Beatrix Potter is one of the most well loved children’s authors with so many great characters who have stood the test of time. This year, we’re celebrating 150 years of Beatrix Potter! Many characters like Peter Rabbit are just as popular and beloved as ever, and it’s so lovely to see how these characters live on throughout the generations.
To celebrate this anniversary, we’re taking part in the Beatrix150 blog tour and will be sharing some of our own Beatrix Potter memories with you, as well as offering one lucky winner the chance to win a gorgeous Peter Rabbit baby bundle of prizes.
Although characters like Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck are household names, few people are aware of the fascinating woman that Beatrix was or the achievements she made in her lifetime, during an era when ambitious women were not allowed to flourish. An artist, storyteller, botanist, environmentalist, farmer and businesswoman, Potter was a visionary and a trailblazer. 150 years after her birth, we are celebrating the incredible life she led and the achievements she accomplished, many of which were unrecognised during her lifetime.
25 Fascinating Facts about Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit
- Beatrix Potter privately printed the first edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit
- Peter Rabbit is the oldest licensed character in the world! Beatrix Potter registered him at the Patent Office in December 1903, after overseeing the creation of the first Peter Rabbit doll.
- Later in life Beatrix Potter became an award-winning sheep-farmer
- One Beatrix Potter book is sold somewhere in the world every 15 seconds!
- You can visit Beatrix Potter’s house, Hill Top, in the Lake District which is managed by the National Trust
- Peter Rabbit’s favourite food is radishes, not carrots like other bunnies
- Beatrix Potter kept a journal written in a secret code which was only cracked in 1958
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit has been translated into over 45 languages including a hieroglyphic edition
- Peter Rabbit was based on a real rabbit kept by Beatrix Potter. She wrote that he was very good at tricks and that his temper was unfailingly sweet
- When Beatrix first wrote The Tale of Peter Rabbit, she sent the manuscript to six publishers, and received six rejections
- In 1941, a whole print-run of The Tale of Peter Rabbit was lost in the bombing of London
- Beatrix was a keen letter-writer and would send picture letters to her young fans using miniature mail bags and a tiny tin post box
- In1921, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first printed in Braille
- In 2002 a new edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published with 6 extra illustrations which had been left out of previous editions
- In 1936, Beatrix Potter turned down an offer by Walt Disney to turn Peter Rabbit into a film.
- Peter Rabbit visited Buckingham Palace for a Party at the Palace, celebrating the Queen’s 80th birthday
- Thebooksareapublishingphenomenonwithlifetimeglobalsalesofover250millioncopies,45 million of which are The Tale of Peter Rabbit
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit has never been out of print since it was first published
- Since Penguin Books acquired Frederick Warne in 1984 more than 150 million Beatrix PotterTM books have sold worldwide
- Over 2 million Beatrix PotterTM books are sold every year
- Peter Rabbit has appeared in books and products in more than 110 countries throughout the world
- Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor starred in a film about the life of Beatrix Potter, Miss Potter in 2007
- Beatrix Potter originally wrote the story of Peter Rabbit in a letter to her ex-governess’s son, Noel, to cheer him up when he was ill
- Some of Beatrix Potter’s most enthusiastic fans were American and so she included American chipmunks and a bear in The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes
- A Peter Rabbit tartan was commissioned to celebrate his visit to Scotland in the 24th tale, The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Emma Thompson
Peter Rabbit is well loved in our house. I have lots of fond memories of reading The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit many times while snuggling up on the sofa, as my eldest went through a phase were he wanted that book every day. I remember enjoying Peter Rabbit stories myself as a child so it’s always lovely when you can pass those familiar characters and tales down to your own children.
We’re also really looking forward to visiting the new Peter Rabbit adventure playground that will be opening locally in Willow’s Farm (near St Albans). With the new Peter Rabbit series that’s on CBeebies, this has introduced so many more little ones to the character of Peter Rabbit and I can see him going strong for many more years to come!
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter, we were sent some lovely Peter Rabbit goodies; this cute little soft toy Peter Rabbit from GUND and this yummy chocolate Peter Rabbit from Charbonnel et Walker which I’m sure the kids will enjoy eating over the Easter break!
And we also have a fantastic Peter Rabbit baby bundle to give away to one lucky follower. For your chance to win, enter via the Gleam widget below.
Peter Rabbit Giveaway
Enter for your chance to win this Peter Rabbit Baby Bundle consisting of the following items, worth approx £48.00:
From the Mothercare Peter Rabbit Baby Range – one Peter Rabbit Bodysuit valued at £8, one Hat and Mitt set valued at £8, one Grey Shawl at £22 as well as a set of Peter Rabbit Baby Milestone Cards from Puffin Books at £9.99.
This bundle would make a lovely gift for anyone with a new baby, and these beautiful classic items are perfect for either a boy or a girl.
Peter Rabbit Baby Bundle
Follow the blog tour tomorrow by popping over to What the Red Head Said to read her Beatrix Potter memories and enter another giveaway.