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Beatrix Potter F RO M A NIM AL CRU EL T Y F IG HT ER, T O RE N O W NED CH IL D R E N’ S W R IT ER

“Now my dears, you may go into the fields or down the lane, but never go into Mister McGregor’s garden” old mother Rabbit ordered. Sound familiar? That was an extract from Helen Beatrix Potter’s most famous work, the tale of Peter Rabbit. Born in Kingston, London, on the 28th of July 1866, Beatrix Potter was a famous writer for most of her 77 years of life. Beatrix wrote a total of 25 books, all for children. But of all, her most famous work was the tale of Peter Rabbit. She loved animals and often stayed at her parent’s farm. She illustrated her own books from the very beginning to the very end. She was very close to her brother, Walter (Bertram), and missed him dearly when he died just aged 46. A private governess educated Beatrix until she was 18. She studied languages, literature, science, and history. Although she was provided private art lessons, she preferred to use her own style. In 1905, she was unofficially engaged to Norman Warne, younger brother of Fredrick Warne, whom published Potters books. Unfortunately, Norman died before they wed. In the same year, she bought Hilltop farm, near Sawrey. In 1913, she married William Heelis, a local respected solicitor. Potter died on the 22nd of December 1943. As a child Beatrix Potter spent holidays with her parents and younger brother affectionately known as Bertram, in the Scottish countryside of Perthshire, where she and her brother developed an interest in the wildlife. There she also formed a friendship with Charles McIntosh, the eminent naturalist, with whom she shared a passion for the natural sciences, especially fungi.

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It was while she was on holiday, in Eastwood, Dunkeld in 1893 that she wrote a letter to Noel Moore with pictures she had drawn. Moore was the five year old son of Beatrix’s former governess Annie Carter Moore, whom taught Beatrix German and acted as her companion and they became life long friends. This first letter later became The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the first edition was published in 1902. It was Annie Moore who encouraged Beatrix to have her letters, many of which she sent to Annie’s eight children, published as books. In the Victorian era women never went to college but were privately taught by governesses. Both Potter’s parents were artistically talented although Beatrix’s father was a lawyer who became very wealthy from investments in the stock market. Beatrix and Bertram had small animals in their schoolroom: mice, rabbits, bats, a hedgehog, a collection of butterflies and insects, which they studied and drew. At the age of fourteen Potter began to keep diary that she kept in special code. She recorded her observations on art and artists, society and the world arob bund her in tiny handwriting . In this diary she developed her keen sense of how to describe nature. Beatrix Potter’s influences included: Shakespeare, Charles Kingsley, Scottish and German mythology, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lewis Carroll, Brother’s Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales and Aesop’s fables. Illustrators who influenced Potter included Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott.

Go to the next page for Potter’s books and some pictures!!!

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BEATRIX’S BOOKS

Appley Rhymes

The Tale Of Benjamin Bunny

Cecily Rhymes

The Fairy Caravan

The Story Of A Fierce Bad Rabbit

The Tales of Flopsy Bunnies

The Tale Of Ginger And Pickles

The Tale Of Jemima Puddleduck

The Tale Of MR. Jeremy Fisher

The Tale Of Johnny Townmouse

The Tale Of Little Pig Robinson

The Story Of Miss Moppet

The Tale Of MR. Todd

The Tale Winkle

The Tale Of MRS. mouse

The Tale Of Peter Rabbit

The Tale Of The Pie And The Patty-Pan

The Tale of Pigling Bland

The Tale Of Samuel Whiskers Or The Roly-Poly Pudding

The Sly Old Cat

The Tale Of Squirrel Nutkin

The Tailor Of Gloucester

The Tale Of Timmy Tiptoes • •

Dapply’s

Parsley’s

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Nursery

Nursery

MRS.

