The Story of Miss Moppet

Illustration of cat and leaves by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet
A sweet tale of a cheeky kitten and a naughty mouse!
The Story of Miss Moppet

 
 
This is a Pussy called Miss Moppet, she thinks she has heard a mouse! 

Illustration of cat by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss MoppetThis is the Mouse peeping out behind the cupboard, and making fun of Miss Moppet. He is not afraid of a kitten. 

Illustration of mouse by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 
This is Miss Moppet jumping just too late; she misses the Mouse and hits her own head. 

Illustration of cat running by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 

She thinks it is a very hard cupboard! 

Illustration of cat touching paw to nose by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 
The Mouse watches Miss Moppet from the top of the cupboard. 

Illustration of sniffing mouse by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 

Miss Moppet ties up her head in a duster, and sits before the fire. 

Illustration of cat with blue scarf on head by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 

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

Illustration of mouse climbing down by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 
Miss Moppet looks worse and worse. The Mouse comes a little nearer. 

Illustration of mouse sneaking on cat by Beatrix Potter for children's story 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. 

Illustration of mouse and cat with scarf on head by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 

And then all of a sudden—Miss Moppet jumps upon the Mouse! 

Illustration of kitten catching mouse by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 
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. 

Illustration of kitten wrapping mouse in blue scarf by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 

She ties him up in the duster, and tosses it about like a ball. 

Illustration of kitten playing with mouse in ball by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 

But she forgot about that hole in the duster; and when she untied it—there was no Mouse! 

Illustration of surprised kitten by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 

He has wriggled out and run away; and he is dancing a jig on the top of the cupboard! 

Illustration of dancing mouse by Beatrix Potter for children's story Miss Moppet 

Short story for children by Beatrix Potter

 
Original vintage illustrations by Beatrix Potter 

Header illustration adapted from original illustration by Beatrix Potter 

Let’s Chat About The Stories ~ Ideas for Talking With Kids

 
Empathy 

1. Why do you think the mouse came close to the kitten when he thought she was sick? 

2. If you were a mouse, would you have tried to help the kitten feel better? Why or why not? 

 

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