When Beatrix was five years old, her brother, (Walter) Bertram, was born. Her nurse then left Beatrix to be Bertram's nurse. Because she now was alone in the nursery for much of the time, things were rather dull. Instead of moping and lazing away the days, Beatrix asked one of the family servants, a Mr. Cox, if he would get her a mouse and a box in which to keep it. He obligingly complied, and brought her a mouse and a box that was painted to look like a house. Beatrix named this first pet Hunca Munca, and later Hunca Munca got a husband - Appley Dappley.
Soon after this, a governess was hired for Beatrix. Her name was Miss Hammond, and she encouraged Beatrix's interest in art, especially drawing animals and plants from life. Beatrix showed an active imagination in that many of her drawings featured animals dressed in clothes
( on the playlist..Town mouse and Country mouse)


Gillian L. said...

I have a lovely video about Hunca Munca that I really enjoyed watching with my sons when they were younger. I also have a biography on Beatrix Potter I received as a gift which I hope to be able to find the time to read soon. She was such a fascinating person...I really admire her determination to stick with her heart's desire which went against the expectations of women or her era. She was a unique individual with such a great talent for creating entertaining characters and stories. Thanks for sharing such interesting information about her!


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

How I loved Hunca Munca! Perfect music companion to her delightful portrait!

Tea Time With Melody said...

Very interesting. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment in my "blessings" your young friend is in my prayers. Have a good day.