Saving the countryside: The story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit

Who of you knows the (whole) story of beloved British author Beatrix Potter?
Who hasn't been daydreaming about living in the country lately? Everything would be so much better
We are obsessed with biographies here and this is one of the most accurate and well illustrated I've ever seen.

I myself did not know much about the life of the author behind the timeless tales of Peter Rabbit. And yes, the pandemic made me reconsider my life in the city and hear my children's call for the countryside better.

Beatrix Potter was born on 28 July 1866 in London. She spent her childhood in a townhouse in South Kensington with very little contact with people, as she was homeschooled and often left with nannies.

During the long winters in the city, she used to spend much of her time studying the animals that she had saved from traps and that she then kept as pets, and making drawings. Among them, there was a rabbit:)
Her family used to spend the summer months in the countryside, in Scotland first and then in the Lake District: Beatrix was 16 when they first stayed in Wray Castle near Ambleside.
She fell in love with the freedom of country life and with the unspoilt beauty of Lakeland and she decided to buy her first farm in 1905, a few years after the publication of  ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’.
inspired by conservationist Hardwicke Rawnsley, who in 1895 was to become one of the founders of the National Trust.
When she died on 22 December 1943, Beatrix Potter left fourteen farms and 4000 acres of land that she had acquired throughout the years to the National Trust, together with her flocks of Herdwick sheep. Nature was her gift to the nation.


The book is beautifully written, with enough detail to content older readers and sensibly illustrated by  Ilaria Urbinati. Her delicate watercolour painting perfectly depicts the settings and stand out as a tribute to Beatrix Potter's timeless work.
But above all the illustration teleport us to some stunning places, among the nature that we all miss so badly in these times and that we will hopefully start to protect and love more when this will be over.
Saving the countryside: The story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit '20th January 2020]
Written by Linda Elovitz Marshall
Illustrated by Ilaria Urbinati
Published by Little Bee Books
Reading age: 5+
Themes: Biography, Nature, Women

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