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Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter

July 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter

Today (July 28th) is Beatrix Potter’s birthday, and to celebrate we’ve been re-reading the classic tales, colouring in the Beatrix Potter Colouring Book, and collecting all the Beatrix Potter-themed coins. She is best known as the author of beloved children’s stories such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.

Long before ever writing her first book, Potter was a well-practised illustrator. Her first models were her childhood pets, including the real Peter Rabbit. She spent a lot of time creating intricate drawings of plants and animals, a fascination which developed into scientific study later in her life.

As well as writing and illustrating her books, Beatrix Potter was closely involved in the merchandising of her stories. She designed the first Peter Rabbit plush herself, as well as tea sets, slippers, and board games. She was passionate about creating high quality products that were faithful to her original artwork.

Although she never went to school, Potter was very intelligent and studied a lot at home. She was invited to study and illustrate fungi at Kew Gardens and by 1896 she had written a paper on her own theory of how fungi spores reproduce. Although this paper was initially rejected, she continued her research and a year later her paper was presented to the Linnean Society of London by fungi expert George Massee on her behalf, as women were not allowed to do so. It was never published, but scientists today still recognise her contribution to the field.

Beatrix Potter was a person of many talents, and her work has touched the hearts of generations of readers, and will continue to do so for many years to come.

  • The Tale Of Peter Rabbit cover
    The Tale Of Peter Rabbit

    Tells the story of a mischievous rabbit and the trouble he encounters in Mr McGregor's vegetable garden.

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  • The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck cover
    The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck

    Poor Jemima. All she wants to do is lay her eggs in peace, and be allowed to hatch them herself. At last she flies off and finds the perfect place. Little does the silly duck realise that the charming gentleman who has lent her his woodshed is busily planning a delicious meal of ...roast duck.

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  • The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin cover
    The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

    A tale of a naughty squirrel who loses his tail. It lets you join him, his brother Twinkleberry and all his cousins as they make their way over to Owl Island to gather nuts.

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  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny cover
    The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

    Peter Rabbit's cousin, Benjamin Bunny, has been a very popular character since this book's first publication in 1904. In this tale we hear all about the author and Peter's adventures in Mr McGregor's vegetable garden, and what happens to them when they meet a cat.

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  • The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle cover
    The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle

    Tells the tale of a hidden home high in the hills, that is discovered one day by a little girl called Lucie, who is in search of her missing pocket handkerchiefs. She knocks on the tiny door, and meets Mrs Tiggy-winkle who does all the washing and ironing for the neighbouring animals. This title tells the tale of a hidden home high in the hills.

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