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A celebration of Beatrix Potter : art and letters by more than 30 of today's favorite children's book illustrators.
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9780241249437
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New York : Frederick Warne & Co./Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016.
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110 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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"2016 marks the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter, making it the perfect time to pay tribute to the beloved author/illustrator with A Celebration of Beatrix Potter! With illustrious tales of characters like Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, and Jemima Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter established herself as one of the most cherished and influential author/illustrators of children's literature. To mark her milestone birthday, this gorgeous collection features beautiful illustrations of Potter's characters, as interpreted by well-known illustrators. Each illustration is accompanied by text from the artist explaining what that character means to them, making this a true celebration of Beatrix Potter"-- Provided by publisher.
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2016 marks the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter, making it the perfect time to pay tribute to the beloved author/illustrator with A Celebration of Beatrix Potter !

With illustrious tales of characters like Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, and Jemima Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter established herself as one of the most cherished and influential author/illustrators of children's literature. To mark her milestone birthday, this gorgeous collection features beautiful illustrations of Potter's characters, as interpreted by well-known illustrators. Each illustration is accompanied by text from the artist explaining what that character means to them, making this a true celebration of Beatrix Potter.

Praise for A Celebration of Beatrix Potter:

"How delightful to see Peter Rabbit, Mr. McGregor, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and company portrayed in various and unique styles. Excerpts from and introductory descriptions of nine of Potter's books round out this superb collection... This 150th anniversary celebration of the life and work of Beatrix Potter will encourage aspiring young artists to carry on her legacy."-Linda L. Walkins, School Library Journal , Starred Review


Author Notes

(Helen) Beatrix Potter, 1866 - 1943 (Helen) Beatrix Potter was born in 1866 in London where she was privately educated. During most of her adult life, she lived in a farm cottage in Sawrey, Westmoreland County.

She was unsuccessful in trying to publish her serious botanical work, watercolor studies of fungi, but she wrote and privately published "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" for an invalid child in 1900. This story became a children's classic throughout the world. Other animal characters created by her include, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

Her tales are illustrated by her own hand in delicate and detailed watercolor pictures depicting her characters. Potter's other works include "The Tailor of Gloucester" published in 1902 and "The Tale of Tom Kitten" published in 1907.

At her death in 1943, she bequeathed her property in Sawrey to the National Trust, which also maintains her home as a museum.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

To commemorate Beatrix Potter's 150th year, The Tale of Peter Rabbit's first publisher invited 32 illustrators to reflect on Potter's influence. Each artist shares nostalgic remarks and creates an illustration inspired by a Potter classic, alongside excerpts from nine Potter books. Understandably, remorseless gardener Mr. McGregor looms large in several images. Brendan Wenzel calls him "a near perfect bogeyman" and, in a spooky watercolor, depicts him staring through milky glasses; Kelly Murphy pictures him in the same inscrutable spectacles, brandishing a sharp-toothed rake. Peter Reynolds and Laura Vaccaro Seeger focus on Peter Rabbit's mother ("She had suffered a terrible loss... and still she remained productive, optimistic, and loving," writes Seeger, painting Peter's plump mother with two babies). Tomie dePaola imagines Potter having tea with a human-size Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Dan Santat pictures bullfrog Jeremy Fisher feverishly awaiting a bite on his fishing line, and David Wiesner alludes to his own frog fantasy, Tuesday, with Jeremy seated aboard a levitating lily pad. Bonus points go to Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who combines essay and illustration in a nine-panel comic, reflecting on how Potter drew from specimens: "I look up photos online. How lazy. I need to remember to be more like Beatrix Potter and draw from the wildlife that surrounds me." (Krosoczka humorously shows himself drawing a pug-a far cry from a hedgehog or taxidermic squirrel, but a life-form nonetheless.) Ambitious readers might take a cue from the collection and envision Potter's heroes in new settings, while longtime admirers will find their fond recollections mirrored in the artists' words and images. Ages 3-7. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Thirty-two illustrators from Britain and the U.S. reveal their personal connections to Beatrix Potter's stories, illustrating their reminiscences by portraying Potter's characters in their own distinctive styles. Jon Agee's Mr. McGregor, peering into the watering can in the potting shed as he searches for Peter, looks just like Milo in Milo's Hat Trick (rev. 5/01). David Wiesner writes about Potter's choice of footwear for the frog character Mr. Jeremy Fisher, then shows Jeremy floating on a lily pad, la Tuesday. Given the patchwork nature of this compilation, the book's design does a remarkable job tying it all together. In addition to the spread for each illustrator, there are nine excerpts from Potter's books, each with introductory text setting the work in the context of Potter's life at the time. With all these pieces, it's too bad there are no biographical endnotes about the author-illustrators (although most will already be familiar to American readers). What would Potter think of this book and all the other sideshows being published for her 150th birthday? In fact, she was happy to make money wherever she could, but this volume is far classier and more worthwhile for fans than such licensed efforts as Quentin Blake's Kitty in Boots and the Emma Thompson sequels. lolly robinson (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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