Beatrix as a child holding her dog, Spot

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The Tale Of Tom Kitten

Yellow Grisette and Fly Agaric, Painted by Beatrix Potter in Cover from an original September 1897 copy of the tale of peter rabbit, 1902

The Tale Of Two Bad Mice

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The 5 Easy Steps To Writing A Narrative All the ways to be a first time writer

Have you ever had trouble with narratives? Don’t know where to start? Confused with all the fidgety bits? Well, read ‘The 5 Easy Steps to Writing a Full Narrative’ and life will be full of your quick and easy stories.

PLANNING: All righty new time writers, as a matter of fact, you are at the hardest stage of writing a narrative! Planning. At the beginning, try to find some sort of inspiration for your narrative. Go for a walk, read a book, watch some T.V or listen to some music for some basic ways of finding inspiration.

Once you have your inspiration, make some simple lists of the following. ∗ Characters (separate for good guys and bad guys if you wish) ∗ Settings ∗ Problems ∗ Solutions Once these are finished, try and create a timeline of events. If there are two stories happening at once, make another timeline. What also helps me a lot is writing the first paragraph of your story just to get the feel of it. If there is anything else you wish to do during this time, feel free to do so.

DRAFTING: Good on you guys, you’re past the hardest part (though it’s not all smooth sailing

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from here). In drafting, just let it all spill out. But try not to deviate too much because I’m sure you wish to keep your readers on edge and deviating can get boring. Try to throw in great verbs, adjectives, and adverbs so your readers love it (though they will love it anyway because you’re awesome). Don’t be afraid to change from your original plan, and don’t be afraid to add new things like characters and settings. This is your work, so don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild.

REVISING: When revising, don’t be afraid to add in new words or different bits if you think it will make it better or more exciting. Try finding the pros and cons of different things and try and pick which your readers would find fun or interesting (because we’re writing to please your readers.

EDITING: When you are editing, read your story from end to beginning (backwards). You do this, not to read the actual story, but to notice spelling and grammar mistakes in your writing. Then read it a couple of times over to see if you missed anything at all! Also, if you want, get a friend to read it so they can spot stuff you didn’t!

PUBLISHING: This is the easiest part of the writing process. All you have to do is type your narrative onto a computer and print it. You can add in bits and pictures while you are typing. See how easy the whole process is.

And now, you have your narrative. The best things in life are easy, so this must be one of the best. Have fun writing more and more narratives (but try not to become cliché with your stories).

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Tiernys’ Top Ten Books My current favourite books

10: Horrible Histories- Cruel Kings and Mean Queens: This is my favourite horrible histories book because it is all about the history of English Kings and queens (as you probably guessed from the title). Inside, it has a family tree sort of thing of all the kings and queens whom ruled England and whom they were married to. Also, in the book, are all the Kings and queens in order from William the first, to Elizabeth the second, and a couple of pages about them. This awesome book will give you more knowledge of England’s royal, history than a month of 4 hour history lessons (not proven!). The way that Terry Deary weaves his sly jokes around each page is less a craft, more silent, beautiful art form. The way all that knowledge is packed into one book is so amazing.

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9: Skulduggery Pleasant: Stephanie Edgely was a normal girl with an extremely average life. So average that it is almost unreal. With the Sudden and tragic death of her uncle, Gordon, a whole new life opens up before her. A world of wonder and magic. The only problem is … there is a bad guy. There is always a bad guy. Now, Stephanie must work with the mysterious, magic detective, Skulduggery Pleasant, to stop the evil Nefarian Serpine. In this book, there is throwing fire, firing guns, making clothes, and of course, creating havoc. Can the duo stop the evil Serpine in time, or has the world ended (of course it won’t). Oh, and there is one more thing I need to tell you about Skulduggery Pleasant (although you have probably already guessed it)… he is a skeleton. When you read this perfection, your jaw will hit the ground so fast because… this was his FIRST book. 11


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8: Skulduggery Pleasant- Playing with Fire: Skulduggery Pleasant, and his new crime solving partner, Valkyrie Cain (Stephanie Edgely), are faced with a challenge twice the size of the previous. Baron Vengeous has resurrected an evil god in a hope to take over the world, and let the other gods back through a rip in space time, to which they were banished. Vengeous, now armed with the armour of Lord Vile (Evil General and practiser of necromancy (death magic), he will be extremely powerful. Can they defat him and stop the Grotesquery (evil god I was telling you about). Derek Landy has out done himself with this absolute shred of genius. He got the bread knife of fate and sliced a big slice o the sourdough loaf of brilliance, all for himself.

