Saturday, February 15, 2014

Beatrix Potter + Benjamin Rabier in the #publicdomain #storybook

Dozens of new artists entered into the public domain this year. Check the list of 2014 public domain artists at wikipedia, and the Public Domain Day website to see more.

The work of Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943) is not under copyright this year (in most cases). You can see my (brief) reviews of the best Beatrix Potter titles available on, all with high-quality graphics. eBooks can be downloaded to your tablet computer to read with the kids at night.
• The tale of Tom Kitten is a pop-up book, but the graphics are excellent
• Tom Kitten (Short version) "Beatrix Potter Board Book series (1996)"
• The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse - Insects
• The tale of Benjamin Bunny
• The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan (HTML only)
• Cecily Parsley's nursery rhymes [Personal Favorite]

The next generation: Flopsy Bunnies. Charming, and brutal. Mr. McGregor want to chop off their heads!

Cecily Parsley's nursery rhymes

The tale of Benjamin Bunny
It only took me a while to figure out that "Histoire de Pierre Lapin" was not a book about a historical figure by the author, but Lapin is the French word for Rabbit (doh).

These drawings by French artist Benjamin Rabier are also in the public domain.  I fell in love with the images and added alphabet letters to make these items on Zazzle. Rabier released an alphabet book of animals, and several other publications over his lifetime. 
File:Lentulov St Basil.jpg
Saint Basil's Cathedral, 1913
Aristarkh Lentulov > Wikipedia biography

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