Saturday, July 07, 2007

Author of the Month

Beatrix Potter
born on July 28, 1866

Writer and illustrator of books for children, born in London, UK. A repressed and lonely child, she grew up longing for the country and animals. She taught herself to draw and paint, and her famous characters started as sketches of pet animals dressed as human beings, along with letters to amuse the sick son of her former governess, which she privately published as The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1900) and The Tailor of Gloucester (1902). A publisher reprinted them, and she became the outstanding writer and artist of picture-story books of her time, widely translated and reprinted. Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Benjamin Bunny, and her other creations have become classics of children's literature. In 1913 she married William Heelis, stopped writing, and spent the rest of her life raising Herdwick sheep. The Journal of Beatrix Potter, written in code, was transcribed by Leslie Linder (1966).

Check out her books at the library! Most of these titles can be found under the call number E POT. Call 817-748-8243 to place a hold on a title or for further assistance.
Coming Soon! A movie based on the life of Beatrix Potter, played by Renee Zellweger, is titled Ms. Potter. Look for it in the library!

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