We haven't looked at a classic tale or a story about rabbits for a while, so why don't we kill two birds with one stone.
*There is some real edge-of-your-seat drama (which helps explain why it has stood the test of time); it's not often that life-and-death situations are presented in your babies' books
*Curiosity might kill the cat, but it almost kills the rabbit too (somehow monkeys are immune to its more perilous side)
*The watercolors might be small, but they are mighty
*If the bunny knows he can run faster on four legs, why would he run on two for so long
*There is one instance where Beatrix Potter inserts a first-person analysis that, to me, corrupts the flow and would probably be edited out if this book was published today instead of a century ago
*I guess there is an ending, but it is rather strange and includes something about chamomile tea that makes it even stranger
ONE DAD'S OPINION
You probably could have skipped this whole review and still have known that this is a solid addition to any kid's collection. I just assumed it would be a Buy because of the esteem it carries. However, I found enough little holes in the story to make it not automatic. I suppose if you have a wild child or someone that needs to learn to pay attention to parental advice, this might be more of a reason to own it. Otherwise, just visit the library and check it out for a few days.