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Beatrix Potter Biography
Beatrix Potter (full name Helen Beatrix Potter) was a British writer and illustrator best known for her world-famous stories in The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Born on 28th July 1866 in Kensington, London, Beatrix Potter was always encouraged to draw and she spent many hours making intricate sketches of animals and plants, revealing an early fascination for the natural world that would continue throughout her life. Although she never went to school, Beatrix was an intelligent and hard working student, and her parents employed an art teacher, Miss Cameron, and a number of governesses, throughout her life. 

Beatrix used her two pet rabbits as her early models. Her first rabbit was Benjamin Bouncer, who enjoyed buttered toast and joined the Potter family when they went on holiday every year to Scotland for three months. She used to take him for walks on a lead. Benjamin was followed by Peter Piper, who had a talent for performing tricks, and he accompanied Beatrix everywhere. These clearly became the inspiration for her infamous Peter Rabbit stories which she wrote and had published in her thirties.

Beatrix Potter Facts
During her life, Beatrix always loved nature and the outdoors and she fell in love with the Lake District. When she died in 1943, she left most of her property and land to The National Trust, the largest donation of its kind at that time. She is credited with preserving much of the land that is now known as the Lake District National Park.

Our favourite Beatrix Potter Book Characters
Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Lily Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin - from The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Our favourite Beatrix Potter Book Quotes
“I am sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea; and she gave a dose of it to Peter! 'One table-spoonful to be taken at bed-time.' But Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail had bread and milk and blackberries for supper.” (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)

“It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is 'soporific'.” (The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies)
7th March 2002

The Tale Of Peter Rabbit: The original and authorized edition

The perfect first book for every little reader, discover the world of Peter Rabbit in Beatrix Potter's classic children'... MoreThe Tale Of Peter Rabbit: The original and authorized edition

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2nd March 2017

Peter Rabbit: Easter Surprise

Happy Easter from Peter Rabbit! With a gorgeous new cover, this little story book is a must for every child's Easter.Fol... MorePeter Rabbit: Easter Surprise

(15 reviews) Review
7th March 2002

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck: The original and authorized edition

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck is an original classic by Beatrix Potter.Poor Jemima. All she wants to do is lay her eggs... MoreThe Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck: The original and authorized edition

(12 reviews) Review
3rd March 2011

Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit

There aren't many stories about naughty rabbits. That's because rabbits usually know how to behave themselves. But not t... MoreTale of a Naughty Little Rabbit

(10 reviews) Review
7th March 2002

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin: The original and authorized edition

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin is an original classic by Beatrix Potter.Beatrix Potter's famous tale of a naughty squirrel ... MoreThe Tale of Squirrel Nutkin: The original and authorized edition

(10 reviews) Review
7th March 2002

The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes: The original and authorized edition

After a terrible misunderstanding, poor Timmy Tiptoes ends up deep inside the trunk of a dead tree, with no means of get... MoreThe Tale of Timmy Tiptoes: The original and authorized edition

(8 reviews) Review
7th March 2002

The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse: The original and authorized edition

Mrs Tittlemouse is a terribly tidy little wood mouse. She is always sweeping her burrow, polishing and tidying. It is an... MoreThe Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse: The original and authorized edition

(8 reviews) Review
7th March 2002

The Tailor of Gloucester: The original and authorized edition

The Tailor of Gloucester was first published in 1903 and tells the story of a poor tailor trying to survive in his freez... MoreThe Tailor of Gloucester: The original and authorized edition

(8 reviews) Review
7th March 2002

The Tale of Tom Kitten: The original and authorized edition

The Tale of Tom Kitten is set in the cottage garden Beatrix created herself at Hill Top, the farm she owned near the vil... MoreThe Tale of Tom Kitten: The original and authorized edition

(6 reviews) Review
7th March 2002

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle: The original and authorized edition

The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-winkle is an original classic by Beatrix Potter.The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-winkle was first published i... MoreThe Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle: The original and authorized edition

(6 reviews) Review
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