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7: Cherub- The General: Some of the kids from Cherub are sent to America to help train troops who are going to Iraq. But, to the Generals’ surprise, the cherubs have a few tricks up their sleeves. They have one fowl smelling trick, to be precise. Laxatives! See how the soldiers react to all the Cherubs, especially since they don’t know about them. For official purposes, these children do not exist. This blazing book of action is SOOOO Funny that you will act the same as the

soldiers did in it, and lose control of your bowel!!!

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6: Skulduggery Pleasant- The Faceless Ones: Skulduggery and Valkyrie are ďŹ ghting o a serious problem. A fanatical faceless ones (evil gods) worship group have decided to bring them back into our world. Big mistake. Three get through and it is up to Valkyrie to destroy them with the sceptre of the ancients. But can she do it in time? Find out. READ IT!!! With twists and turns of fate and pure excitement, this action packed novel will blow your socks half way to China. 14


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5: Skulduggery Pleasant- Mortal Coil: Valkyrie has found out she is darquesse. She goes to a man called Nye to seal her name but it doesn’t work. Remnants escape from their room at the midnight hotel and start making havoc. One inhibits Valkyrie starts killing people. Skulduggery gets it out of her, but it takes over Tanith L0w. Can they save her before it becomes part of her forever? This is pure excitement in solid 400 page form. A respectable and noteworthy chunk of literature if I ever saw it!!!

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4: Artemis Fowl- and the Eternity Code: Holly Short is needed when Artemis loses his new invention, the C cube, to evil American mass millionaire, Jon Spiro. The L.E.P his called in because the C Cube Contains fairy technology harvested from the L.E.P helmets butler stole. But everything goes wrong when, during the retrieval operation, Artemis is captured. But, L.E.P new this was going to happen and they planned a head. Can they save Artemis and retrieve the C Cube.

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3: Cherub- Brigands M.C: Cherub has been sent to investigate a motorcycle gang in southern England suspected of murder, arson, and gun traďŹƒcking. James gets his dream wish, to own a motorcycle. But, is cherub in deeper than they thought? Will trouble arise in this small urban town? Find out in the high speed, quick action, death defying thrill ride that is

CHERUB Brigands M.C.

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2: Cherub- Maximum Security: Cherub is sent to Arizona maximum security prison to help bust out a fellow inmate so they can use him to get through to his mother, who is a weapon dealing crime lord. Will it work or will the crime lord escape scot free? Read Cherub Maximum Security to ďŹ nd out. An action packed, thrilling, roller-coaster of a ride, crammed with car chases, prison breaks, jailhouse brawls, and shoot outs!!!

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1: Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl II is the son of the infamous crime lord, Artemis Fowl senior. Artemis discovers a world of fairies miles underground. He takes one called Holly Short captive and sends a ransom to her commanding oďŹƒcer back under ground. Will Artemis succeed with his evil scheme? Or will he be stopped? A page turner and master piece of the ďŹ rst degree. Eoin Colfer has outdone all his other novels with his ďŹ rst. An amazing, futuristic, tantalizing, original, gung-ho novel!!!

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: Harry Potter: Harry Potter is… the boy who lived. Harry Potter is an orphan who lives with his mothers’ sister and her family. Being constantly tortured by the Dursleys’ (sisters family), he does not find out a great secret until his eleventh birthday, when a giant of a man called Hagrid, tells Harry he has a place at Hogwarts school of witch craft and wizardry. Harry finds out that an evil sorcerer called Voldemort, killed his parents but Harry stopped him when he was just a baby. In the following books, harry and his new friends, Ron and Hermione go on numerous adventures together. Read and have a cracker of a time!!!

