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The Tales of Beatrix Potter

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 11:58 PM

A tribute to Beatrix potter by Jaklyn-Ripper

Cold winter evenings or blustery Autumn days had the soundtrack of my Mother's voice reading Beatrix Potter books out loud when I was younger. In fact, the wonderful children's books were the epitome of my childhood. The illustrations were just perfect and the stories, whilst simple, were mysterious and adventurous in their own way. Beatrix Potter was born in 1866, South Kensington, London. She was said to live a lonely life, being educated at home by a governess and so perhaps that's why she delved into a fantasy world of rabbits, geese and other traditional animals.

Mother Rabbit and Bunnies by KelliRoos

Beatrix's illustrations come from her copious studies of her own pets, and the animals that roamed the gardens of the places in which she holidayed as a child. The fascinating fact was that Beatrix's illustrations became greetings cards before her books were created. I see her drawings on cards in shops now and I always thought that it had developed the other way around. Her first book, Peter Rabbit, was published in 1902 and in just one years time she had sold 50,000 copies. For that era, and for a young woman, that was an incredible number and she astonished literary followers around the world.

The Tale of my First Book II by ShatteredPhotography
Gabble sisters by Solinni

Beatrix's characters were based in the land that she eventually bought for herself and lived on. Tom Kitten, Samual Whiskers and Roly Poly lived on the farm that she owned - Hill Top. Possibly one of the most interesting elements of Beatrix's life was that she didn't sit and write for the duration of it. In fact she became a farmer for thirty years and became an expert in breeding sheep.

Beatrix Potter's House by itsepainen

Beatrix left a lasting legacy behind her when she died, not just because of the children she had entertained through her books and drawings. She left 4000 acres of land and 14 farms to the National Trust when she died in 1943, preserving the countryside that inspired her writings

Beatrix Potter by Phatpuppyart-Studios

Peter Rabbit became much more than just a one off book. 23 Peter Rabbit books were published and you'll likely recognize some of the titles such as The Tale of Tom Kitten, The Tale of Jeremy Fisher, The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle... The books had a quality to them that was different to the normal brightly coloured, loud children books. They were vintage, I suppose, and children across the world read them even today.

Peter Rabbit by Porcubird

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Windklang Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There is also a lovely movie about Beatrix Potter :) Really enchanting in fact!
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes! I have yet to see it, but really want to :)
Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes - you should - it's really well done :D
dreamshards8 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Writer
My mother also read Beatrix to me. Loved loved loved those stories. Thank you for writing this article because I completely forgot about these books and now I know what to buy my three year old next.
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Thanks for reading!
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved the cartoon series based on her work that was on TV back when I was a kid. As soon as I read this article I re-watched the intro on Youtube.

I want Peter Rabbit as my pet.
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww that's so cute :D
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012   Writer
I didn't have many books as a kid. I relied heavily on my school and public libraries and my aunt's house. There are a few books that stick out in my head from my youth. The Serendipity books, Seuss and the Beatrix Potter books.

The Potter books have simple stories but they're memorable. I can still remember sitting on my aunt's lap with my cousin while she read us those books and then later my cousin and I trading them back and forth as we showed each other our favorite parts.

All that really means is awesome article. Nostalgia is wonderful.
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes Seuss! Genius!

Sleyf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My sister has the entire collection of books from when she was little, they're bound in green with a little plaque on the front with an illustration on the front and they came in a little carry case, they're amazing, and the illustrations just add so much character to the stories. Thanks so much for this
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