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Monday, July 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter!


Wanna know how I found it is Beatrix Potter's birthday? I went to do a Google.com search early this morning and found Peter Rabbit being chased by Mr. McGregor through the Google logo. Mousing over it, the alternate text showed, "Beatrix Potter's Birthday." I'm so pleased to see that Google celebrates children's classic books and their authors!

Beatrix Potter was born on this day in 1866. She lived well into the 20th century, and passed away on December 22, 1943. Her publisher, Frederick Warne, has a Potter website for you to browse through. Also included is a special kids' page where children can find coloring pages, crafts ideas, play games, and learn about Beatrix Potter's animal characters.

Make sure you visit the library--we have lots and lots of Potter-related items, from the lovely film, Miss Potter starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor [DVD MIS] to the tiny books The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Story of Miss Moppet, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher and more [JP GREEN DOT POT]. Many of the tales are included in treasuries including The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter: The 23 Original Peter Rabbit Books [J POT]. There are adult biographies of Potter [B POT], and ones for children, too, such as The Ultimate Peter Rabbit: A Visual Guide to the World of Beatrix Potter [J B POT]. Delight in the illustrations of Potter by looking through Beatrix Potter's Art: Paintings and Drawings [791.942 POT].

Mystery writer, Susan Wittig Albert has borrowed Beatrix Potter and her world, and written a series of books called "The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter." You'll find The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood, and several other titles, in our adult fiction section.

Happy Birthday Beatrix!

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