Everyone knows Beatrix Potter as the creator of the Peter Rabbit stories. With her younger brother Bertram, she kept a menagerie of animals in the nursery - at various times they kept rabbits, mice, lizards, a bat, a frog and a snake. However, this was detested by Beatrix who did not wish to copy other painters but experiment with her own style, later sticking with watercolours. She would also draw a menagerie of animals secretly hidden in the nursery with her younger brother Walter Bertram including mice, rabbits, bats, snails, egg collections and insects. Potter gained her fame after she created various kinds of imaginative books for children. But before that, she was a girl of science. Everyone knows Beatrix Potter as the creator of the Peter Rabbit stories. 99 £9.99 £9.99. As a child, Beatrix collected nature specimens; as a young adult, she was an amateur mycologist presenting her research on mushrooms and other fungi to England’s foremost experts. However, she was also a natural scientist who drew illustrations of fungi that are still in use today. Add to Cart Add to Wish List. A beloved author is cast in a new light in this inspiring picture book story. Subsequent trips to the Lake District also influenced a lot of Beatrix’s painting at a young age. At the time this topic was highly debated within British mycologist circles. Her stories about Peter Rabbit and the other fictional animal characters she created served as an outlet to her frustration in failing … Written by Lindsay H. Metcalf Illustrated by Junyi Wu. Miss Potter a biopic of Beatrix Potter’s life was released in 2006, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. Facts about Beatrix Potter tell you about the English natural scientist, illustrator, author and conservationist. She read stories such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales, and Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. Helen Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) secured a place among the immortals of English literature with her books for children, starting with The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902). Helen Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. On a holiday to Scotland in 1892, Beatrix formed an alliance with a noted naturalist Charles McIntosh and exchanged her accurate drawings of rare specimens for his knowledge of microscopic drawing of fungi, knowledge of taxonomy and live specimens during winter. In 2016, a new 50p coin featuring Peter Rabbit was minted to honour ‘the author of some of the best-loved stories for children that have ever been written’. Facts about Beatrix Potter tell you about the English natural scientist, illustrator, author and conservationist. Metcalf will release “No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History,” on September 22 and “Farmers Unite! Let's celebrate 150 years of Beatrix Potter: author, scientist and fungus-lover Her stories have enriched the lives of countless children. Beatrix Potter was born in "The Boltons", a street in Kensington. Beatrix Potter: Pioneering Scientist or Passionate Amateur Posted by: britmycolsoc When you think of Beatrix Potter, you might think of one of her beloved creations: the gullible Jemima Puddleduck, impertinent Squirrel Nutkin or, of course, the foolhardy Peter Rabbit, risking it all in Mr McGregor’s garden for a few broad beans and radishes. Potter also said that the illustrations from Alice in Wonderland inspired her at a young age. For Beatrix Potter was a leading mycologist (someone who studies fungus) and conservationist and it was these interests that lead her to write her best-selling books. Like many women of her time, she remained … But before that, she was a girl of science. She was born on 28 July 1866 and passed away on 22 December 1943. Luckily, Beatrix Potter’s legacy to the National Trust included a large collection of her letters, photographs and diary entries, which revealed the types of plants she grew and where she put them. As a sociologist and reformer, Potter went by another name, Beatrice Webb. Many of our member libraries are currently adjusting their services to the public. During her life, Beatrix also became fascinated with the countryside, not in keeping with her parents’ views for their child, and became a wealthy land owner in the North of England, running both her own farms and those she shared with the National Trust. Let's celebrate 150 years of Beatrix Potter: author, scientist and fungus-lover Her stories have enriched the lives of countless children. The coin, lovely as it was, diminished and … “Between the lines of Linda Lear’s sympathetic biography, Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, can be glimpsed a feisty … As a child, Beatrix collected nature specimens; as a young adult, she was an amateur mycologist presenting her research on mushrooms and other fungi to England's foremost experts. Helen Beatrix Potter was born on 28 July 1866 in West Brompton, which is in London, England. FREE Shipping on orders over $25 shipped by Amazon. Beatrix Potter, Scientist by Lindsay H. Metcalf is a lyrical look at a little-known aspect of Potter’s life, her scientific endeavors. It often featured animals. But before that, she was a girl of science. Whhat happened after? In 2005 it was announced that Rene Zellweger and Ewan McGregor would be playing the parts of Beatrix and Warne in a film version of Beatrix Potter's life. Beatrix cared for a lot of pets at home and these provided a great source of inspiration for many of her drawings. Add to Cart Add to Wish List. There is far more to Beatrix Potter than Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and Squirrel Nutkin. In her will she left all of her property to the National Trust. 