"Hunca Munca™" - this whimsical mouse character made her appearance in the book "The Tale of Two Bad Mice" first published in 1904. The Tale of Two Bad Mice is a charming story about two mice named "Hunca Munca" and "Tom Thumb." Together they explore a doll's house and cause much mischief there. At the conclusion of the tale, the naughty mice repent and Hunca Munca vows to sweep the doll's house every morning with her dustpan and broom.
The Tale of Two Bad Mice was the fifth of Beatrix Potter's little books and like the previous four was an immediate success. It was written at a particularly happy time of life for Beatrix Potter. She and her editor, Norman Warne, were becoming firm friends and he fashioned a new cage for Beatrix's pet mice, Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca, so she could more easily draw them for her new book. He had also made a doll house for his favorite niece, Winifred, and Beatrix was invited to visit and sketch this too. Some of the actual doll house furniture shown in the illustrations can still be seen on display at Hill Top, her first Lakeland home. Beatrix dedicated the book to Winifred, the little girl who had the doll's house.
Measuring a diminutive 3" tall, Hunca Munca™ is made of the finest mohair plush and is jointed at the neck and shoulders. She features realistic coloring, brown glass pupil eyes, whiskers, resin hands and feet, and a leather tail. She is outfitted in a lavender cotton dress with back bustle and white cuffs. The dress is tailored out of custom printed floral fabric based exactly on the Beatrix Potter illustrations. Over her dress she wears a crisp cotton batiste apron. Just as in the original illustrations, Hunca Munca holds tiny custom made accessories: a miniature broom made of wood with natural bristles; and copper dust-pan with painted wood handle. No detail has been overlooked in bringing this beloved Beatrix Potter™ character vividly to life!
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