The year 2016 celebrates 150 years of the life of Beatrix Potter, most famous for her endearing tales of Peter Rabbit and friends, encased in little white books that formed a fond part of my childhood. With 23 tales in all, Beatrix Potter was not only a successful author, but an ambitious businesswoman helping launch the range of Peter Rabbit merchandise, as well as being a botanical artist and passionate conservationist. With a year full of various celebrations around Beatrix’s life, I’m here to join along a blog tour taking over from Jo yesterday, sharing with you some of my memories as well as giving you the opportunity to win some fabulous Peter Rabbit goodies!
To mark the occasion we have been trying out some of the newly released merchandise in the form of this rather delicious milk chocolate Peter Rabbit from Charbonnel et Walker (rrp £15). It’s beautifully detailed and consists of thick milk chocolate, that tastes rather divine.
This Peter Rabbit plush by Gund stands at 16cm tall. It’s really soft and beautifully made, a perfect gift for anyone this Easter and suitable for ages 1+. This soft toy is available from H Samuel and F Hinds.
When I was a child I was an avid reader, and recall fondly visiting the local library at the top of our road once a week to change my books. I always remember picking up one of the little white covered books by Beatrix Potter as one of my selection and gradually worked my way through all the titles, before reading through them again and again. I loved the tales of Jemima Puddle duck, Miss Tiggywinkle, the Flopsy Bunnies and Squirrel Nutkin to name just a few. I’m pleased to say I’ve managed to pass on some of my love for Beatrix Potter onto my children and they have several books that I read to them each nighta and they enjoy them just as much as I did.
To celebrate 150 years of Beatrix Potter with my readers I have the most gorgeous bundle of baby goodies to giveaway from Mothercare and Puffin books worth almost £48!
The bundle consists of a really smart bodysuit £8, Hat and Mitt set £8 and grey shawl £22 from Mothercare. This are all simply beautiful and if I was having another baby now, I’d have this on it, I just love the soft grey and white colours. Also in this bundle is this really lovely set of Milestone cards £9.99 in Peter Rabbit designs. Again these are so nice and I wish they had been around when my children were born.
I also have two other Beatrix Potter giveaways running – 4 tickets up for grabs for entry to Peter Rabbits Playground at Willows Farm, just enter HERE and a family ticket to the World of Beatrix Potter HERE.
To win the lovely bundle of baby goodies simply fill in the Gleam form below:
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the chocolate and soft toy in order to write an honest review.
I have a few of her books and my favourire was The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies!
when i was little i used to read the stories to my baby brother, making up stories for the lovely pictures x
My mum reading stories to me!
When we were young we used to collect all the Beswick Beatrix Potter figures, coming from the potteries. I wish I had saved them – I just have Jemima Puddleduck now.
can remember having a few books many many years ago
going on school trips to beatrizx potter world when i was at primary school
I have a picture of me in front of my peter Rabbit mural on my bedroom wall. It was my fave! I have tweeted the pic
my mum reading me,my first beatrix potter book,it was petter rabbit,i just loved the story and my mum enjoyed reading it to me,time and time again x
I had a musical Jemma puddleduck which I loved x
I loved reading the Beatrix Potter books when I was little, Peter was my fav 🙂
My mum used to read us all the Beatrix Potter books when we were younger
My mum reading me Beatrix Potter books at bedtime and admiring the pretty pictures. Good times and memories ;D
Reading Peter Rabbit – I loved that naughty little bunny
My mother used to buy me a book every so often, so i had a little collection, not anymore though.
Mine is loving listening to my gran read me the series and I always remember the chamomile tea and wondered what it was like!
I had a Beatrix Potter VHS tape. It was a bit scary though because some rats tried to roll one of the animals up in pastry! I could be remembering that slightly wrong though.
Reading Peter Rabbit
I remember my mum reading me The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin for the first time at my grandad’s house in Devon when we were visiting one summer, there were a lot of Red squirrels there then and I remember thinking that Squirrel Nutkin lived in the tree in my grandad’s garden!
I had the tiniest set of books, Im a fan of anything mini and I loved them
I had Peter rabbit book and my nan used to read all the other Beatrix books at her house roundest childhood memories xx
I remember my mum reading Peter Rabbit book to me when I was little
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I had the collection of little books when i was young and a cuddly peter rabbit.
