Miss Potter

For students interested in children’s literature,  I recommend the film, Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. Beatrix Potter created a series of books and characters, starting with The Tale of Peter Rabbit, that are still read by children today and became probably one of the first merchandising wonders. You may also want to look at the recent biography of Beatrix Potter by Linda Lear, Beatrix Potter: a life in nature (UL General Collection PR6031.O72 Z62 2007) as well as the books by Beatrix Potter in the Carl and Gretchen Patton Children’s Collection on the first floor of Library North.  Beatrix Potter was a trail blazer in children’s literature– since their publication her works have never been out of print. She was also a wonderful model for young women wanting to  make a difference in their world as this film shows. She was not only a wonderful artist, but a major force in land conservation in 20th century Great Britain. She left over 4,000 acres of farm land in the Lake District to the British National Trust. For more information about the movie, see the Official US site for Miss Potter or the Internet Movie Database entry for the film. The dvd of Miss Potter can be found in the GSU Library Media Center (Library South 2) under the call number Video DVD PN1997.2 .M577 2007.

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