Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374306557, 64pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2003
Captures the artist's life and work
Beatrix Potter's childhood was characterized by a distinctly Victorian mixture of privilege and neglect. Her parents were distant and distracted, so she was left largely to her own devices. She found companionship in nature, in the small animals she met in the family's garden and in the countryside on summer visits. And she found happiness in drawing and writing stories about her animal friends, later the inspiration for The Tale of Peter Rabbit and her twenty-two other books.
Beatrix Potter's own words, taken from her letters and journals, are incorporated in Jeanette Winter’s book -- just slightly larger than Beatrix Potter’s little books -- and this portrait pays a glowing tribute to the grande dame of children’s literature.
"Potter, who looks mournfully out from the cover, led a lonely life, but Winter shows how her interest in animals, science, and drawing filled her time and shaped her into the author-illustrator she became....the book successfully conveys Potter's life and personality." --Booklist
"Just as [Potter's] works have helped to connect generations of children to the natural one, so will this diminutive keepsake bring her private one into focus." --Kirkus Reviews