It is a good story for small animal lovers everywhere. Her name was Helen Beatrix Potter who wrote the Tale of Peter Rabbit. She was born in London in 1866 and loved nature and who would always bring home an assortment of pets. Rabbits, mice, birds, squirrels and even rats so by age 14, she was sketching and making up stories about them.
It was a series of letters that she would write to the children of her Governess that would ensure Beatrix Potter a place in bedtime story history.
In 1895 she wrote to a 7 year old child, “My rabbit Peter is so lazy he lies before the fireplace in a box with a little rug.” By 1901 she had turned her letters into a book. It told the mischievous doings of Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and yes, Peter Rabbit. More letters followed and more books developed into a 23 book series that introduced us to other famous characters as Squirrel Nutkin, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck and others.
Beatrix herself was surprised at the ongoing appeal of her books being sold every year. She knew that giving her animals human characteristics was funny and warming. What was wrong with having a group of rabbits having a snow ball fight? Or a mouse in bed with a cold or even a frog fishing? We saw a lot of these things in the early Disney movies or in the antics of Tom and Jerry in the old cartoons where chairs and brooms danced to old classical music on a daily basis.