Flopsy, Mopsy Cotton-Tail and Peter
Revised a little by Danica and finally finished.
Dedicated to Mrs. Lane
Danica's 1st grade teacher
(This was typed totally from memory without help with grammar or punctuation and only a few words did she ask for spelling.)
Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and the names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. One day they lived with their mother in a sand bank underneath a 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 her basket her umbrella and went from the wood to the baker's. She brought a loaf of brown bread and five currant buns. Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, who were good little bunnys, went down the lane to gather black berries. 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 around the edge of a cucumber frame whom should he meet, but Mr. McGregor! Mr. McGregor was on his hands and knees planting out and jumped up and ran off to Peter waving a rake and calling out "Stop thief!'' Peter ran into a goosberry net with the large buttons on his jacket, it was a blue jacket with brass buttons, quite new. Mr. McGregor came up with a pie. But Peter wiggled out just in time. Peter rushed into the tool-shed and jumped into a water can. It would be a wonderful thing to hide in, if it didn't have so much water in it. Mr. McGregor was quite sure that Peter was somewhere in the tool-shed, perhaps  under a flower pot. He began to turn them over carefully, looking under each. Peter sneezed Kerchew! Mr. McGregor was after him in no time. Peter jumped out the window upsetting three plants. Mr. McGregor tried to put his foot upon Peter. The window was too small for Mr. McGregor and he was tired of running off to Peter, so he went back to his work. Peter began to rest, he was out of breath. And trimbbling with fight. And also very damp with sitting in that can. He ran all around the garden, looking around. Then, Peter saw a mouse carrying peas. Peter asked the mouse the way to the gate. But the mouse had a large pea in her mouth that she cannot answer. So, she just shoke her head. Peter began to cry. But quite close to him, he heard the scrich, scrach, scrich, scrich. What Peter saw was Mr. McGregor hoeing onions. Then, Peter jumped on a wheel barrow and peeked over. And beyond him was the gate! Peter quietly jumped off the wheel barrow He squeezed under the gate and was safe at the big fir tree again.  THE END.
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