S: Beatrix Potter: Victorian Author - Hildestad
BC: Bibliography ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ nnbd.com wikipedia.com peterrabbit.com rabbitworldview.com beatrixpotter.com kirjasto.sci.fi.com my mother also knew a lot and helped me some what with this project. ~~~Sam HILDESTAD 2011
FC: Beatrix Potter: Victorian Author By: Sam Hildestad
1: Basic Information | Date of Birth: July 28, 1866 (London, England) Date of Death: December 22, 1943 (Near Sawrey, England) Beatrix lived to be 77 years old. It is unknown why exactly she died. She was cremated and her ashes were tossed at her estate. Beatrix is mainly known for her character, Peter Rabbit, and her many other children's book characters. She is also known as a very respected mycologist in England.
2: Parents: Rupert Potter and Helen Leech Siblings: Bertram (Brother) Bertram was born when Potter was 6 years old. Both Beatrix and Bertram shared the love of sketching animals. Both Bertram and Beatrix were privately schooled. | As a child, Beatrix drew watercolor images of farmyard animals. She also kept skeletons of animals and would go into the forest, boil their bones, and drink the broth. In her secret diary that was kept in code (and not cracked until fifteen years after her death) it is said that she would study and sketch mushrooms and fungi in the forest. This is where she took up her interest of being a mycologist.
3: Mycology As stated on the previous page, Potter had quite an interest in mycology. As a child, she sketched pictures and sometimes wrote stories about her character, Fanny the Fungus,. In college, Potter majored in mycology and became widely respected by British and English scholars.
4: Artistic | All through Beatrix's life, she sketched animals. Later during when she was writing stories, she drew the illustrations. She also sketched all of her mycology findings.
5: RESPECTED | When Beatrix was studying mycology she became very respected in England. She also is a respected Victorian author for her illustrations and lovable characters.
6: Caring When there was a sick neighbor, Beatrix sent a letter that contained Peter Rabbit which helped him get better. She also donated much of her profits to charities, orphanages, and rabbit shelters.
7: Other Facts *Originally, no one wanted to publish Peter Rabbit, so Beatrix did herself. *40 million copies of Peter Rabbit have been published and in over 40 languages. *Beatrix's inspiration for Peter came from a bunny she had growing up named Peter. *From ages 14-30, Beatrix kept a diary written in code. It was not cracked until fifteen years after her death. *Potter signed her illustrations H.B.P., H standing for her mother's name. *After writing books, Potter went on to be one of the greatest sheep farmers of all time. | Quotes "Thank goodness I was never sent off to school; it would've rubbed off some of the originality. "It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is soporific." "Once upon a time, there were four little rabbits and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. They lived with their mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big tree."
8: I've Had The Time of My Life --------------------------- July 28th, 1886: Beatrix Potter is born 1892: Her brother, Bertram Potter is born. September 4th, 1893: Sent picture letter of Peter Rabbit to ill child. 1901: Beatrix, herself publishes Peter Rabbit. October 1902: Peter Rabbit is published by a company. September 1904: Her next hit, Benjamin Bunny is published. July 1905: Norman Warne proposes to Beatrix and she accepts. August 1905: Norman Warne receives a heart attack and dies. July 1908: Jemima Puddle-Duck is published. October 1913: William Heelis and Potter are married. 1936: Walt Disney wants to make a movie out of Peter Rabbit, but Beatrix refuses. December 22, 1943: Beatrix Potter dies. December 3rd, 2006: Miss Potter is released into theatres.
9: Beatrix Born in Kensington, London, England Child of Rupert and Helen Potter Lived in a forest mansion and a faraway sheep farm in England Overcame writing and illustrating superbly as a woman when other said she couldn't Worked as an author and sheep farmer Challenged by woman's rights Personal traits were honesty and kindness Always respected for her mycological works Never looked the other way at a hurt animal Best known for Peter Rabbit and mycology Potter
10: September 4th, 19 Dear Journal, Today was an interesting day. Noel Moore, the five-year-old son of one of my old governesses is gravely ill. For the last week, I have been working on a picture letter, which is a letter that contains a story and illustrations. I wrote a story called "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" which is about a curious young rabbit who ventures into Mr. McGregor's garden, eats a few vegetables, only to be caught by Mr. McGregor and shooed out of the garden. Poor Peter. My inspiration for Peter came from my calico rabbit named Peter, which I owned when I was six, around Noel's age. I sent it today along with my personal illustrations. I hope Noel can get better and enjoy my picture letter as I did when I was creating it. ~ Beatrix
11: June 2nd, 2011 Dear Beatrix Potter, I'd like you to know why I choose you for my Mixbook Hero Project. All my mother's life, she loved Beatrix Potter. She did many biography projects on you. When I was born, my mother designed the nursery to have a Beatrix Potter theme. Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and other characters littered the walls, blankets, and some clothes. I remember reading some of your more popular books as a kid. As I searched for dead heroes, your name came up and I decided I'd love to research you. You're a hero to all Victorian woman authors and artists. You also studied mushrooms and decided which ones were poisonous. These are very heroic things. You also made a sick kid feel better before he passed. You're a hero to me. ~ Sam
12: Peter Rabbit was originally sent to an ill child by Potter through a picture letter. In1901, she privately printed 250 copies, selling them for a shilling a piece. In 1902, they were publically printed and over 8,000 copies were printed that year. It is still printing today. 22 books were then written and illustrated by Potter after Peter Rabbit. With proceeds, she bought a sheep farm, but also donated portions.
13: In 2006, a movie was created and released based on Beatrix Potter's life. Renee Zellweger was cast as Beatrix.