English author and illustrator Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866. As a child, she and her brother collected bugs, toadstools, dead birds and snakeskins, which they spent many hours observing and drawing. Although best known for her charming and intentionally small volumes of animal stories ("little books for little hands") like The Tale of Peter Rabbit, she was also a successful farmer, sheep breeder and conservationist. She married at the age of 47, and as Mrs. William Heelis found herself happy and contented, spending her remaining 30 years, not resenting older age, but finding it "rather pleasing to be so much wiser than quantities of young idiots". To learn more about this interesting lady, take a look at The Tale of Beatrix Potter or one of the other biographies available at the Milwaukee Public Library. Prefer popcorn with your Potter? Check out the slightly fictionalized film Miss Potter.