When a dear friend told me I must see the film Miss Potter, I went straight out to rent it. That’s how I am with movies; I usually see them after the DVD is released, and only then on recommendation. But this film was not a disappointment.
I have long since been a Beatrix Potter fan. My mother read me all her stories when I was a small girl, from The Tale of Benjamen Bunny to The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse with my favorite being The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Not only are the pictures captivating, but the British phrases from the early 1900’s were, and still are, soothing to me.
When I taught in Germany, it was very easy to travel to surrounding countries, so of course I had to buy the Wedgewood soap dish and child’s mug from England. I wanted the whole Wedgewood tea set, but I could not afford it. At that time, 1984, my salary was $17,000 a year.
I knew nothing of Beatrix’s life, other than that she was an artist and author of children’s books. This film not only filled in the blanks, it showed delightful scenes of England and the countryside.
I was as enchanted with the film as I have been from reading her books. I hope you enjoy it as well.
“Now, my dears,” said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, “you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.”
“Now run along, and don’t get into mischief. I am going out.”
“Then old Mrs. Rabbit, took her basket and her umbrella, and went through the wood to the baker’s. She bought a loaf of brown bread and five currant buns.
Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail, who were good little bunnies went down the lane to gather blackberries;
“But Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor’s garden, and squeezed under the gate!”