The Tale of Peter Rabbit's Author
by Paul Hines
Beatrix Potter's magical childhood inspired a much-loved series of children's books.
Once upon a time, there was a wealthy aristocratic family. They lived in a lavish home in the English countryside. The grandparents owned the largest printing company in the whole of England, and the father was a fine, upstanding barrister. The mother was overtly artistic. She taught her two adorable children, a boy named Walter and a girl named Beatrix, from an early age to draw and paint. Beatrix especially loved to paint and developed her own style using watercolors. Everyone in the family loved nature, and the children had many pets, including a fluffy rabbit named Peter. Beatrix and Walter would spend hours watching the behavior of the pet rabbit and would often laugh at his almost human-like personality.The children didn't go to school because a governess taught them at home. The children both loved the governess very much, and they eagerly studied languages, literature, and science.
One day, the governess, whose name was Annie Moore, told Beatrix that her five- year-old son, Noel, was very sick. Beatrix, who by then had grown up, decided that she would write a story, complete with accompanying sketches, to cheer up Noel. She then created the character named Peter Rabbit, inspired by her family's love of nature, her own love of literature, and her observations of her much-loved childhood pet rabbit.
The story that Beatrix Potter created centers on Peter Rabbit, his mother, Mrs. Josephine Rabbit, and his three sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton tail. The family live in an exquisitely furnished rabbit hole, and Mrs. Rabbit has a shop that sells all manner of goods.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is now one of the world's best-loved children's stories, and of course, everyone lived happily ever after.