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|