Saturday, April 2, 2011

B is for Beatrix Potter

Lived: 28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943

Excellent BooksThe Tale of Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and 20 others

From Her Life:  As a child Beatrix collected animals like snakes, mice, lizards, and birds with her brother Bertram.  These little critters inspired many of her stories.  Some of her first stories were actually written in letters that she illustrated.  She loved to paint and illustrated her own books.  She was also a great advocate for conservation.

Advice for Aspiring Writers:  Beatrix received so many rejections that she finally self-published The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1901.  In 1902 it was published by Frederick Warne & Co.  It has been in print ever since!  The moral of the story is to believe in yourself and keep writing.  You may not be able to self-publish, but you can find a home for your work.



Laura Marcella said...

I love Beatrix Potter! That's an uplifting story about how she published Peter Rabbit. I really like your theme for this A to Z Challenge, Carla!

Marie Anne said...

Wow, what an inspiration! Thanks for sharing this.

Popping in by way of the A-Z Challenge. I’m blogging at:

TheyCallMeVarmit said...

Beatrix Potter rox! This is a neat post; I did not know she actually self published (and one of her most popular stories, to boot!) Nice "B" post!

Murees Dupé said...

Great post. My mom read us Beatrix Potter's books growing up and I thought she was one awesome lady.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Good to have found you and you might like my article about the Lake District and Beatrix on my blog - need to scroll down. Kind regards, Carole.

Gregg said...

Very interesting! I never knew that about the Peter Rabbit book. Goes to show you can't quit.

Gregg Metcalf
Colossians 1:28-29

Gospel-driven Disciples

Monica said...

What a great post...I've always enjoyed Beatrix Potter's work but I really new very little about her. Thank-you for sharing and I'm looking forward to your future "letters". I’m now following you on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog!

Carla said...

Thanks, Laura! I'm excited about the theme too!

Marie, She is inspiring!

TheyCallMeVarmit, I agree...she does rox!

Murees, That's neat...I only just read one of her actual stories a few months ago!

Carole, I enjoyed both your articles about Beatrix and the Lake District! I'm so glad you stopped by! Do you live near the Lake District? My English Geography needs a lot of help, but I would love to see her home in real life!

Gregg, It really is amazing!

Monica, I've had so much fun learning about some of these authors...I'm really enjoying the A-Z Challenge!


septembermom said...

That's terrific. Thank you for reminding us to keep trying and not to give up. Very inspiring. Happy to meet you through the A to Z challenge.

Carla said...

Septembermom, It's nice to "meet" you too!


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