2016 marks 150 years since the birth of one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors Beatrix Potter, in July Beatrix Potter would have been 150! Here are 10 Lessons Beatrix Potter taught us:
Beatrix died in 1943, leaving behind a rich legacy of stories and illustrations as well as fifteen farms and over four thousand acres of land to the National Trust. To say thank you The National Trust have a special 150th anniversary scarf in memory of Beatrix Potter. An artist, storyteller, botanist, environmentalist, farmer and impeccable businesswoman, Potter was a visionary and a trailblazer.
Today, more than two million Beatrix Potter books are sold across the world every year – four books every minute. Peter Rabbit is set to be the first children’s character to appear on a UK coin.
Be original- ‘Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality’
Believe (quietly)- “All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife. Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest”
Visualise through adversity: “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”
Never lose your childlike spirit: “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”
Seize opportunities: “With opportunity the world is very interesting.”
Keep trying: “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”
Write for adventure: “There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”
Care for animals: Beatrix Potter was very committed to the conservation of Herdwick sheep and bred them winning awards at local agricultural shows.
In your own way you can change the world: “I hold that a strongly marked personality can influence descendants for generations.”
Protect the environment: Beatrix Potter defended the protection of the Lake District from developers and left fifteen farms and over four thousand acres of land to the National Trust. I’m so happy she played a part in protecting the Lake District we know and love today.