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Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Through she's universally known as the creator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter did so much more. This is the true story about how she helped save the English countryside!

Growing up in London, Beatrix Potter felt the restraints of Victorian times. Girls didn't go to school and weren't expected to work. But she longed to do something important, something that tru
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by little bee books
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This is a worthy addition to the Beatrix Potter PB biography line-up as it focuses on her conservation and philanthropy work more than her career as an author and illustrator. We do still chart Potter's ascent to literary fame but it is framed more around her love of nature and the countryside. I already knew about her amazing work preserving the farmland in the Lake District and here I also learned about her work helping folks in the area such as helping pay for medical care for both farm famil ...more
Love this! ❤
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing range of accomplishments/topics covered in this book. Also existential AF!
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This excellent biography focuses on how Beatrix Potter purchased 4000 acres of countryside (with the money she earned from her books, etc.) and donated it to the National Trust, so that it would remain countryside forever. Ilaria Urbinati illustrates the books with lovely watercolors that extend the story beyond the bounds of the text. The book ends with an author's note and a bibliography. ...more
A lovely and informative picture book biography about the author / illustrator Beatrix Potter. Marshall does a good job of describing how Potter's childhood influenced not only her books, but her work as a scientist and conservationist. An engaging and accessible biography about a creative and resourceful woman. ...more
Beautifully written. Beautifully illustrated.
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book, and I have to admit that I did not know that much about Beatrix Potter. Now I would like to visit the area, and I guess I should read some of her books! The illustrations are very mesmerizing.
Maria Caplin
Confession: I am obsessed with Beatrix Potter. This is a heart print book for me. Her love of the country and animals. Passion for drawing and her gift of a story. Learned so many new facts and might have planned my retirement trip to England someday. ❤️
Kirsti Call
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Using delicate, precise strokes, she sketched Bemjamin Bouncer. She drew him from the front. She drew him from the side. She even drew him standing and wearing fancy clothes."

This story so engaging and informative. Peter Rabbit was one of my favorite characters as a child and learning about Beatrix Potter was not only delightful, but also reminded me of some of my favorite memories of reading some of my favorite books.
Sharon Phillips
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lovely picture book about Beatrix Potter and how the Peter Rabbit stories got published. I loved the art work as well. My only wish is that timeline wasn't mentioned at all . ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Biography of Potter for elementary level readers.
Marshall shares information from her childhood through legacy.
Soft colored illustrations capture Potter's style as well.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this beautiful depiction of the effect of Potter's work. ...more
Shayle Duff
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Saving the Countryside by Linda Marshall is about a lady named Beatrix Potter. When Beatrix was young, women weren't allowed to have careers and they weren't expected to attend college. So, instead of feeling completely useless, Beatrix began drawing her rabbit, Benjamin Bouncer, over and over again. She drew him from the front, side, and standing while wearing fancy clothes. Beatrix decided to send her drawing into a publisher and she landed herself a job creating holiday cards. She tr ...more
Ben Truong
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit is a children's picture book written by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Ilaria Urbinati. The life of the British picture-book author and illustrator makes a serendipitous subject for an engaging and attractive picture book.

Helen Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist. She was best known for her children's books featuring animals.

Marshall's text is rather simplistic, st
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm an absolute sucker for Beatrix Potter--her books, biographies written and filmed about her, and memorabilia related to her books--and so this book was so, so easy for me to love. The illustrations are gorgeous (without imitating her style too closely, which sometimes catches me up in a picture book biography about artists) and Marshall includes a manageable amount of text per page for reading aloud to 2 to 4 year old children without losing their interest.

One star short of a complete set bec
Christine Turner
Note: Would work for entrepreneurship storytime.

Through she's universally known as the creator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter did so much more. This is the true story about how she helped save the English countryside!

Growing up in London, Beatrix Potter felt the restraints of Victorian times. Girls didn't go to school and weren't expected to work. But she longed to do something important, something that truly mattered. As Beatrix spent her summers in the country and found inspirati
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second picture book about Beatrix Potter I've read! Instead of being about the scientific career she didn't pursue, this one is about the landscape protection program she did instead. The story of her life starts in childhood, with regimented home life alternated with glorious summers at a farm, leading to her interest in animals and illustration. Her writing career takes off with Peter Rabbit, and she skillfully manages her trademarks, characters, and writing. She buys her own farm, and the ...more
Juli Anna
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
I'll read just about anything about Beatrix Potter, and this picture book took a unique angle, focusing on her conservation work rather than her illustrations. While the material was interesting, I thought the implementation was lackluster. The story was prosey and stilted and the illustrations were rather bland. One of my pet peeves is the prettifying of real-life people in picture book illustrations, and this was an over-the-top example. Potter was a rather plain woman with thin hair, bulging ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful biography and what an amazing woman.