Reading beatrix potter at bedtime 🙂 xxx
Reading them with my nanny when I was a little girl!
i remember having the books and my dad reading them to me 🙂
My nan used to read the stories to me when we visited.
The very first time My mother read Peter Rabbit to me and how i enjoyed the story
i used to stay at my nans on a weekend and she used to read them to me
I remember my mum reading them to me and my brother
Having Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontale read to me
My grandmother reading me the stories from my bookcase I now read the same stories to my little girl
boring little books that weren’t Thomas the Tank engine
my dad reading me bedtime stories
I loved the Beatrix Potter stories as a kid. I used to make plastercaster models using rubber moulds of the characters, models were made with plaster of Paris and I loved painting them afterwards.
My mum used to have a lot of the books so she used to read them to me and my brother
I remember being at Nursery and the only thing that would stop me crying for my mum would be when the teacher read a Peter Rabbit story. I was such a fan my auntie bought me a Peter Rabbit china tea set
My mum would read her books to us at bedtime – it was a lovely warm experience
I remember having the stories read to me, and then reading them to my own children.
my memory is of reading the booked with my sister
I remember reading Peter Rabbit at school 🙂
My dad reading stories to me before bed
Reading Squirrel Nutkin, I used to love it
Reading stories as a kid
My godmother had a collection at her house that she used to read to me as a small child
Can remember a few books when I was very young
my parents reading books out to me
My mum reading to me the stories and giving me the nickname Jemima
My Peter Rabbit soft toy…I loved it.
Eating my lunch off of the Peter Rabbit plate my mother bought me. I still have it, and it’s in surprisingly good condition.
my memory is of my mum reading me the books, now i read them to my daughter x
I never read any of her books so I have no memories
My mum reading me the stories as a child.
My Nan reading me the Tales of Mrs Tiggy Winkle
I remember my parents reading the books to me & I had a Peter Rabbit duvet cover
I really loved Mrs Tiggywinkle, she reminded me of my mum!
Making Mr Mcgregors garden for an Easter display with my mum when I was 6
Reading the books 🙂
My little sister had Beatrix Potter wallpaper! I loved it!!
I remember Jemima puddleduck and peter rabbit. I had little ceramic ornaments of them. Loved themxxx
I remember my parents reading The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Peter Rabbit to me at bedtime, and I now read them to my daughter 🙂
Loved hearing these stories when I was small and now love reading them to my son x
Going to the library with my Mum and picking our Jemima Puddleduck. I loved that story and she read it to me so many times. Thanks for the chance, we are such big fans of Beatrix Potter x
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My Golden Edged books i had as a child. I think there stored away somewhere
My uncle, who is an artist drawing Jemima Puddleduck for me
My gran had a Peter Rabbit glass that I was allowed to use on special occasions.
Getting the Peter Rabbit Book Collection for Christmas as a child – I loved it ! 🙂
Getting a Peter rabbit mug
My Mum has a Peter Rabbit ornament which I used to hold whilst the stories were read to me.
Reading Gemima puddle dock x
Mine is sitting down and reading the books as a child with my mum. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.
My friend had all the books and I used to read them at her house.
Always remember having the story’s read to me by my Nanny
My Dads nickname for me as a child was Jemima Puddleduck. I also had a collection of miniature books bought my sister which I still have
My Gran bought me the books when I was a child and I now read those books to my children
I grew up adoring Peter Rabbit stories. My ‘blankie’ had Peter Rabbit printed on it too…will never forget how happy that made me 🙂
I don’t have any. I grow up in France and I discover Peter Rabbit in the UK with my first child.
My Mam reading me story’s
Oh I loved Jemima Puddleduck! I had so much of her stuff in my room as a kid!
my great-grandma knitted me a little Peter Rabbit teddy … he’s still in my dads loft 🙂
I remember reading them in bed when I was little.
I remember getting the books for my birthday and used to love reading them with my parents
My childhood memories of Beatrix potter are reading the box set of her books and my mum collecting the Beatrix potter Peter rabbit plates. My partner has a Peter rabbit soft toy which he had a a baby, now our little girl has the same toy! X
My mum is a huge Beatrix Potter fan, i grew up with the stories. Mum collects the little Peter Rabbit figurines, and each year family members would buy her something to add to her collection. i remember, when i was around 12, i saved up and bought her a Jemima Puddle duck figure to add to the collection
Reading the books at my grandparent’s house 😀
i remember the stories being read to me at night time, and falling asleep to them.
