The Tale of Beatrix Potter.

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Helen Beatrix Potter
July 1866 – December 1943
Life Experiences
 Beatrix Potter’s family spent Holidays in the south of England, in
Scotland, as well as in the English Lake District. These various
settings are where Beatrix developed her love for landscape. She
painted scenes of these places at a very early age.
 Her family also had a lot of pets. As a child, she collected and
sketched small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Beatrix
studied her pets for hours as she drew them.
 Over the course of her lifetime, Beatrix became an English
author, illustrator, mycologist (branch of biology concerned with
the study of fungi), and conservationist.
 Beatrix’s first love was science. During her time period, however,
it was very uncommon and difficult for women to contribute in
the field of science. This setback led Beatrix to become a
children’s book author and illustrator.
Literary Achievements
 Beatrix is best known for her children’s books which feature animal
characters with human-like qualities and unforgettable personalities.
 Her love for science and nature reflect in her work.
 In 1893, Beatrix wrote and illustrated a story about rabbits. This story
was intended for the son of her former home-school professor who
became ill. She developed the story in 1901 and titled it The Tale of Peter
Rabbit and Mr. McGregor’s Garden. However, all six publishers that she
sent her tale to rejected it because of the lack of colored illustrations.
In September 1901, Beatrix self-published and circulated
250 copies with the shortened title The Tale of Peter
Rabbit. Frederick Warner & Co. published this tale in
1902 where 28,000 copies were printed by the end of the
year.
 Beatrix created a unique style of art that incorporated
watercolors. She illustrated accurate and detailed
drawings of woodland animals. No humans are ever
shown in her books.
 She requested that her books were made in miniature
sizes in order to fit in a child’s small hands.
 Beatrix wrote 23 small format
children’s books. These became
known as the 23 tales.
 Beatrix wished to challenge the
reading skills of her readers. Thus,
she used sophisticated vocabulary
and real-life situations in her stories.
The 23 Tales
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903)
The Tailor of Gloucester (1903)
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904)
The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904)
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905)
The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan (1905)
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1906)
The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit (1906)
The Story of Miss Moppet (1906)
The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907)
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908)
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or, The Roly-Poly Pudding (1908)
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909)
The Tale of Ginger and Pickles (1909)
The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (1910)
The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes (1911)
The Tale of Mr. Tod (1912)
The Tale of Pigling Bland (1913)
Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes (1917)
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)
Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes (1922)
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1930)
Some Other Books
 Peter Rabbit’s Painting Book (1911)
 Tom Kitten’s Painting Book (1917)
 Jemima Puddle-Duck’s Painting Book (1925)
 Peter Rabbit’s Almanac for 1929 (1928)
 The Fairy Caravan (1929)
 Sister Anne (1932)
 Wag-by-Wall (1944)
 The Sly Old Cat (1971)
Entertainment
 The Tales of Beatrix Potter was released on film in 1971. This
movie features a number of stories written by Beatrix which
are interpreted through the choreography of The Royal
Ballet.
 The Tale of Pigling Bland was presented as
a musical theatrical production
performed in 2006 by Suzy Conn.
 In 1982, the British Broadcasting
Corporation produced The Tale of Beatrix
Potter.
 In 2007, a documentary was created
known as Miss Potter. This movie starred
Renee Zellwegger as Ms. Potter.
The Legacy of Beatrix Potter
 Beatrix Potter’s books are known as the best selling children’s
books. They are still in print to this day and are even retold in
multiple languages!
 In Beatrix Potter’s will, she gave almost all of her land to Great
Britain’s National Trust. This included her cottages, farms, and
4,000 acres of land. Her love and respect for nature shined when
she left her property in order to make sure that the beauty of the
Lake District and fell farming were not destroyed.
 This property that was given by Beatrix Potter is now a part of
the Lake District National Park.
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