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)