1) When she was a child, Beatrix had almost no contact with children. She spent most of her time in the company of her governess and her many pets.
2) Her uncle encouraged her artistic bent by taking her outside to draw nature, but she never had any formal training. Talk about a natural.
3) "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" was actually based on her real pet rabbit, Peter, and was originally a letter she illustrated to send to a friend. She was often seen walking Peter on a leash through London.4) All 23 of Miss Potter's books were published in miniature so that children would have an easier time reading them.
5) Beatrix and her publisher, Mr. Norman Warne, fell in love over the course of their working relationship. Mr. Warne proposed via letter because Beatrix's parents forbade them from seeing each other. She accepted and was allowed to wear his ring as long as she didn't speak of the engagement to anyone (her parents were such LOVE KILLERS), but Norman became ill with a rare form of leukemia and died before they could be married.
6) Norman actually built Miss Potter a dollhouse and other miniatures so that she could properly illustrate her animal's adventures.
7) Some of her animal characters were actually based on a combination of people she knew and her pets. (I don't know whether I would've been insulted or excited!)
8) When she was 47, Beatrix married Mr. William Heelis, a country solicitor, and they lived the rest of their lives happily on her vast estate in the Lake District of England.
9) When Beatrix passed away, her secret journal was found, but the entire thing was written in code! It took 15 years to decipher her complicated writings.
10) Upon her death, Beatrix's entire estate: 14 farms and 4,000 acres, was bequeathed to the National Trust. It is largely due to her extraordinary efforts to preserve her beloved Lake District that it remains largely uncommercial today.