Who was Beatrix potter?

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist.This English author who is known for her creations such as Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Jeremy Fisher, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and other animal characters wrote for the pure love of children and her works continue to enchant them.

The British authors characters like to get into mischief and adventure.

Think of rabbits and for children who grew up on literature, it is always the images of the White Rabbit, Velveteen Rabbit and Peter Rabbit that pop up. For generations, the stories of naughty animals and their antics have delighted children and made for good bedtime stories.

Today, we introduce you to the wondrous world of children’s book writer Beatrix Potter who is loved for her eclectic set of children’s books featuring anthropomorphic animals. The adventures of Peter Rabbit and his friends are known to most children.

If you are new to the writer and her world of animals, here is a glimpse…

Britain’s beloved author Helen Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866 in Bolton Gardens, Kensington in London. She is noted for the fascinating tales of animals in human clothing. They conjure up mischief and indulge in adventures. Every story ends with a moral message, with the protagonists facing the consequence of their actions.

It all started with The Tale of Peter Rabbit One of the best-selling children’s books of all time. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was in fact bom out of a letter. “A letter?” you may ask.

It began as a letter to Potters governess son. Knowing that her governess’s son Noel was sick, Potter wrote a letter that carried the story of Peter Rabbit and his mischief. The story illustrated by her was sent over to Noel, with the hope that it would perk up his mood. My dear Noel,” she wrote. “I don’t know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter” Little did Potter know that she would be delighting children for generations with her stories.

Instant hit

The first edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit was self-published by Potter in 1901. The book carried the story just like she had written to Noel and had 42 black-and-white illustrations. It was commercially published in 1902 by Frederick Warne & Co., with Potter’s coloured illustrations. The book turned out to be an instant hit among children.

Soon other creations namely The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin’ and The Tailor of Gloucester were published. These have entertained children for generations and continue to do so.

Potter who was also keen on the natural world turned to farming in her later years and was also into breeding Herdwick sheep. Always fascinated by the natural world around her, Potter was also into scientific illustration.

She also wrote a scientific paper on the germination of fungus spores titled “On the Germination of the Spores of Agaricineae’.

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