I loved the stories Jemima was my favourite
Reading the books with my sister 🙂
My favourite childhood memory of Beatrix Potter is reading the stories to my older 2 children when they were small, all snuggled up together on the sofa and getting lost in the wonderful tales.
My Mum reading my Sister and I stories of Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggywinkle at bedtime
I remember visiting The tailor of Gloucester museum and having a wonderful time.
I remember my mum reading the books to me
I remember being obsessed with the mrs tiggy winkle story and totally adoring her cosy little woodland home.it always made me want to curl up and go to sleep in there
I remember having a Peter rabbit mug with s story in the side it was my favourite
Bedftime stories with mum xx
Reading the stories with my sister
I had a little miniature collection & remember learning cats cradle after reading them!
My favourite memory of Beatrix Potter is staying round my aunts house in the summer holidays and she would always read me Beatrix Potter books. The stories have stayed dear to me all these years and I have shared my love of her books with my own children.
My grandmother used to read the books by Beatrix Potter to me at bedtime. I loved them as she would always embellish the stories and make them really funny. It’s a tradition that I carried on with my children and grandchildren.
my mum reading to me on a night xx
My Grandma reading me the books for the first time. I now read them to my nephews and niece.
reading the books
My mum reading us the books before bed each night
my mum reading to them when i was very young – i loved them!
I don’t remember anything from my childhood, now I read and watch DVDs with the grandchildren
my parents reading me the stories before bedtime
We made a big Jemima Puddle duck as a nursery class project, glue and lots of feathers!
my mum reading me the stories
I remember the books from infant school.
My Mum used to read the stories of Peter Rabbit and I think these stories were my favourite for two or three weeks.
I had the whole box set as a child loved them so much love Peter
My nan reading it to me when we stayed with her xx
Borrowing the books from the library
Having a box set of all the books
Besides watching all of the films I had the entire collection of books, and printed plates on my wall. It was a big part of my childhood!
My mum read peter rabbit stories to me and my sister.
I loved reading the little books, and then reading them again to my daughter.
Going to visit the Tailor of Gloucester’s House every time we went shopping to Gloucester on a Saturday – magical!
I had a lovely jigsaw of Peter rabbit!
Reading beatrix potter at bedtime
reading the books at school
Stories about Peter Rabbit, and how he always got away from the gardener.
My childhood memories are of my mother reading Peter Rabbit to me
I remember my mum reading these tales to me every night, just as I do to my children now.
I had a lovely box set of her tales which I would read to my younger sister and brother!
grandma reading stories to me!
My grandmother reading them to me 🙂
I remember always watching the tv adaptations we had taped on video, at Christmas time every year when I was a child.
I remember getting some of the books from the library and I just kept on renewing them as I didn’t want to give them back!
We visited Sawrey and her home a lot when we used to visit the Lake District. It was always so picturesque
loved my mum reading the stories at bedtime
I have no childhood memories of Beatrix Potter at all but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories to my daughter.
I remember the old style hard back books, i had the Jemima Puddleduck one and love the illustrations in it x
starting with reading peter rabbit then all of the others after
My mother reading me the tiny minature set of books I had – over and over again!
reading the books at bedtime
She didn’t “dumb down” – I can still quote from Peter Rabbit (the sparrows “implored him to exert himself” when he was stuck in Mr McGregor’s garden). My mum was reading this to me at the same time that I was learning to read with Peter & Jane (“See Pat run”) and I knew which one I preferred!
I had most of the books and loved them, I love miss tiggywinkle and Jeremy fisher!
Reading Peter Rabbit and friends books. Made me feel so happy!
I had a whole set of small hardback stories. I remember reading them with my parents.
I had Peter Rabbit, Mer Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddle Duck books. I loved reading them at bedtime.
Reading the book for the first time
I used to love reading her books, I had a pull-along Jemima Puddleduck toy and a Mrs Tiggywinkle tea set that I loved!
Reading peter rabbit x x x x x x
my mum reading it to me and my brother
MY fav memory is having the collection of books and every night picking one out to read before bedtime.
