Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter

I have mentioned it many times before but Beatrix Potter is one of my favorite children's author/illustrators. So you won't be surprised to learn that while I was book shopping this week, I stopped into a  bookstore to browse through the vintage section for Beatrix Potter's children's books. 

Potter was influenced by fairy tales and in her thirties, she self-published the highly successful children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Following this, she began writing and illustrating children's books full-time. 

Potter's best-known book is her twenty-three children's tales. She wrote 30  books in all, two of which are pictured above. You can find a copy of a lovely collection of her sketches, illustrations, and paintings here.

I love that her tales used watercolors depicting bipedal anthropomorphism. The animals kept their animal instincts but often lived in furnishes homes in settings such as farms and English gardens. 

You can view some of her work here at the Beatrix Potter society. The Beatrix Potter Society is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom and exists to promote the study and appreciation of the life and works of Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943).

Potter died of pneumonia on December 22nd, 1943. At that time she was 77 and left almost all her property to the National Trust. Many of her stories are still being told in storytimes,  film, song, animation, and ballet.

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