Beatrix Potter, More Than Just Bunnies: The Legacy of Beatrix Potter

by Deborah Straw

Beatrix Potter may be best known as the creator of charming characters like Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle and Hunca Munca, but, as is true in most lives, she was in reality many other things, as well. A product of Victorian times, she far surpassed societal expectations of women of her era and class. She was an accomplished botanical illustrator, a sheep breeder and farmer, a wife, and a conservationist greatly devoted to her home, the Lake District of England.

Born in 1866 in London, to a wealthy Victorian family, (Helen) Beatrix was one of two children (she had a bro...

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