The Tale of Two Bad Mice

by Beatrix Potter

Hardcover, 1992

Status

Available

Call number

823.912

Collection

Publication

Frederick Warne (1992), 58 pages

Description

While the dolls are away, two curious, naughty mice explore the dolls' house and steal their furniture.

User reviews

LibraryThing member lquilter
A beautiful example of Potter's sly wit. My father-in-law couldn't stop laughing when he read this to my 3yo, and I laughed aloud too in a couple of places. It was pretty funny to read that "there was no end to the rage and disappointment" of the mice, who went off on a destructive tear. Their
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antics were pretty funny as were the commentaries of the human beings who saw the evidence and wanted a policeman doll, or, more wisely, a mousetrap.
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Two dolls live in a lovely doll house, but when they are away, two mice break and steal half the things! The nurse sets a mouse trap as a punishment of their naughtiness. They make up for it a little bit by giving the dolls money and cleaning their house every day.
LibraryThing member paroof
One of my personal all-time FAVORITE books. How could you not love a couple of pilaging mice who throw temper tantrums and then feel bad and try to make up for their naughty ways.
LibraryThing member dreamingtereza
Who can resist the delightful mischief of Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca?
LibraryThing member alexdaw
Absolutely without a doubt a fabulous story - favourite phrases are:

"at least it belonged to Lucinda, but she never ordered meals." Right...and that makes a lot of sense to someone I'm sure and...

"They would not come off the plates, but they were extremely beautiful." A dieter's dream!

"-all so
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convenient!"

"Then Tom Thumb lost his temper." - said with great emphasis.....

followed swiftly by...

"Then there was no end to the rage and disappointment....." sounds like my house....

and to top it all off....

"Jane leant against the kitchen dresser and smiled...." as all dolls do....
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LibraryThing member annashapiro
In this story, two very naughty mice named Hunca Munca & Tom Thumb steal just about everything they can get their paws on, from a dollhouse owned by two dolls, Lucinda & Jane. The mice originally go into the dollhouse and try to eat the ham and fish and other food, but realizing that it's all made
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of plaster, Tom Thumb has a tantrum and breaks everything! Then they go on to steal furniture: the cradle, the bird cage, pots, pans & clothing. Good Grief!
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LibraryThing member maeganpollard
This little bitty book is about two mice that break into a dollhouse. They try to eat the food that is on the table but realize it's plastic. This makes the mice mad so they start tearing up the dollhouse and taking things out of the dollhouse to their own little home. When they figure out that
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they are going to get in trouble for the things they have done; Mr.mouse agrees to pay for all the damage he caused, and Mrs. mouse goes to clean the doolhouse every morning before any of the dolls wake up because they felt guilty for what they did.

I like this book because it might teach the children not to do something if they know in the end it's going to make them feel bad about doing it. I also think the book being so little will let the children have a personal feel like the book is all their own.

In the classroom, we could ask everyone what they have done bad and feel bad about and maybe come up with a solution to fix it. We could also make a list of things that make us feel guilty and why. We could then talk about more positive things to do that will make us happy we did them.
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LibraryThing member benuathanasia
Kinda cute/kinda boring. I liked the illustrations.
LibraryThing member barquist
This story is rather hilarious, although it is a about two greedy and destructive mice the premise gave me a good chuckle. This book is good for teachers wanting to talk about taking responsibility for other peoples belongings, in particular when they have been ruined.
LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
Oh no, does Beatrix Potter actually suck? This is too treacly for words.
LibraryThing member MrsLee
This is a simplified story, originally published in a larger format for little children. Having a love of fictional mice, and dollhouses, this is an especial favorite story of mine. The mice have tempers, and are certainly naughty, but nice, too. As always, the illustrations tell half the story, or
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more, and the words compliment them.
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LibraryThing member m_k_m
Lacking in substance (even for Potter) and the moment that mousetrap appeared and I think we were all hoping for a more Roald Dahl-ish ending but that's all made up for when you realise it's basically an episode of The Twilight Zone for kids. (And the illustrations are as beautiful as ever of
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course)
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LibraryThing member adaq
A beautiful example of Potter's sly wit. My father-in-law couldn't stop laughing when he read this to my 3yo, and I laughed aloud too in a couple of places. It was pretty funny to read that "there was no end to the rage and disappointment" of the mice, who went off on a destructive tear. Their
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antics were pretty funny as were the commentaries of the human beings who saw the evidence and wanted a policeman doll, or, more wisely, a mousetrap.
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Language

Original publication date

1904

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