumped up and ran after Peter. and then he ate some radishes. It was quite new. He lost one of his shoes amongst the cabbages. who was very naughty. And then. McGregor's garden and squeezed under the gate! First he ate some lettuces and some French beans. But round the end of a cucumber frame. McGregor! Mr. Rabbit took a basket and her umbrella. and Cotton-tail.” “Now run along. www. went down the lane to gather blackberries. he ran on four legs and went faster. But Peter. 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. my dears. and their names were Flopsy. who were good little bunnies. whom should he meet but Mr. waving a rake and calling out.com Read Aloud Plays Page 10 of 12 . McGregor was on his hands and knees planting out young cabbages. and went through the wood to the baker's.” said old Mrs. Flopsy. I am going out. © 2010 Mack Lewis. Peter gave himself up for lost and shed big tears. All Rights Reserved. ran straight away to Mr. Cotton-tail. She bought a loaf of brown bread and five currant buns. and Peter. and the other shoe amongst the potatoes. he went to look for some parsley. but his sobs were overheard by some friendly sparrows who flew to him in great excitement and implored him to exert himself. he was put in a pie by Mrs.The Tale of Peter Rabbit Original text and Illustrations by Beatrix Potter (1902) ONCE upon a time there were four little Rabbits. After losing them. “Now. Rabbit one morning. It was a blue jacket with brass buttons. McGregor's garden: your Father had an accident there. but don't go into Mr. he rushed all over the garden. for he had forgotten the way back to the gate. and don't get into mischief. McGregor. Mopsy. underneath the root of a very big fir-tree.
Mr. but it was locked. Also he was very damp with sitting in that can. Peter began to cry. he had heard about cats from his cousin. but Peter wriggled out just in time. and looking all around. All Rights Reserved. going lippity—lippity—not very fast. An old mouse was running in and out over the stone doorstep. looking under each. It would have been a beautiful thing to hide in had it not had so much water in it. he came to a pond where Mr. Presently. but she had such a large pea in her mouth that she could not answer. upsetting three plants. leaving his jacket behind him. McGregor was quite sure that Peter was somewhere in the tool-shed. Peter thought it best to go away without speaking to her.Mr. carrying peas and beans to her family in the wood. perhaps hidden underneath a flower-pot. which he intended to pop upon the top of Peter. McGregor filled his water-cans. He went back to his work. After a time he began to wander about. but he became more and more puzzled. she sat very. Peter asked her the way to the gate. and there was no room for a fat little rabbit to squeeze underneath. Peter sat down to rest. Presently Peter sneezed—“Kertyschoo!” Mr. McGregor was after him in no time. McGregor came up with a basket. He tried to put his foot upon Peter. McGregor. He began to turn them over carefully. very still. who jumped out of a window.com Read Aloud Plays Page 11 of 12 . She only shook her head at him.readaloudplays. The window was too small for Mr. A white cat was staring at some goldfish. www. Then he tried to find his way straight across the garden. but now and then the tip of her tail twitched as if it were alive. and he was tired of running after Peter. little Benjamin Bunny. He rushed into the tool-shed and jumped into a can. he was out of breath and trembling with fright. He found a door in a wall. © 2010 Mack Lewis. and he had not the least idea which way to go.
McGregor hung up the little jacket and the shoes for a scarecrow to frighten the blackbirds. The first thing he saw was Mr. He was so tired that he flopped down upon the nice soft sand on the floor of the rabbit-hole and shut his eyes. he came out.com Read Aloud Plays Page 12 of 12 .” But Flopsy. His mother put him to bed and made some chamomile tea. this package of materials. He slipped underneath the gate. and was safe at last in the wood outside the garden. Mopsy. www. Peter scuttered underneath the bushes. and she gave a dose of it to Peter! “One table-spoonful to be taken at bed-time. but suddenly. © 2010 Mack Lewis. along a straight walk behind some black-currant bushes. and climbed upon a wheelbarrow and peeped over. McGregor hoeing onions. as nothing happened. His back was turned towards Peter. But presently.com for more info. and Cotton-tail had bread and milk and blackberries for supper. All Rights Reserved. she wondered what he had done with his clothes. for more teacher-created. scratch. (including the play script and the accompanying worksheet activities) is protected by copyright. scritch.readaloudplays. he heard the noise of a hoe—scr-rritch.com Thank you for respecting our copyright. Please visit ReadAloudPlays. and beyond him was the gate! Peter got down very quietly off the wheelbarrow. His mother was busy cooking. scratch. quite close to him. but Peter did not care.ReadAloudPlays. Although the original text and illustrations by Beatrix Potter are in the public domain. Peter never stopped running or looked behind him till he got home to the big firtree. McGregor caught sight of him at the corner. Mr.He went back towards the tool-shed. and started running as fast as he could go. Mr. Thanks. kid-tested classroom material visit www. 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.