#AtoZChallenge Letter J

ivy-capital-letter-j   is for Jemima Puddleduck

Jemima is an Aylesbury duck.  Her book, published in 1908 was written by Beatrix Potter.

The_Tale_of_Jemima_Puddle-Duck_cover

The story closely parallels the original Perrault story of Red Riding Hood.  In this case, the wolf is replaced with the “whiskered gentleman,” a fox whom Jemima naively trusts.

Beatrix Potter first wrote illustrated letters to the 8 children of her governess/companion Annie Moore.  Annie suggested she should publish them, but in the meantime Beatrix and her brother self-published Christmas cards of her drawings from nature.  In 1890 she was asked to illustrate verses in a Book about Benjamin Bunny and other books soon followed.  Jemima Puddleduck, the first of the stories of Beatrix Potter to be set on a farm, became very popular.  It included Kep, the collie, saving the day.

Beatrix_Potter_and_Kep_in_1915

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