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Beatrix Potter & Peter Rabbit
July 28

By Sarah Lane
Jun 29, 2004, 18:09 PST

Beatrix Pottes Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit



It's hard to believe that 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' has been around for over 100 years!  British author Beatrix Potter created her first major storybook character for the sick little boy of her former governess.  Eight years after the tale of four rabbits named Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter was told, it was published for the public in 1902. 


Beatrix Potter was born in London on July 28th, 1866.  She was a lonely girl who loved to study nature and the artistic aspects of the world around her.  She kept records and sketches of her findings in journals.  Peter Rabbit was the first story of what eventually grew to be 23 tales, published between 1902 and 1930. 


Peter Rabbit has now been through over 250 printings in over 35 languages.  During its first year of publication it sold over 50,000 copies.  Although Potter passed away in 1943, her love of nature and animals continues to inspire children all over the world.  Ask anyone you know and you can bet they remember reading about the wild escapades of young Peter Rabbit.

Source:     Smithsonian Institute, Washington Post Company


Additional Learning Links on Beatrix Potter


Beatrix Potter

Learn a bit about the life of Beatrix Potter and many other famous people.  Check the bottom of the page for more related links.


Reading Level:   Moderate


Additional Learning Links on Peter Rabbit


Peter Rabbit Homepage

"Welcome to the World of Peter Rabbit and His Friends."  Here you can read about Beatrix Potter's life and art, visit Tom Kitten's Playground, view Squirrel Nutkin's Film Show, Benjamin Bunny's CD-Roms, Jemima Puddle-Duck's greeting cards, meet the characters or check out Jeremy Fisher's news, events, and press releases.

Source:             Peter Rabbit, UK

Reading Level:   Moderate


Peter Rabbit Interactive

This is a cool site where you can not only read "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," but see an audio slide show as well.  Explore the many other online children's books.

Source:             University of Ohio

Reading Level:   Easy


Classroom Activities


Mrs. Olson's Homepage

An elementary school teacher with a love for learning has organized a page of classroom related activities in relation to Peter Rabbit.  Check out her five-day plan.

Source:             Mrs. Olson

Reading Level:   For Teachers

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