Saturday, November 15, 2008

Miss Potter

Rachel and Katie and I watched a chick-flick together last weekend. It told the story of Beatrix Potter, and how her books were published, and how she finally fell in love when her mother had long since given up hope of marrying off the daughter. This movie was jam-packed with places to giggle, and full of adorable drawings of Peter and Benjamin and Jemima. The movie showed Beatrix's vivid imagination, and how she was willing to live her life without succumbing to being a conformist. There was romance.

But I think the part I liked best was the scenery in England. The views of the lake district and the surrounding countryside were breath-taking. In one particular scene, I could almost SEE Nancy and Peggy and the Swallows and their sailboats. Oh, it gave me the shivers. The people who produced Miss Potter should considering producing a few Swallows and Amazons movies too.

By the way, when we started collecting Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons stories, they were hard to find. They weren't published in the USA. You could buy them used. Or you could get a traveler to buy one for you in Canada or England. Finding the books through inter-library loan was plenty difficult too. And now, they've grown in popularity so much that you could buy the whole set used for about $20-25 online.


  1. I just started reading Swallows and Amazons to my kids. My older daughter had recommended them, but we never got around to reading them. It's a wonderful book! I didn't realize that there was a set to look forward to reading.

  2. Swallows and Amazons
    Peter Duck
    Winter Holiday
    Coot Club
    Pigeon Post
    We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea
    Secret Water
    The Big Six
    Missee Lee
    The Picts and the Martyrs
    Great Northern?

    Karen, I think our favorites were Swallows and Amazons, Winter Hoilday, Pigeon Post, and We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea.

    Coot Club, Secret Water, Big Six, Picts and Martyrs, and Great Northern were very popular around here too. The imaginary tales were good, but not as superb as the others.