Easter bunnies, Puddle-ducks, & Tiggywinkles…Oh My!

Posted Apr 4 2018, 12:21 pm

Happy Easter, Everyone! Yes, we’ve all read the whimsical Tale of Peter Rabbit! But, how ’bout Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-duck, Squirrel Nutkin, or Mrs. Tiggywinkle? These, and so many others, were crafted into life from the amazing hand & inspiration of Beatrix Potter —

Seen in this c. 1913 image ‘walking’ with her bunny named Benjamin. According to The Storybook of Dreams & Beauty site “…The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is a children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, and first published by Frederick Warne & Co. in September 1904. The book is a sequel to The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902), and tells of Peter’s return to Mr. McGregor’s garden with his cousin Benjamin to retrieve the clothes he lost there during his previous adventure.

In Benjamin Bunny, Potter deepened the rabbit universe she created in Peter Rabbit, and, in doing so, suggested the rabbit world was parallel to the human world but complete and sufficient unto itself. Benjamin Bunny was an instant success, and thousands of copies were in print by the end of 1904.

The Times Literary Supplement thought Potter’s illustrations “pencil perfect”, but suggested that she engage a literary assistant for future productions. Potter created a nursery wallpaper tapping Benjamin’s image, and Benjamin returned as an adult rabbit in the Flopsy Bunnies and Mr. Tod. In 1992, Benjamin Bunny was adapted as an episode of the BBC animated television series, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends.” So, there you have it…Flopsy, Mopsy, & Cotton-tail, along with their mischevious brother, Peter, as well as Benjamin Bunny & so many delightful others, has forevermore anchored author Beatrix Potter a spot within our childhood memories. Hope y’all have a blessed Easter … ❤️ ~ Cindy




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