Beatrix Potter is best known for her children’s stories featuring wonderfully rendered anthropomorphic animals, but coinciding with her 150 birthday as well as Linda Lear’s reissue of her now classic biography, Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, there has been quite a bit of recent coverage of her life and work. After hearing a fascinating NPR interview on Science Friday with Ms. Lear about her book, I was interested to see more of her other works–notably, her drawings of nature, animals and fungi.  I grew up with the stories of Beatrix Potter and they always remind me of grandmother, in particular The Tailor of Gloucester which was her favorite, which I learned that later in her life Beatrix claimed was her favorite of her “little books” as well. Her financial success came from her children’s books, most famously The Tale of…