Friday, July 23, 2010

Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter*

Peter RabbitBeatrix PotterOnce upon a time, there was a woman named Beatrix Potter. She was born as Helen Beatrix Potter on July 28, 1866 in the town of South Kensington, London, and some of her best friends were her pets, including two rabbits. She was from a wealthy family who chose to give her some education at home, rather than send her to school. Bored, she often drew pictures of her rabbits. This led to her eventual creation of her illustrated children's picture books, beginning with The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902.

Today, her books are considered classics for their beautiful illustrations, sweet stories, and talking animals. Bonus: the books in their original size are small enough for even the smallest hands.

Let's celebrate Beatrix Potter's birthday on July 28 (1866) by revisiting her classic works or by reading them for the first time.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

The Tale of Two Bad Mice

The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse

Learn about Beatrix Potter

Books marked with an * can be found in the Adult section.
Beatrix Potter by John Malam

Beatrix Potter by Alexandra Wallner

*Beatrix Potter, A Life in Nature by Linda Lear

*The Magic Years of Beatrix Potter by Margaret Lane

My Dear Noel: The Story of a Letter from Beatrix Potter by Jane Johnson

*The Tale of Beatrix Potter: A Biography by Margaret Lane
Please visit the Youth Services desk and ask a librarian if you want help finding any Beatrix Potter books or resources!

Posted by ws (formerly wk). *Blog post title is part of the first line of The Tale of Peter Rabbit: "Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were –Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter."