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Beatrix Potter: An annotated bibliography

Susan Frey‐Ridgway (Reference librarian and subject specialist in children's literature at Indiana University‐Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana.)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 1 March 1996


Beatrix Potter is best remembered as the creator of the notoriously naughty bunny, Peter Rabbit. Peter and his circle of friends grace the pages of the little books, so called because they measure less than six inches tall. These children's classics have been delighting readers since The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published in 1901. During Potter's lifetime the little books were read in the United Kingdom, America, and Canada. Foreign language translations of her work introduced her characters to children of other nations. Note the 1987 publishing event, the “new editions from the original watercolors,” which Warne used to great advantage! A flurry of books accompanied this event, by biographer Judy Taylor plus reprints (e.g., Linden). Today sales of the little books show no sign of abating. An industry of Peter Rabbit spinoff products has existed for almost as long as Peter has. Toys, games, videos, and collectibles of the Potter characters can be found on store shelves worldwide.


Frey‐Ridgway, S. (1996), "Beatrix Potter: An annotated bibliography", Reference Services Review, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 21-28.




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