“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter.”  And so goes one of my favorite stories of all time from Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Every year around Easter, the characters from the Peter Rabbit collection reappear and then slowly fade into the background again.

One of our contributors, Madelon and I just realized that we each have one of the Peter Rabbit Barbies – one was made in 1997-98 and the other was for the 100th anniversary of Peter Rabbit in 2002. I have the earlier doll and she has the most recent one.

Barbie® and The Tale of Peter Rabbit™

This one is mine – it is from 1997-98 and is Barbie and the Tale of Peter Rabbit. Aunt Kay gave it to me the first time we visited because she remembered that I have a collection of Beatrix Potter things and that I had made a complete Peter Rabbit nursery set for my kids when they were born.

Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter collection

And this is part of my Beatrix Potter collection.  From left to right – a collectible Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny tin of books I picked up at an antique store, my Peter Rabbit by Wedgewood Tea Set, Peter Rabbit two handled cup and bowl also by Wedgewood, my Benjamin Bunny music box, and two Easter treat containers with Peter Rabbit on them that I found at Target of all places. I do have more in my collection, but this is all I have displayed at the moment.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit™! Barbie® Doll 2002

This is Madelon’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit™  Barbie® Doll which is also known as the 2002 100th Anniversary of Peter Rabbit Barbie.

Peter Rabbit Tea Party

Madelon found a cute Peter Rabbit tea set at Tuesday Morning for $15 that her daughter Emily’s dolls Marie-Grace and Elizabeth are enjoying on a sunny day.

If you have a love of Beatrix Potter and her illustrations, you can find quite a few Peter Rabbit and Friends coloring pages on the Beatrix Potter World site.