It was in 1893 that Peter Rabbit made his first appearance. Potter drew a number of sketches of him in a story for Noel Moore, the son of her former governess. She later expanded the story and had the tale published in 1902. The success of this children's classic led to twenty two-other tales in the Peter Rabbit series, and last year, Peter celebrated his 110th birthday.
Now, on one's birthday it is customary to receive a present, and so keeping with tradition, Peter was given a present by the actor and screenwriter, Emma Thompson. What is it, you ask? A whole new story: The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit. The 24th book in the series is the first not to be written by Beatrix Potter herself, but it is given all the love and care of the originals.
Illustrated by Eleanor Taylor, her artwork can be seen alongside that of Beatrix Potter at The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit exhibition at the Scotland Street School Museum until the 24th February. It will be an exciting look at rarely-seen material from the Beatrix Potter archive so you can explore the life of Peter Rabbit from his early beginnings up to his newly commissioned tale, which take his beyond the Lake District to the Scottish Highlands, where he meets a distant relative called Finlay McBurney.