Miss Potter - Summary

Noel Moore wasn’t feeling well during the late summer of 1893. Home in London, the five-year-old boy received a special letter from Beatrix Potter, a close family friend. It began:

My dear Noel:

I don’t know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter.

More than a simple story, written to make a child with scarlet fever feel better, the letter was filled with pictures, drawn by Miss Potter. It was one of many picture-letters which Beatrix created for Noel and his siblings.

When her young friend was about twelve, Beatrix asked if she could borrow the letter she had written to him on September 4, 1893. It would be the basis of a little book to be called The Tale of Peter Rabbit. It was edited by her friend-turned-fiancé, Norman Warne.

Renée Zellweger is Beatrix, and Ewan McGregor is Norman, in the film based on Miss Potter’s life. Emily Watson plays the role of Millie Warne, Norman’s sister (and Beatrix’ friend). The two women comfort each other after tragedy strikes.

In this story behind the movie, take a trip to Victorian Britain to see what life was like. Beatrix, and her brother, spent a lot of time in the family’s “nursery” - like most children from wealthy families. Why was that? The budding author actually owned rabbits - Benjamin Bouncer and Peter Piper - after whom she patterned her tales. Take a look at their pictures.

Later in life, when Beatrix Potter was Mrs. William Heelis, she owned a great deal of property in Britain’s Lake District. Instrumental in protecting the land, she gave at least four thousand acres to the National Trust. Take a virtual field trip to see how that legacy became a gift for the whole country.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5186stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 01, 2006

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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