Who Was Beatrix Potter? by Sarah Labiny and illustrated by Mike Lacey. Grosset & Dunlap, 2015. 112 pages.
Who Was Beatrix Potter?, while similar in format to the many other titles in this popular chapter book series, is more well written than the others I’ve read in the series (and has better illustrations!). A clear progression takes young readers from Potter’s early life through to the very end and beyond, describing the legacy Potter left both through her books and the land she bequeathed to the British National Trust.
Illustrations sprinkle the chapters and occasional sidebars fill in historical information for readers. The book doesn’t hide the discrimination Potter faced as a woman who wanted to be a scientist, own property, and do her own thing during the Victorian period. But it presents a well rounded view of the famous authoress, celebrating her many interesting accomplishments as well as her charming marriage to William Heelis later in life.
Recommended as independent reading for 2nd-5th grades. This would make a great author study, a biography of an independent woman, or simply an interesting read about life in the Victorian time period.