This original, authorised version has been lovingly recreated electronically for the first time, with reproductions of Potter’s unmistakeable artwork optimised for use on colour devices such as the iPad. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published by Frederick Warne in 1902 and endures as Beatrix Potter’s most popular and well-loved tale. Re-originated in 2002 to mark the centenary of publication bringing it closer to the original edition, six illustrations were restored, four that were removed in 1903 to make room for endpapers and two that have never been used before, Beatrix having initially prepared more illustrations than could be accommodated in the original format.
Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866, at No 2, Bolton Gardens, Kensington, London. She loved nature and drawing as a child. In 1893, Beatrix sat down to write a picture letter to Noel Moore, the five-year-old son of her ex-governess, all about a naughty rabbit called Peter. Noel was ill in bed and so Beatrix wrote to him: “My dear Noel, I don’t know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits….” And that’s how The Tale of Peter Rabbit was created. It wasn’t until 1902 that Frederick Warne published what would become one of the most beloved stories in children’s books.
Did Beatrix Potter comment on the success of The Tale Of Peter Rabbit?
In November of 1903, the book was in it’s sixth printing (of 56,500 copies), and Potter said, “The public must be fond of rabbits! What an appalling quantity of Peter.”
How did you get the idea for The Tale of Peter Rabbit?
Beyond the fact that Beatrix had her own pet rabbits, named Benjamin Bouncer and Peter Piper, she first started writing the story in a letter to her friend’s 5 year-old boy, Noel Moore, who was sick: “I don’t know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits whose names were—Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter.”
When did Peter Rabbit merchandising begin?
In 1903, Beatrix Potter sewed a doll for publisher Frederick Warne’s (and Beatrix’s fiancé) niece. Beatrix wrote, “I am cutting out calico patterns of Peter, I have not got it right yet, but the expression is going to be lovely; especially the whiskers—(pulled out of a brush!)” Beatrix patented the doll, which was the oldest licensed character. This started the further merchandising of Peter Rabbit items.
When was The Tale Of Peter Rabbit first published?
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit was self published in 1901 and commercially published in 1902.
How many different languages has The Tale Of Peter Rabbit been published in?
Why was The Tale Of Peter Rabbit written?
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit was written for five-year-old Noel Moore, son of Potter’s former governess Annie Carter Moore, in 1893.
How many copies of The Tale Of Peter Rabbit have been sold?
Is The Tale Of Peter Rabbit a best seller?
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit is one of the best-selling children’s books of all time.
Why was the book self-published first?
Beatrix Potter wanted the book to be small enough for children’s hands, and inexpensive enough for them to buy. The publishers wanted to make the book bigger, and in turn, more expensive, but Beatrix refused and self-published instead.
When Beatrix was ready to send the book to a publisher, her family friend, Canon Rawnsley, re-wrote her story into a poem to help it get published. Rawnsley submitted the poetic version to Frederick Warne & Co., but they only agreed to publish the book using Beatrix’s simpler language.
Is Peter Rabbit in any other stories by Beatrix Potter?
Peter Rabbit appears in other books by Potter, such as The Tale(s) of: Benjamin Bunny, The Flopsy Bunnies, Mr. Tod; Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Ginger and Pickles, and Kitty-in-Boots.
Is there a movie adaption of The Tale of Peter Rabbit?