Nothing Is Impossible Critical Context - Essay

Dorothy Aldis

Critical Context

(Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction)

Aldis states in her introduction: “It seems to me now that I was born wanting to write this book.” Like many children, she had the Beatrix Potter books read to her; later, she read and reread them herself. The characters in those books were simply a part of her growing up, as they were and have continued to be for so many people. She states that on her trips to England she visited the museums, libraries, streets, and areas of London that were part of Potter’s life. She also visited the country where the Potters summered and through this and bits of other research she began to know the world of Beatrix Potter. Then when Margaret Lane’s The Tale of Beatrix Potter was published in 1946 and The Art of Beatrix Potter in 1955, Aldis, the author of many books for young readers, revived her own interest in the subject.

Nothing Is Impossible was a Junior Literary Guild selection and is written so that young readers, who are not so very far removed from their own experience with Peter Rabbit and friends, can advance to biography and learn the personal story of a writer who has touched so many people with her characters and universal themes. Aldis’ book does not have a scholarly tone, but it is good biography that, although no notes are used, obviously is based on standard sources. Potter’s influence is undeniable, and Aldis makes her life story readily accessible to young readers.