Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Did You Know? The Tale of Peter Rabbit

After yesterday's interview with Peter Rabbit, I'm interested to see what little known facts we could find about the story and it's author, Beatrix Potter. This has always been one of my favorite stories, and one of the first that I can remember hearing.

Did You Know...
  • The story was written for Noel Moore, the five year old son of Potter's former governess in 1893?
  • Potter published it on her own in 1901? It was picked up by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902.
  • The book was one of the first to be merchandised? In 1903, Potter released a Peter Rabbit doll, as well as a board game.
  • The book has been translated into 36 languages and sold 45 million copies?
  • Potter owned a pet rabbit named Peter Piper which she used as the model for Peter?
  • In 1938 Disney was interested in producing an animated version of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but Potter and Disney could not agree on marketing rights?  
  • Potter wrote and illustrated 23 books?
  • She was interested in science and wrote and illustrated a paper on fungi and their germination?
  • Potter loved country life, and became a leading breeder of Herdwick sheep?
  • When she died, she left most of her property, over 4,000 acres, to the National Trust? This ensured that the land would be preserved.
Here's a clip from a video adaptation of the story. We had this on video for the kids. I really like the live action beginning, which shows Beatrix Potter coming in from the rain to write a letter to little Noel. It really sparks the imagination. I also love the animation, which is done in the style of Potter's illustrations.


  1. Just back online after being offline for a while... Lots to catch up on and I look forward to reading the posts of yours that I've missed!
    Just wanted to let you know that I've finally got round to passing on the Tag game you contacted me with ages and ages ago.... Sorry it's taken so long. If you're interested in reading my version it's here at
    Much love

    1. Nice to have you back, Freya. We missed you! Hope everything's okay. I'll be sure to check out your site!