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Beatrix Potter story discovered

Episode 160126 / 26 Jan 2016

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 26th January 2016. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

a) British author Beatrix Potter has written a new children's book.

b) A children's book, written by Beatrix Potter a hundred years ago, has been found.

c) A Peter Rabbit book, written by Beatrix Potter a hundred years ago, has been found.


Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are three definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

published
made officially available for everyone to read, for example in a book, newspaper or website

double life
separate life that other people don't know about 

archive
collection of historical documents, books or objects

Step 3: Transcript and answer

A lost story by one of Britain's best loved children's authors, Beatrix Potter, is to be published for the first time – more than a hundred years after it was written.

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, a black cat that leads a double life, was discovered in an exercise book in the writer's archive at the Victoria and Albert museum in London.

Written in 1914, it includes some of her best-loved animal characters – Peter Rabbit and the hedgehog, Mrs.Tiggy-winkle.

Answer

b) A children's book, written by Beatrix Potter a hundred years ago, has been found.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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