Why Peter Rabbit and other Beatrix
Potter stories are even popular in Asia
Beatrix Potter stories are loved worldwide. The Japanese are particularly
fond of these stories, since they are often used in Japan to teach English.
In fact, if you go to the Lake District in summer you might feel a little
In 1893 at age 27, Beatrix Potter wrote an illustrated letter about
four little rabbits to the young son of her former governess. She turned
the letter into a picture book. Several publishers rejected her, so she
printed 250 copies herself that were popular with family and friends.
In 1902, 9 years later, a publisher made 8,000 copies that sold out instantly.
Tale of Peter Rabbit” has been part of the world’s heritage
ever since. Potter went on to write and illustrate numerous additional
stories including “The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle” and “The
Story of Jeremy Fisher” which features my favorite character a
fishing frog that hooks a big one.