February 13, 2017

A Celebration of Beatrix Potter


I have fond memories of reading Beatrix Potter, not only as a child, but also as a mother to my children. I just love her art and stories, which I find beautiful and timeless.

One of our favorite books to read together was 'The Tales of Tom Kitten.' It has a special place in our love of books and we even named our kitty after him! He looked so much like little Tom Kitten we just had to. : )



Here is our Tom when we first got him:





This book was so delightful! Filled with letters and art from artists who were influenced by Beatrix Potter.

All the artists painted a picture, as well as wrote a tribute to her work. One particular artist, Peter H. Reynolds, illustrated and wrote a letter that stood out to me.

His illustration was a tribute to Peter Rabbit:

"My mum , was born in London (as was Beatrix Potter!), gave me a copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit when I was a young boy. I loved the watercolor illustrations and the small size of the book, and, of course, I was certain that I had some connection to this bunny named Peter. Perhaps we were related somehow. I could certainly relate to his curiosity-fueled mischievousness.  

I remember being truly panicked when Mr. McGregor was after him and felt badly for this naked, terrified, naughty bunny. When he got home - finally - he was put to bed with some medicinal tea. I always felt sad that poor Peter didn't get the best medicine: his mama's hug. I have a chance now to share that scene."

Here it is. So adorable...




The book also has snippets of Beatrix Potter's books as well as their pictures. So I thought I'd leave you with a few of her lovely water-colored paintings...














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8 comments:

  1. This is adorable. My kids, now teens and adults, I am sure would not appreciate it. But my grandbabies sure would!

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    1. My youngest (20) has them in her room! I don't think she reads them much anymore but they are special to her. : ) They are definitely books I want to share with my grandbabies someday too!

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  2. I just love the graphics! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful book with us.
    Blessings!

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  3. I love Beatrix Potter's stories and illustrations. My rowdy boys caused a stir at the library years and years ago with their love for The Fierce Bad Rabbit -- Potter's not-very-politically-correct story about a hunter with a gun. Oh, well . . .

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    1. LOL... I haven't read that one! : )

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  4. So Sweet! I love the letter you shared! Thank you so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina

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    1. I really enjoyed all the artists stories, art and reflections on their favorite Beatrix Potter books!

      Thanks for stopping by Tina!

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