“Beatrix Potter’s books remain popular due to their relatability and moral messages”

Posted by ap507 at Jul 28, 2016 03:00 PM |
University of Leicester Special Collections Archive marks 150th anniversary of Peter Rabbit and friends

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 July 2016

Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr Jeremy Fisher and Benjamin Bunny - just a few of Beatrix Potter's loveable characters that have enriched the lives of countless children and adults alike.

Today (28 July) marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of English writer Beatrix Potter in 1866, best known for her children's books - the most famous being The Tale of Peter Rabbit. 

To commemorate the occasion, Sarah Wood from the University of Leicester’s Special Collections has commented on the enduring popularity of the classic books and why they still resonate with people today.

Sarah said: "I think one of the main reasons why Beatrix Potter’s books remain popular over a century later is her use of familiar wildlife and household pets to present stories which are amusing, witty and memorable. For example, The Story of Miss Moppet is a great read for any who own and have experienced the curious nature of cats! 

"Her stories also manage to convey moral messages very simply, which are relatable throughout the generations."

Sarah has also written a staff blog inviting people to rediscover their favourite Beatrix Potter books such as: The Story of Miss Moppet, The Tailor of Gloucester, and of course The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Early editions of these classic texts can be viewed in the David Wilson Library in the Special Collections reading room on the University of Leicester campus.

The staff blog is available to read here: http://staffblogs.le.ac.uk/specialcollections/2016/07/28/beatrix-potter-150th-anniversary/


Notes to editors:

For more information about the Beatrix Potter early editions in the University’s Special Collections reading room contact Sarah Wood on slw53@leicester.ac.uk


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