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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 outnumbered.

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.

“The 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.

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