Via a wonderful new blog, What’s New at the Internet Archive – eye candy for me, I discovered the cheerful work of Beatrix Potter. The English children’s book author and illustrator grew up in a rich family, but her parents discouraged any intellectual development. Just at the age of 36, in 1902, she published her first book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. That book, as all of her works, have captivating children’s stories starred only by animals, with lovely illustrations.
Her life is the subject of a new film called Miss Potter. Th film starred by Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, according to the trailer, transforms her life in a romantic history, combines stories from her own life with animated sequences from her short stories. Maybe I’m wrong, but it doesn’t look like a catchy film to me, not the kind that I like to watch.
Back to the most interesting part of her life, the books and illustrations. that Archive post points to her the Archive’s Texts collection with many of her illustrated stories which may be browsed, downloaded, or shared. They are from their contributor Project Gutenberg, which has other of her works available. Since the “Flip Book” option provides a better appreciation of them, I kept the books’ links at Archive and just pointed to Project Gutenberg when a work wasn’t available at the first one. Here is the list of her works on-line:
– A Collection of Beatrix Potter Stories by Beatrix Potter
– The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter and audio version
– The Story of Miss Moppet
– The tailor of Gloucester – article
– The tale of Benjamin Bunny, article and audio version
– The Tale of Ginger and Pickles – article
– The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck – article
– The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse – article.
– The tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher – article
– The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter
– The Tale of Mr. Tod – article
– The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse – article
– The Tale of Peter Rabbit, another version illustrated by Virginia Albert, article, audio version at Project Gutenberg and audio version at Archive
– The Tale of Samuel Whiskers – article
– The tale of Squirrel Nutkin – article
– The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies – article
– The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan – article
– The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes
– The tale of Tom Kitten – article
– The Tales of Beatrix Potter
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