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#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.

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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.

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About lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

10 responses »

  1. Her illustrations remain a delight.

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  2. This is so interesting! I love Beattrix Potter. Did you do the Letter artwork?
    https://meinthemiddlewrites.com/2016/04/12/me-in-the-middle-of-atozchallenge-letter-j/

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  3. Huge fan of Beatrix Potter.her stories and the book illustrations never fail to delight. Our J post is up http://atcad.blogspot.com/2016/04/jump-atozchallenge.html

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  4. Jemimah Puddleduck holds a special place in my heart – it’s the nickname we have for our first granddaughter (due any day) and makes me smile when I hear it! Leanne @ cresting the hill

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  5. I loved this post!! I think I have a piggy bank with one of her illustration on it. Her stories were a staple of my childhood.

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  6. I’ve always loved the way the name “Jemima Puddleduck” trips off the tongue. 🙂

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