Thursday, April 26, 2012

Beatrix Potter

Potter "had in fact created a new form of animal fable in: one in which anthropomorphic animals behave as real animals with true animal instincts", and a form of fable with anatomically correct illustrations drawn by a scientifically minded artist. 

Adventures along the countryside, the rigors of domestic life while earning one's keep, danger ever omnipresent, lessons learned...such is the life of an anthropomorphic animal in a Beatrix Potter tale. As a child, I often sketched bunny houses replete with tea cups, tables, chairs and fancy dinner spreads (a bit of carrot in everything) to satiate a need for stories about animals. If such tales could not be immediately found then one simply had to make them up. My scribbles never matched the glory that laid in my imagination. Thankfully, Beatrix Potter mastered that art and left us with a wealth of beloved animal characters. It's not difficult to escape into her world. Click on the links below each image to read a selection of Potter's magical tales in their entirety.

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

The Tale of Ginger and Pickles

The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher

The Story of Miss Moppet

The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan

The Tale of Tom Kitten

The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle

The Tale of Mr. Tod

The Tale of Peter Rabbit


  1. some of my daughters favourites as a little girl - she even collected the figures as well - I remember bidding on eBay for a couple of them... my Mum knitted her a Mrs Tiggywinkle that is still on her wardrobe in her bedroom now

  2. Your Mum is so talented!! What a sweet thing to do. A knitted Mrs. Tiggywinkle is no mean feat. :)

  3. Love these. There even was a beautifully animated series that came out a number of years ago based on these stories. Even the theme music was beautiful and it had this live action intro showing some who looked like the author getting way from a summer storm and making it in to her cabin to write some stories while a bunny looked on or something like that. I managed to save one or two of the eps. I still see used copies now and again in thrift stores est. I've only seen the old VHS ones though :D


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