Beatrix Potter

by blackspanielgallery

Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit and numerous other children;s books, is having the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of her birth,

Beatrix Potter was born 150 years ago on July 28, 1866. This prolific author wrote many children’s books, and created numerous characters in the process. Now we celebrate the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of her birth, a fact that would have gone unnoticed b me except for an email alert from the Royal Mint. Yes, the Royal Mint is how I find out much about English author anniversaries. We can learn much from coins, as they are used to commemorate many historical events we might otherwise not become aware of.

Other recent commemorations include the for hundred fiftieth anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, and more recently the anniversary of the birth of Herman Melville.

The Books of Beatrix Potter

The list of books is long, and many have multiple versions, such as a special pocket edition.  I have found a list on the web. 


Beatrix Potter books include:

The Tale of Peter Rabbit;

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny;

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck;

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle;

The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies;

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin;

The Tale of Tom Kitten;

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher;

The Tailor of Gloucester;

The Tale of Mr. Tod;

The Tale of Samuel Whiskers;

The Tale of Two Bad Mice;

The Story of Miss Moppet;

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots; and,

The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse


These are just some of the more popular stories.  The list goes on. 

Peter Rabbit and More

These are Alibris Books,

The Tale of Peter RabbitThe Tale Of Benjamin BunnyThe Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck








Beatrix Potter the Complete Tales - Potter, Beatrix

The Characters

Notice how the books use different characters that are child friendly.  She was prolific at creating unintimidating characters.


In addition to being an author, she was an accomplished illustrator.  So, her stories were illustrated exactly as the author intended with the friendly look of each character, which might explain why they have endured over so many years.  Many children’s books are a mixture of how the author and the illustrator view the story.  It is much better if there is but one vision.

Who Was Beatrix Potter

From Alibris Books

Who Was Beatrix Potter? - Fabiny, Sarah

The Royal Mint Celebration

The Royal Mint has created five commemorative coins to celebrate this occasion.  One, the silver proof coin, has already sold out.  The coins feature Peter Rabbit.  Since other coins are planned for circulation, others might become available in high grade condition.  We can only wait and see what happens.


In addition, the Royal Mint has an album that will hold the fifty pence coins in circulation.  One fun activity for children would be to collect the coins and fill an album.  This would be an engaging activity that could be quite rewarding, especially f the coins one day become valuable.  With coins one never knows what the future value will be.



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Updated: 09/29/2017, blackspanielgallery
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Veronica on 07/25/2016

It is a beautiful, sad, gentle film and was magnificently and sensitively portrayed by Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. A tearjerker in fact.

blackspanielgallery on 07/25/2016

I have not seen the movie. I would have missed the anniversary except for the Royal Mint. I subscribe to several mints, and the notice of the special coins made me aware.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/25/2016

blackspanielgallery, Thank you for the diverse, lovely ways to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth.
Have you seen the film "Miss Potter" with Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger? There are some inaccuracies, but it honors her artistic and storytelling talents and her environmentalism in the Lake District.

Mira on 06/20/2016

Frank, I never thought of ghost illustrators!

blackspanielgallery on 06/19/2016


Veronica on 06/19/2016

I haven't seen any special 50ps circulating. I shall post on here if I do so.

Frank, .... my co-author for "Witch Hazel and the Witchy Magnet " was my business partner. I wrote and she illustrated.

The wizzley page is

frankbeswick on 06/19/2016

I have not seen any of them, but I suspect that they are being snapped up by collectors.

blackspanielgallery on 06/19/2016

To my friends in England, have the special 50 p coins been circulating? I am interested in knowing how many there are. And what characters embellish them.

blackspanielgallery on 06/19/2016

Yes. I did not wish to imply illustrators are not used, only that she did her own and it made it easier for the illustrator to envision what the author meant. Few people can illustrate their own work. I remember the books my children had years ago had an author and a different illustrator. It is the norm, but what she did was better, although usually not possible. Perhaps Mira is more up on this than the rest of us. It may be shifting. I do know the illustrator was the one who would expect the most money. I tried to have several children's books published, but was unable to interest a publisher in the first of them. There was a need for an illustrator.

frankbeswick on 06/19/2016

Just as there are ghost writers, could there not be ghost illustrators? Also, Veronica co-authored a children's book with an illustrator, so this is a possibility.

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