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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