My nana reading them to me when I went to stay with her
I loved looking at the beautiful pictures in the little hard back books that i had as a child.
Bedtime stories with my mum 🙂
My earliest memory is my mother reading her books to me over and over again.
my first memories of Beatrix Potter was long before I went to school, mum used to take my sister and I to the local park, which held the library in those days, so we would sit on the polished parquay floor and slide about very quietly, (no noise or giggling or shouting allowed!!!) to see all the books, but the Beatrix Potter books were our very favourite. We were too young to read then but the lovely pictures of the animals delighted us nearly every day! (my mum was an avid reader and we used to go nearly every day as the park was so close to us) We felt so proud to have our own library ticket and it was through the books she wrote, that we both began to read slowly, even before school,I remember too mum reading them to us every night, which inspired us both to become real book lovers for ever! My own children and grandchildren love Beatrix Potter books too, so life has gone full circle, her books never go out of date!
Being read Peter Rabbit as a bedtime story
My favourite memory is my dad reading the books to me and making up voices for the characters 🙂
We had a bookshelf full of the collection – always loved Mrs Tiggy-Winkle
A Peter Rabbit soft toy
Remember getting the books from the local library
My mum reading the books to me
I remember having some of the books when I was little.
Having a bed time story every night from my mum xx
i had a box with the whole collection of books and remember my mum reading them to me
reading a story about jemima puddleduck when i was a little girl
I had the collection of little books when I was young and loved reading them and admiring the pictures
Reading the books
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I remember our holidays to the Lake District and trying to find Peter Rabbit. I have carried on this tradition with my son and enjoy it just as much now as I did 25 years ago!
I remember being scared of Mr. McGregor.
I remember getting a new book each birthday and Christmas from my Godmother!
I remember my dad reading the books to me when I was little, I now do the same to my children
My mum reading me Mrs Tiggywinkle
My mum used to read us the Beatrix Potter tales which I vividly remember after many years.
story time in primary school where peter rabbit was a regular.
My dad used to sit outside the bathroom and read these books to me and my sister whilst we were in the bath of an evening….loved hearing the stories!
i remember thinking how much fun Peter Rabbit had and wished I was had a rabbit called Peter for those adventures
A lovely old pottery Mrs tiggywinkle we had in the laundry room and naming my beautiful rabbit Cotton-Tail
Being read it at school
A Jemima Puddleduck ornament that I used to treasure as a child, I’ve given it to my little girl now!
My mum reading stories to me!
my mum reading me the stories, which i still have and read to my children
My Mum reading me the storys
My mother used to read me the books. I loved Mrs Tiggywinkle!
a peter rabbit teddy
I remember my mum reading all the books to my baby brother.
Bedtime stories; my favourite was Jemima Puddleduck as I had pet ducks
Visiting Hill Top Farm and looking at the views from there and tying to put the
stories into perspective , seeing real rabbits running about and how Beatrix must have imagined them , then to go to the Museum and to see all of the stories almost come to life, what a wonderful way for a child to start life is with a wonderful imagination and there is no better than Beatrix Potter for doing this.
Regard and best wishes Terrad
when me and my sisters used to stay at my mums friends house and she had the whole collection so we used to read them before bed
Oh I have so many! A gorgeous big book I had (and still have) of all her stories which mum used to read to me, watching the stories on television and I had a beautiful Peter Rabbit bowl and mug set as a child which I loved 🙂
Going to my grandma’s in Scotland and vising the Beatrix Potter garden.
My Auntie buying me the books for my birthday and she would come round every Sunday to read one with me <3
Being read the Tories and loving the mini illustrations! And now reading them to my grandson!
Being read the books when I was little.
I got my daughter the Beatrix Potter collection when she was small, she loved me reading them to her x
Reading with my mum, cuddled up on the sofa together, I was probably about 4
I used to love going to the library at my primary school and checking out the Peter Rabbit books!
My Nan giving me a peter rabbit soft toy and me never being able to sleep without it!
Reading beatrix potter at bedtime
to start with was the beautiful pictures, later was the tales
watercolours and my spoon
my nan got me a peter rabbit tea set from a car boot sale and I used to play with it for hours
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My mum reading me the books every-night! 🙂