The Tale of "Miss Potter"

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!”

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26 thoughts on “The Tale of "Miss Potter"”

  1. Were you a DOD teacher?I almost only ever rent movies. I like to watch at home. But we have been invited by our youngest son, Chris, to see the new Harry Potter at a preview on Thursday night. I'll be renting Miss Potter too.

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  2. That's so funny that you know about DOD. (Department of Defense Dependents Schools, sometimes I'd go back in a heartbeat.) My son is anticipating the seventh book, but we're not planning on seeing the new Harry Potter movie yet. As usual, I like the books so much more. I hope you enjoy Miss Potter as I did.

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  3. Kay, at first I thought you meant (Harry) Potter items…talk about a brain freeze. Everyone's so full of Harry excitement I just made the connection, and thought, "Wait. I don't have any Harry Potter paraphernalia." I guess it's some statement that I own Beatrix Potter instead.

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  4. What a lovely post! I love her books. The soap dish and child's mug are so beautiful!! I shall look for that DVD.Thanks for your comment, I have to look for that book too!

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  5. I have fond memories of checking out Beatrix Potter books from the book mobile at my elementary school. This is a film I too have been looking forward to seeing and hopefully will soon.

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  6. I have this DVD sitting next to my TV right now. I rented it about a week ago and haven't watched it yet :/ It's overdue at this point, but I'm not bringing it back until I watch it :p

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  7. Your Peter Rabbit collectibles are precious!Brings back fond memories of the trip my brother and I took to England and Scotland in July 2006. We travelled through the Lake District where Beatrix Potter resided and wrote her famous tales. Thank you for sharing!I now regret not having purchased a Peter Rabbit stuffed toy at the Wedgewood store.:(

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  8. When my first child was born my beloved grandmother brought her the first bouquet of lillies-of-the-valley from her garden in a Beatrix Potter jelly jar.We still have the jar and the daughter will be married next month carrying lillies-of-the-valley.But the books? Where the Wild Things Are and Shel Siverstein and others held much more appeal.I do appreciate the Brits for giving us the love of languagae and literature.

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  9. Oh! I love lilies of the valley, and your story about your grandmother, and the Potter jelly jar! (I wanted to carry lilies of the valley for my own wedding, and the florist said it would be very expensive so I didn't, but I did buy Dior's Diorissimo (lily of the valley based) perfume on my honeymoon. It's very hard to find, and was supposedly Princess Diana's favorite scent. I read that Dodi had a new bottle for her on her dresser the weekend she died.) I do not like Shel Silverstein (especially The Giving Tree!), but I agree on Where The Wild Things Are. Maurice Sendak is an awesome children's writer. Have you ever seen Chicken Soup With Rice by him?I can't wait to hear more about your daughter's wedding should you choose to discuss it. 🙂

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  10. It didn't even occur to me that you might have taught for the DOD. I have a friend teaching in Germany, right now. She's been an expat for many years, but is about to retire to . . . Arizona? One of those desert states. LOL Boy, don't I pay attention. Incidentally, that's very close to my husband's starting pay with a master's in engineering, the same year.The movie really gives you a great feel for the Lake Country and how much those little creatures must have meant to their artist. But, it made me sob. I knew it was coming and still had to run for the kleenex.

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  11. I love Beatrix Potter!! I can't wait to rent this film. I love anything that depicts the Lake District, so this will be right up my alley. Oh, and you are the second person in less than a week to recommend the movie to us. Off to Netflix to put it in our queue.

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  12. Being that I'm from Latin heritage, my mom didn't read any of the Beatrix Potter books. BUT, I did read them to my Fair Maidens when they were wee ones.My Knight and the Squires are attending a baseball game tonight. So the Fair Maidens and I have decided to rent and watch Miss Potter. We'll be having cookies and tea (pink lemonade cause we don't like tea) to set the mood. :o) The Fair Maidens and I are big fans of Miss Potter AND Renee Zellweger. :o)

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  13. Oooops! I forgot to mention that I noticed you were in Germany in 1984. My Knight and I lived there from 1983-1986. We lived in Kornwestheim, Germany. Which is in the Ludwigsburg district, in the Stuttgart region. My poor Knight had to drive by the Porsche factory on his way to work. During the time we lived there, we never saw a car accident. Which is amazing considering there was no speed limit in the autobahn. We figured it's a testimony to all the hard work one has to put in, in order to get a driver's license in Germany. Wish we were a little more strict here too.

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  14. I have to admit I was shocked at his starting pay, at the time. And, just a few months after he got his job, there were three of us. So, it was quite a stretch. Those were serious salad years. I guess I must have read about Beatrix Potter's life. What really stunned me was that they pronounced the "x" in her name. The way I understood it, Beatrix is pronounced just like the other spelling: Beatrice. In fact, we had a friend whose name was spelled with the "x" but pronounced with an "s" sound, during our college years. So, I may be confusing my Beas. 🙂

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  15. That could be Hollywood's mistake (in the pronounciation). I read somewhere that there were flaws in the film, such as she published Peter Rabbit before she met Mr. Warne. I'm not sure of the veracity of anything that comes out of Hollywood, but I still enjoyed this film. It has to be true for the most part, I'd hope.

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  16. I'd hope so, too. But, I do think that "x" was an error. Okay, drawing a blank on the guy who played Mr. Warne, but wasn't he wonderful in the role? I was in love, myself. 🙂

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