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|Country Artist: A Story About Beatrix Potter|
by David R. Collins, Karen Ritz (Illustrator)
The Country Artist
A Story About Beatrix Potter
“The shorter and plainer the better.” – Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter should have been a very unhappy child. By the time she was ten, she had spent most of her life in the nursery bedroom of her house. Not only was she lonely, but there were also bars on her windows, she had no playmates, and her parents rarely even saw her!
Her brother Bertram went to school, but not her. In that time in history, rich girls didn’t go to school; personal governesses taught them. On July 28, 1866, when she was born, at that moment in time, everyone new that she was a gentle soul.
When Beatrix was young, she had to follow many rules. She had to keep herself ladylike and clean, her dark hair carefully brushed and parted, her dresses crisply sharp and neat, and her voice polite and quiet.
Beatrix wasn’t like most children, her friends were the servants and butlers. Nurse Mckenzie was a wonderful storyteller. She would tell of witches and goblins, Scottish tales of enchanted forests and glens. Beatrix would always listen closely, hearing every detail.
Then there was her love of animals. The butler Cox would catch two mice in the kitchen for her. She named them Hunca Munca and Appley Dapply. Then their were the furry and fuzzy creatures; the rabbits. Benjamin Bunny was comfortable living in luxury, he was used to lettuce and greens served to him on a china plate. Mrs. Potter would have fainted if she knew of the creatures living with her daughter.
Beatrix and her brother Bertram loved watching the frogs hop up and down the stonewalls of London. Especially Beatrix, who loved drawing nature almost as much as animals. In the summer, she would sketch pictures of bunny’s with scarfs and parasols like her mothers’.
Beatrix Potter had a better late life, but this book is mostly about her early life. I
liked learning about her, because she was one of my favorite artists when I was little.
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|The Kid Who Became President|
by Dan Gutman
Some other books by Dan Gutman: The Kid Who Ran for President, Honus and Me, The Million Dollar Shot, and the Tales from Sandlot series