Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, the story of an innocent duck who wants to hatch her own eggs and is deceived by a sly fox, only to be rescued at the last minute by Kep, the farm’s dog. The book, published in 1908 by Frederick Warne, was always one of her most popular.
L. Leslie Brook was one of the best British children’s book illustrators of his time. The classic about Goldilocks and the three bears was one of his most accomplished works. It was first published in 1905 by Frederick Warne and Co. in London.
The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit was published in 1906 as a panorama book, a long strip of pictures and text folded in a nice cardboard wallet, intended for very small children. Unfortunately the booksellers didn’t like the panoramic format, so a few years later The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit, like The Story of Miss Moppet, was published in book format, with the series of Peter Rabbit books. It still is a nice book for small children.
Mr. Jeremy appears for the first time in a letter to Eric Moore, brother of Noel, to whom Beatrix Potter wrote the Peter Rabbit story. In 1905, after her fiancé’s death, she decided to work on a frog story, inspired by Randolph Caldecott illustrations in A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go. Her drawings for this book are considered among her most beautiful.
The Tale of The Pie and The Patty-Pan was written in 1903 and published in 1905. The model for the farmhouse in the story was Hill Top Farm, in Sawrey, Lake District, the first Beatrix Potter bought with her own revenue. The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907) uses the same setting. With The Tailor of Gloucester, this was a favourite of the author.
The traditional tale has been retold many times, but Leslie Brooke’s illustrations are probably the most beautiful ever made for the story. Now available in eBook format.
Beatrix Potter wrote The Sly Old Cat to be published as a concertina book. But these books became damaged very easily so the booksellers didn’t like them. Later, when her publisher wanted to publish it with her other books her eyesight was no longer sharp enough for this kind of work. However, the spontaneity of these drawings makes them especially modern and interesting.
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Beatrix Potter had a nice washerwoman, Kitty MacDonald, who was the inspiration for Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. Since Kitty was not a hedgehog, Beatrix Potter used Mrs. Tiggy, her own pet hedgehog, as a model. Together they make the lovely Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. The book was first published in 1905.
The other character of this story is a little girl called Lucy, who is always losing her pocket-handkerchiefs.
Norman Warne, Beatrix Potter’s editor and later fiancé, made a beautiful doll’s house as a Christmas gift for his favourite niece, Winifred. This house inspired the drawings in this book and can still be seen in Hill Top, the farm Beatrix Potter bought in 1905. The story was inspired by two mice caught in a mouse-trap in her cousin’s home. The Tale of Two Bad Mice was published for the first time in 1904.
Benjamin Bunny, the cousin of Peter Rabbit, was inspired in a real rabbit, the first that belonged to Beatrix Potter. “He is an abject coward”, she wrote, “but believes in bluster, could stare our old dog out of countenance, chase a cat that has turned tail.” He was also a very handsome rabbit.
This book contains many views of Fawe Park, in the Lake District, that Beatrix Potter sketched while on holiday. It was first published in 1904.
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The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, with enhanced illustrations, is the second release of a new Beatrix Potter Tales collection being published by LSP
Just released in the Amazon’s Kindle Store, a new edition from Beatrix Potter classic with digitally enhanced illustrations, and the same naughty rabbit and his mischiefs.
This is the first release of a new Beatrix Potter Tales collection to be published by LSP.