A mixed bag. On one hand, Peter and his friends embody preschoolers' sense of adventure, curiosity, and precocious fun, and their escapades yield opportunities to learn about courage, resilience, and the world around them. On the other, they repeatedly break rules that put them in danger and lie to Peter's mother about their whereabouts. Multiple references are made to the absence of Peter's father, who was killed and eaten by Mr. McGregor prior to the story's start.
Peter and his friends face dangers from Mr. McGregor and Mr. Tod, both of whom talk in flowery terms about serving up the rabbits for dinner. Many times they're chased out of the man's garden by him or his cat, or they're tricked into treacherous situations by the fox, and in some cases they're caught, bound, and tossed into a stew pot before escaping.
This series is inspired by classic story books by Beatrix Potter.