2) Her wealth to purchase the Lakeland farms came directly from her successful little Peter Rabbit books – her own monies not inherited from her family. “Plotting and Pantsing Their Way to a Debut,”, “#kidlitSTEM Let’s investigate fungi with Beatrix Potter,”, Women’s History Month: Filling in the Gaps, How to Use Literary Devices to Make Your Nonfiction Picture Books Come Alive, “Concordia author publishing three children’s books this fall,”, Concordia author releases ‘Beatrix Potter, Scientist’, “Concordia Author Lindsay H. Metcalf Releases Debut Children’s Books,”. She loved works that included illustrations and … Beatrix Potter may be a familiar name in children’s literature, but it is lesser-known that she was also a notable woman of science. The science behind the stories: drug treatment to slow progress of Huntington’s disease. The publishers did not have much hope it would sell many copies; they actually gave the project to their youngest brother, Norman, as a kind of test for his first project. Get it as soon as Fri, Jan 8. 4) The last illustration in this article is of Peter Rabbit (foreground) and Benjamin Bunny in the back, from The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. This book has been translated into 36 languages, and with 45 million copies sold it is one of the best-selling books of all time. Beatrix Potter (1913) Biography. For Beatrix Potter was a leading mycologist (someone who studies fungus) and conservationist and it was these interests that lead her to write her best-selling books. She even wrote a scientific paper which despite its quality was dismissed as it was written by a female amateur. Download the free standards-aligned (K-3) discussion and activity guide. Beatrix Potter died on 22nd December 1943 from pneumonia. By 1895, Beatrix had collected and drawn the spores and spore-producing structures (basidia) of the mushroom Boletus granulatus, now called Suillus granulatus. This included sixteen farms, many cottages and over 4000 acres of land. Check your home library website or social media sites for details about current services and offerings. She was a respected scientist that specialized in the field of mycology. But before that, she was a girl of science. So what drew the young Beatrix to nature and its study? Beatrix Potter: artist, scientist, environmentalist “Beatrix Potter was a dutiful Victorian daughter who grew into a plain-spoken and determined artist and entrepreneur. Most people remember Beatrix Potter as the author of beloved children’s books like The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but she had a lesser-known, but important career as a mushroom hunter and amateur mycologist!. Tuesday Debut - Presenting Lindsay H. Metcalf! On the LOOKOUT for Kids’ Books FALL 2020! Children will enjoy this solidly researched book that explores Potter’s in-depth studies of the natural world, specifically fungi. Through lyrical prose, Lindsay Metcalf tells the story of Beatrix's fascination with nature from childhood through adulthood and all that she accomplished in her studies. Her interests began at first with their colour and structure and she later became interested in her 30’s in the role of spores in reproduction of different fungi. Six female scientists who changed history: Beatrix Potter, Hedy Lamarr and the woman who saved America from thalidomide. Beatrix Potter was fascinated by the natural world from an early age. “This book blew my mind and in some ways broke my heart,” Benton writes.“Tuesday Debut - Presenting Lindsay H. Metcalf!” Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog“SCBWI KS/MO Featured Author,” September 2020“Interview with Debut Author Lindsay Metcalf,” Critter Lit with Lindsay Ward“Author Spotlight: Lindsay H. 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Beatrix Potter, Scientist sheds light on a little known fact about the popular author. ” That quote comes from a book review by Regina Marler, who continues, “She was good, but she was not always nice. The other fungi paintings that Potter kept were the ones she donated to the Armitt Museum in Ambleside. She grew up with few friends outside her large extended family. Beatrix Potter continues to enlighten people today as a recently discovered parasitic fungus (Tremella simplex) in Aberdeen was found to have been drawn by Beatrix Potter in the late 1890’s. One person found this … 3) The illustrations in all the little books are anatomically and botanically correct, reflecting again her scientist’s eye and observation of how animals behave in the natural world (even if they are wearing clothes!). Beatrix Potter was a children's writer, scientist, eco-farmer and conservationist. Junyi Wu is an illustrator currently working in children's publishing and animation. 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