The Story of Miss Moppet, Beatrix Potter
The Story of Miss Moppet
Beatrix Potter
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The Story of Miss Moppet is a tale about teasing, featuring a kitten and a mouse, that was written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. It was published by Frederick Warne & Co for the 1906 Christmas season. Potter was born in London in 1866, and between 1902 and 1905 published a series of small format children’s books with Warne. In 1906, she experimented with an atypical panorama design for Miss Moppet, which booksellers disliked; the story was reprinted in 1916 in small book format. Miss Moppet, the story’s eponymous main character, is a kitten teased by a mouse. While pursuing him she bumps her head on a cupboard. She then wraps a duster about her head, and sits before the fire “looking very ill”. The curious mouse creeps closer, is captured, “and because the Mouse has teased Miss Moppet—Miss Moppet thinks she will tease the Mouse; which is not at all nice of Miss Moppet”. She ties him up in the duster and tosses him about. However, the mouse makes his escape, and once safely out of reach, dances a jig atop the cupboard.

The Story Of
Miss Moppet

by
Beatrix Potter


The Story of Miss Moppet


The Story of Miss Moppet

This is a Pussy called Miss Moppet, she thinks she has heard a mouse! This is the Mouse peeping out behind the cupboard, and making fun of Miss Moppet. He is not afraid of a kitten.

The Story of Miss Moppet

The Story of Miss Moppet

This is Miss Moppet jumping just too late; she misses the Mouse and hits her own head. She thinks it is a very hard cupboard!

The Story of Miss Moppet

The Story of Miss Moppet

The Mouse watches Miss Moppet from the top of the cupboard. Miss Moppet ties up her head in a duster, and sits before the fire.

The Story of Miss Moppet

The Mouse thinks she is looking very ill. He comes sliding down the bell-pull.

The Story of Miss Moppet

The Story of Miss Moppet

Miss Moppet looks worse and worse. The Mouse comes a little nearer.

The Story of Miss Moppet

Miss Moppet holds her poor head in her paws, and looks at him through a hole in the duster. The Mouse comes very close.

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