Books in the series*1: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone *2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets *3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban *4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire *5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix *6: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince *7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 22


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: Horrible Histories: Horrible Histories is a series about the ages, from the Stone ages up to the 20th-21st century. The series (unlike many others) is huge, containing over 50 books in total. In my opinion, it is a great series and I would strongly recommend it!

Books in the series (not complete list)*Angry Aztecs *Awesome Egyptians *Awful Egyptians *Barmy British Empire *Blitzed Brits *Cut Throat Celts *Frightful First World War *Gorgeous Georgians *Groovy Greeks *Incredible Incas *Measly Middle Ages *Rotten Romans *Ruthless Romans

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: Skulduggery Pleasant: Stephanie Edgly was a normal girl. Until she met him. Skulduggery Pleasant is a crime solving, magic detective. That’s right, magic. Together, he teaches Stephanie Magic, and they go off fighting demons, monsters, vampires and all that time she has to keep appearances up in her normal life. Oh, and Skulduggery … is a skeleton.

Books in the series*1: Skulduggery Pleasant *2: Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire *3: Skulduggery Pleasant; The Faceless Ones *4: Skulduggery Pleasant; Dark Days *5: Skulduggery Pleasant; Mortal Coil *6: Skulduggery Pleasant; Death Bringer

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: Cherub: James Choke was a normal boy. That’s until his mother died. With his father having run off years earlier, James was sent to an Orphanage. 2 weeks later, he wakes up in a place called Cherub Campus. He discovers that Cherub is an organisation that uses orphans kids as spies to go on undercover missions. Who would suspect kids? James, and his little sister, Lauren, change their last names to Adams, and become Cherub Agents.

For official purpose, these children do not exist. Books in the series*1: Cherub; The Recruit *2: Cherub; Class A *3: Cherub; Maximum Security *4: Cherub; The Killing *5: Cherub; Devine Madness *6: Cherub; Man VS Beast *7: Cherub; The Fall *8: Cherub; Mad Dogs *9; Cherub; Sleepwalker *10: Cherub; The General *11: Cherub; Brigands M.C *12: Cherub; Shadow Wave

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: Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl the second is the heir to a huge crime legacy, built up by his father -who is missing- and given to Artemis while he is gone. While he is siphoning money from people’s banks, a different world is going on below his (and every one else’s feet). A world of fairies. Fairies that can use magic. And Holly Short, a member of the L.E.P (Lower Elements Police), is captured and Kidnapped by Artemis. They escape and dodge all the L.E.P can throw at them, but will they get their ransom demand of gold?

Books in the series*1: Artemis Fowl *2: Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident *3: Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code *4: Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception *5: Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony

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n class, 6B did a survey of things related to our magazine topic. I did mine on ‘Who is 6BS’ favourite author?’ Then we translated the results into a fraction, decimal, percentage, and finally, a degree in a pie graph. How we did this was we got our results and pick one, say you pick 6 people liked yellow. Then you count the total of all your results and ad them together (lets say the total is 25). You then turn the total number into a denominator, and the result for yellow (6) into the numerator. There you go. You just turned it into a fraction! Now what you do is you take the numerator and you divide it by the denominator (in know it sounds crazy but do it and don’t divide the denominator by the numerator, because you will get the wrong answer!). The answer to our fake one is 0.24, and we are ready to go with our new decimal. Then times your decimal buy one hundred and you have a percentage. Then you divide your percentage one hundred so it is back into a decimal, but this time you times it by 360 because of the 360 degrees in a circle. And there you have it. Now all you have to do is complete the others.

Author

Number

Andy

fraction

decimal

percentage

degrees

2

2/25

0.08

8%

28.8

Eoin (Owen)

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1/25

0.04

4%

14.4

Derek Landy

1

1/25

0.04

4%

14.4

Paul

6

6/25

0.24

24%

86.4

Other

15

15/25

0.6

60%

216

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25

25/25

1.0

100%

360

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