“All musicians have had one: a bad day of practice, where nothing goes right and you just can’t get the notes out. Have you ever wondered why? Simple–the note was stuck!”
The writer re-dipped her pen and sketched three roly-poly rabbits snuggled together. She added the fourth rabbit, sitting impishly off by himself.
“…Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter.”
The Early Years
Born July 28, 1866 into a wealthy London family, Helen Beatrix Potter enjoyed all the niceties of Victorian England’s upper-class. The family’s long summer holidays in Scotland, Wales, and northern England fed the young girl’s colorful imagination. Her early love affair with the Lake District, in particular, had a profound influence on her art style and story settings, which would someday center around her own beloved Hill Top Farm.
‘What’s the matter?’ asked the little white rabbit.
‘Oh, I’m just thinking,’ replied the little black rabbit.
It was only recently that I was introduced to Garth Williams’ own written-and-illustrated children’s book, The Rabbits’ Wedding. It was love at first sight. Most modern readers, myself included, wouldn’t blink an eye at a black rabbit and a white rabbit tying the knot, but the story actually created quite a stir when it was published in 1958.