Finding out more about Peter Rabbit

Candice: The family have spent the weekend in the Lake District, enjoying some surprisingly good bank holiday weekend weather and utilizing our membership of the National Trust and the fact it’s 150 years since Beatrix Potter was born to find out more about this author.

We took the little person round Hill Top, Beatrix’s house and then the Gallery in Hawkeshead where they display just some of the many pictures she produced for her books.

For those of you who are unsure who she is, Beatrix Potter, was a children’s book author in the early twentieth century.  She wrote 23 books including ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ and ‘The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck’.  Her books have been read world wide and were probably the Peppa Pig of her day, famous and loved by small children.

Beatrix was a trail blazer in her time.  Due to a lack of interest from a number of publishers she decided to publish a short run of her first book on Peter Rabbit herself.  The success of this made the publisher re-think its plans and a literary success was born.

I remember reading her books many years ago but haven’t really touched on them since. Having seen the original drawings I will be revisiting them with my daughter over the next few years and I think we will both enjoy the stories and the pictures.

We also had a lovely time walking round some beautiful places in the Lakes and going on a boat trip so I’ll also be planning a trip up there again so E can appreciate that too.


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