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The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
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Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
Author Beatrix Potter
Illustrator Beatrix Potter
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Frederick Warne & Co
Published in English
Media type Print (Hardback)
Preceded by The Tale of Two Bad Mice 
Followed by The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher 

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. It was first published in 1905.

Plot synopsis

Beatrix Potter, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Clothes horse
Mrs. Tiggy-winkle with Jenny Wren's wine-stained table cloth

A little girl called Lucie loses her handkerchiefs and a pinny and goes on a search for them. She sees some white cloths on the grass high up a hill and climbs up to discover a strange little washerwoman, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, with her handkerchiefs freshly laundered, along with many other interesting articles such as stockings for a hen. Among the other oddities of the washwoman, she is wearing a excessive number of hair pin, as sticking wrong end out. Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Lucie deliver laundry to the locals and eventually Lucie is left with her missing handkerchiefs and pinny. As she tries to thank Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, all she sees is a hedgehog running down the path, leading Lucie to wonder if Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle was just a hedgehog.


An animated adaptation of the story, shown alongside The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, was featured on The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends in 1993. The voice of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle was provided by Prunella Scales.

Other appearances

A British wildlife hospital, Tiggywinkles, is named in honour of this story's titular character. It specializes in the care of injured hedgehogs. It is located in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire.

In the 2018 film Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is voiced by Australian singer-songwriter Sia doing a Scottish accent.

A 360-degree view from the summit of Catbells. Catbells is Mrs. Tiggy-winkle's address in the tale. The view north of the summit (middle of the image) takes in Keswick on the edge of Derwentwater. Potter was summering at Lingholm near Keswick during the development of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

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