I have long loved Beatrix Potter’s stories and there are few illustrators as iconic as her, but I never knew how important she was in preserving the beauty and charm England’s Lake District. (I have wanted to visit that part of the world for a long time and now I just want to go that much more!)

The book is well written and detailed, while not including unnecessary words. I love the illustrations which so compliment the story and Beatrix’s vi
Stephanie Bange
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful picture book biography of Beatrix Potter, the author of the Peter Rabbit books, will open windows of knowledge about her other contributions to the small corner of the world she inhabited. As a result of her foresight, she bought up area farms to keep the countryside from being developed. Along the way, she helped save a breed of sheep from becoming extinct.

Marshall does a lovely job of telling Potter's story. It is as light and delicate as Potter's artwork.

Artwork by Ilaria Urbin
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Possible contender for the Mock Caldecott Awards in January. A lovely book with beautiful illustrations telling the story of Beatrix Potter. She was a city girl who, after visiting relatives in the country, yearned to live in the countryside all her life. Since women at that time were not expected to have a career, she started painting pictures of her pet rabbit, Benjamin Bouncer. I'm not going to give away the entire plot but when she was able, she moved to the country and helped everyone aroun ...more
Becky B
A picture book biography of Beatrix Potter that touches lightly on her authorship and focuses on her conservation work to preserve the countryside she loved and help the community there.

I was fortunate enough about 15 years ago to be able to go hiking on some of that land that Beatrix Potter helped preserve. It is a beautiful place, and this is a great homage to the woman who had the vision and means and desire to preserve that during her time so that hiking those hills today is still possible.
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This lovely picture book biography tells of the life of Beatrix Potter, writer and illustrator of the Peter Rabbit stories. It focuses especially on how Beatrix used the money she earned from her books to preserve the countryside she loved. Ilaria Urbinati’s watercolor illustrations are beautiful, especially when depicting the idyllic country landscapes. The book probably would have benefitted from including some of Beatrix Potter’s own illustrations, possibly in the author’s note. Overall, an i ...more
Cheriee Weichel
This book gave me all the feels.
I kept wondering if I had read this book before since so much of it felt familiar. Then I realised it was from watching Miss Potter, the movie. (I don't think I finished it, but I might now.)
Reading this I learned how Potter, who grew up in a traditional household, overcame the restrictions of her time. First by self publishing her first books and taking control of her own copyright, and second, by purchasing land by herself. Seeing that the pastoral landscape of
Julie Biles
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The life and work of Beatrix Potter has brought me much joy for my entire life as my own mother read to me as a child, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies.

Her talent and gifting for sketching, drawing and writing is masterful. This beautiful children’s book tells the story of how this nineteenth-century woman, while experiencing social constraints of Victorian times, accomplished things that truly mattered and were for the greater good of society. We feel the effects of
Zoraida Rivera Morales
People who love Peter Rabbit will enjoy this story about the creator of this character. Others will come to it moved by the love of nature. But this book isn't only about being a writer or loving the countryside. It's about wanting to do some-thing that matters in an age when women's activities
and ambitions were extremely limited by society and working hard to achieve it.

It's a book that will motivate kids to overcome obstacles and fight for their dreams.
Lynn  Davidson
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story about the famed author of the series of Peter Rabbit books. I hadn't known anything about her, other than she had written and illustrated all those books. Beatrix Potter wanted to do something important with her life, and she did many things that helped people, animals and the countryside, and continues on. This is a fabulous story about an amazing successful woman. Very nicely illustrated. ...more
Heather Montgomery
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the absolutely delightful story of how Beatrix Potter came to write and illustrate the story of Peter Rabbit. Marshall deftly weaves a story of inspiration that ties together illustration, writing, and conservation. It picturebook would be a sweet read for a young person who enjoys creativity as well as adults who will be charmed by this look into the story behind stories from their childhood.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure you know Peter Rabbit. I think everyone has heard the story of that adventurous little bunny! But do you know Beatrix Potter? This book explores how she grew up, the world she lived in, how Peter was created, and what she decided to do with her money. She is a fascinating person - generous, talented, and way ahead of her time.
If you enjoyed this book, I would suggest "Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig" by Deborah Hopkinson.
A picture book biography of Beatrix Potter that focuses on her struggle to become published and then the important work she did as well as writing. She was very concerned with the conservation of land and bought many farms that she later donated to the National Trust. That area remains preserved as the English Lake district to this very day.
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