Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Are All Still Potty for Beatrix's Tales

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Are All Still Potty for Beatrix's Tales

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CALLING all Beatrix Potter book-lovers... To celebrate the author's 150th birthday, the National Trust is hosting its first Children's Book Festival Weekend at Wray Castle in the Lake District on March 4-6. You can go and meet your favourite authors and illustrators including Axel Scheffler, Philip Ardagh, Benji Davies, Sophy Henn and Steven Lenton.

You can even meet Peter Rabbit himself, join in the craft-making, storytelling, face-painting and Squirrel Nutkin raft-building with National Trust rangers.

Indeed, there is a host of family friendly events, suitable for all ages, through the three-day event that promise to be great fun and very informative, but, don't worry, if you can't get to the weekend why not celebrate yourselves and organise your own Beatrix Potter weekend? You could: | Dress up as a favourite character: maybe Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin or Jemima Puddle-Duck.

| Draw or paint one of your favourite animals. | Write your own story, using a Potter pal as your hero or heroine. Think of who the character is, what they are like - and how they would behave in the situation you have created. Would they be brave or silly? Would they react differently to you? | Organise a Beatrix Potter book club where you and your friends - or family - can discuss your favourite Beatrix Potter Book and why, or choose one book to each pick out your best bits. Maybe the bits the made you laugh out loud? Or got you angry!

| Create your own characters inspired by Potter pals like Mrs Tiggy-Winkle or Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. | Devise your own Beatrix Potter quiz to test your friends' knowledge - or test your Potter IQ with our quick questions...

Beatrix Potter QUICK QUIZ 1. In the Tale of Peter Rabbit, what does Mother Rabbit forbid her children from doing? 2. What is the name of the kittens' mother in The Tale of Tom Kitten? 3. What animal is Mrs Tiggy-Winkle? 4. What does Peter's mother give Peter after he gets home in The Tale of Peter Rabbit? 5. In the Tale of Samuel Whiskers, where does Tom Kitten escape after his sisters are put in the cupboard by his mother to keep out of the way? …

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