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10 Beautiful Beatrix Potter Quotes to Remind You How Great She Is

The internet is rife with completely warranted criticisms of the appalling new James Corden-led Peter Rabbit movie. It is, frankly, an insult to Beatrix Potter’s beloved character and to Beatrix herself. So I started reading up on quotes from Potter to remind myself of the true magic of the lovely worlds she created.

 

Peter, his mother Josephine, and sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-Tail reside in the same universe as Potter’s other wonderful animal creations such as Jemima Puddleduck (a duck), Mrs. Tiggy Winkle (a hedgehog), and Squirrel Nutkin (a squirrel), among others. They are a magical, charming, amusing bunch and Potter was truly a visionary. Here are ten of her best quotes.

 

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1. There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.

2. I hold that a strongly marked personality can influence descendants for generations.

3. Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest. 

4. Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. 

5. I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense.

6. Thank God I have the seeing eye, that is to say, as I lie in bed I can walk step by step on the fells and rough land seeing every stone and flower and patch of bog and cotton pass where my old legs will never take me again.

7. If I have done anything, even a little, to help small children enjoy honest, simple pleasures, I have done a bit of good.

8. There’s something delicious about writing those first few words of a story. You can never quite tell where they will take you. Mine took me here, where I belong.

9.  I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.

10. Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest. 
 

 

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Bedtime Stories

Hit up 6,000 Children’s Books Online Free Thanks to This Library

Here at Bookstr, we’re all about making you wiser, and sometimes richer. Here’s why free virtual libraries are our newest obsession, and now, they’re going to be your kid’s newest obsession too.

 

The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature at the University of Florida contains more than 130,000 books and periodicals published in the United States and Great Britain from the mid-1600s to the present day. The library also has manuscript collections, original artwork, and assorted ephemera such as board games, puzzles, and toys. They have put 6,000 children’s books online, for free.

 

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Children’s literature didn’t make much headway until the 1700s, before which time it was pretty scarce. During the Middle Ages, few children’s books were published at all. The earliest children’s books came about in the early 18th century, before which they were mostly instructive moral tales, usually of a pious nature and written in Latin. The first book written purely for children’s pleasure reading was John Newbery’s A Little Pretty Pocket-Bookwhich was published in 1744.

 

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The Victorian era followed, which became the most innovative and diverse period for children’s literature thus far. This era gave us children’s classics such as Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking GlassThe Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter and of course Edward Lear’s  A Book of NonsenseAs paper and printing became more economical, the children’s book industry took off and has been booming since the 1800s.

 

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The popularity of children’s literature owes a lot to the advent of illustration. Illustration became an indispensable feature of children’s books, so much so that an entirely new genre was created: the picture book, a form that continues to dominate twentieth century juvenile publishing today.

 

 

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If reading bed time stories is a ritual in your home, then you may benefit from the thousands of options this online library offers to keep the little ones occupied on the go, or just before bed.

 

 

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Hold on to Your Childhoods! ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ Is Coming to TV

Judith Kerr has written many wonderful books in her time, from the novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, to the Mog the Forgetful Cat series (Mog is very important to me and this Christmas my best friend gave me a Mog toy and I nearly wept but that’s another story). However, her beautiful picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea is beloved by children the world over and is finally getting its own TV adaptation. 

 

Since its publication in 1968, The Tiger Who Came to Tea has sold over five million copies. 

 

Lupus Films’ founders Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding will team up with Ann-Janine Murtagh, Katie Fulford, and Mia Jupp at HarperCollins Children’s Books to produce the adaptation.

 

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Camilla Deakin said:

 

We are thrilled that HarperCollins has chosen to work with Lupus Films on this very special project.  It is an honour to be adapting such an iconic children’s book in its landmark anniversary year and we will do our very best to capture the charm and magic of the original book to create a timeless film for children and family audiences.

 

Ann-Janine Murtagh added:

 

We are incredibly proud to publish Judith Kerr and how wonderful to be bringing her iconic picture book to life for television whilst we celebrate the golden anniversary year of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

 

I am MOST excited for this. However, I’m hoping the tiger who features in the show will be marginally less horrifying than the one accosting Judith Kerr in this photograph. 

 

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5 Lesser-Known Grimm’s Fairy Tales You Should Read Right Now

It’s been 205 years since brother Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm published their collection of fairytales containing famous tales such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Red Riding Hood. However, lest we forget, the volume contained over 200 stories, and those that have been thus far sidelined deserve some recognition too. So, without further ado, here are five strange, spooky, stories you should be reading right now. 

 

1. “The King’s Son Who Feared Nothing

 

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This tale follows a fearless prince who goes in search of adventure, confident that nothing can frighten him. He comes across a giant and boasts that he can match anything the giant can do. The giant dares him to pluck an apple from the Tree of Life, as he has a bride who wants one, but he is unable to find the tree himself. The king’s son scoffs, and declares that he cannot think what would stop him finding the tree. He journeys far and eventually comes to the beautiful Garden of Life. He successfully steals the apple, but what follows is a series of disastrous scenarios which would scare just about anyone…

 

2. “The Seven Ravens

 

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“The Seven Ravens” follows seven brothers whose father, in a fit of rage, transforms them into ravens. Their sister who is much younger does not know of their existence until she is grown and overhears their fate. Subsequently, their sister must journey to the the Glass Mountain where they live in secret, to break the curse. 

 

3. “The Girl Without Hands

 

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The devil offered a miller infinite wealth on the condition that the miller give him whatever was behind his mill. The miller agreed, thinking it was only an old apple tree, but it turned out his daughter had been standing there. The devil waits a few years to claim the daughter, thinking by then she’ll have committed sins and be ripe for the picking. However, she is free of sin, and so the devil tasks the father with causing the girl to become sinful in various terrible ways. First by forbidding her from washing, then, when she washes her hands with her tears, by cutting off her hands. When the maiden ends up married to a king, the devil does his best to intervene.

 

4. “The Juniper Tree

 

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This is one of the goriest tales in the book, concerning a jealous stepmother who brutally murders her abused stepson and then feeds him to his hapless father in the form of a stew. But the stepson gets his revenge.

 

5. “The Stolen Pennies

 

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This is a cautionary tale, warning against the evils of greed. The ghost of a child haunts the cupboard in which he hid money that his mother had given him to give to the poor. The family living in the house cannot see the child but he is visible to a visitor, who informs the parents what he has seen… 

 

 

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