Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Tale of Peter Rabbit Hopped into Publishing History Today in 1900

At 27 years old Beatrix Potter sent a picture and story about a family of rabbits to the five year old son of her former governess, Annie Moore. (Beatrix Potter had a rabbit named Peter.) Moore encouraged Beatrix to publish the story which became a book titled The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor's Garden. She sent it to six publishers, and was rejected by all six since it did not include color pictures. Beatrix Potter was not the type to be easily discouraged so she self-published 250 copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Within the year she signed a contract with publisher, Frederick Warne and Co., and by the end of the year, 28,000 copies were in print. This small book was the beginning of many other books by Beatrix Potter as we all know.  She was not only an artist and storyteller, but also a scientific expert on fungi and a conservationist. See more about her (and Peter) at The World of Peter Rabbit website.  Photo Credit: Beatrix Potter, ‘Pencil study of Peter Rabbit’ Frederick Warne & Co.