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the tale of mrs moppet.

by beatrix potter.
Age Rating 4 to 6.

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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. 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 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 Mouse thinks she is looking very ill. He comes sliding down the bell-pull. MISS MOPPET looks worse and worse. The Mouse comes a little nearer. MISS MOPPET holds her poor head in her paws, and looks at him through a hole in the duster. The Mouse comes VERY close. AND then all of a sudden--Miss Moppet jumps upon the Mouse! 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 it about like a ball. BUT she forgot about that hole in the duster; and when she untied it--there was no Mouse! HE has wriggled out and run away; and he is dancing a jig on the top of the cupboard! THE END

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