"Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were - Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, And Peter. They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir-tree."
The above is the introduction to one of the best-loved children's stories of all time -The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. On September 4th, 1893, Miss Potter sat down to write a letter to Noel Moore, the five-year-old son of her ex-governess, all about a naughty rabbit called Peter. Noel was ill in bed and so Miss Potter wrote to him: "My dear Noel, I don't know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits..." The letter was wonderfully illustrated with tiny and exquisite pictures.