Beatrix Potter, animal lover and artist was born during the time of Queen Victoria. From early childhood Beatrix was fascinated with animals and plants- drawing wonderfully well from a very early age. Recently my husband and I watched the film starring Renee Zellweger, a tender account of Miss Potter’s life from the time of her first book’s publication.
There were extras on this DVD- my favorite were drawings Beatrix did as a child- whimsical caterpillars carefully rendered and described in a journal. I’ve always loved her illustrations, and now that I know a little more about her, I understand more fully the delicate beauty of her work.
I recently came across a blog by a lovely lady named Anna. She mentioned a video set of animated versions of Beatrix Potter’s books, which I’m unfamiliar with, but which her children have grown up enjoying. I’m happy to find a young mother who appreciates the appeal of these wonderful stories.
Last night I babysat for my 4 year old granddaughter. She picked out her favorite stories for me to read, one of them Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck.” It always makes me laugh, this humorous account of a very stupid duck, unable to see through the wily fox whom she thought was “mighty civil and handsome.”
Beatrix Potter’s career included the publication of 23 children’s books. This marvelous animal lover has brought a sense of wonder and appreciation of nature to generations of children.