For The Love of Beatrix Potter Beatrix Potter is regarded as one of the world's best loved children's writers of all time. From her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, printed in 1902, she continued to create a sequence of tales regarding characters just like Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddleduck, Mr Jeremy Fisher and Tom Kitten. Beatrix was also known for her brilliant artwork and illustrations, which she sent as postcards to friends and then later used to develop her legendary range of books. Her books centred on nature and the lovable characters which were animal based. Beatrix Potter was born on 28 July 1866 in London where she lived a sheltered life with her well to do Victorian family. She didn’t go to school but was taught at home by a governess; it was inevitable then that her childhood was quite lonely. So as to compensate for her loneliness Beatrix surrounded herself with lots of pets, mostly rabbits who she called Peter and Benjamin, frogs, ferrets, dogs and also a pet bat. Beatrix enjoyed studying them all and would often sit and sketch them continuously until her sketches of them improved greatly. Pets and wildlife were her loyal companions all through her childhood and she had fun exploring the countryside and learning about plants and animals through her own observations. When she was sixteen, Beatrix and her family travelled on holiday to Lake Windermere in the Lake District and instantly became captivated and fascinated with the stunning scenery she saw there. Whilst visiting Near Sawrey in 1896 she discovered for the first time the farmhouse that was ultimately to become a place she would frequently visit and for long periods of time. It was in this precise farmhouse, Hill Top, where Beatrix would write and illustrate a good number of her books from around 1906 onwards, opening with the Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher. Beatrix set 6 of her children’s picture books and stories here and the house eventually became her personal museum. Numerous parts of the garden and house were used when creating her book illustrations. Peter Rabbit and many other of her characters still remain steady favourites with kids to this day. Being interested in studying natural history, Beatrix Potter took an active interest in safeguarding the countryside of the Lake District, so much so that she became a benefactor and donated many precious books and quite a lot of her watercolour sketches. She started these drawings long before she became an author of books for children of all ages. Many of the world's great books are enormously long and Victorian authors especially appeared to relish taking their time over developing their plots. But Beatrix Potter however, concentrated on books so concise and so small in overall size that they barely appeared like books at all. But they were books and they even now have a huge following among young readers, who become fixed friends with characters such as Mrs Tiggy Winkle, the hedgehog and Peter Rabbit. No matter what some may think, Beatrix Potter was no sentimental, shrinking violet. It is a well known fact that she was a self sufficient, self-taught and talented artist and naturalist and a passionately innovative storyteller. All of the animal characters invoke some kind of an affection and the stories are amongst the favourite ones that parents read to their kids and many people are acquainted with the characters even if they’ve never in fact read the books. Although kids particularly love Beatrix Potter, you are never too old to read these charming and remarkable stories. Lovers of Beatrix Potter everywhere may find out all about her in biographies books of famous people.
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