Little Miss Muffet
Nursery Rhyme from Mother Goose

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Clockwise from top left: Denslow's Mother Goose (W.W. Denslow, illustrator); The National Nursery Book (unknown); Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories (unknown)

Little Miss Muffet nursery rhyme

First appearance in print: 1805

Legend: Some think the poem refers to Mary, Queen of Scots.


  • tuffet, a footstool or low seat
  • curds and whey, think cottage cheese!

Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating of curds and whey;
There came a big spider,
And sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Little Miss Muffet appears in Blanche Fisher Wright's classic The Real Mother Goose collection.

Miss Muffet's Christmas Party

In 1902, Samuel McChord Crothers published a full length story about the girl in the rhyme...after she'd grown up a bit and got used to spiders!

On this Christmas Eve her spider friend suggests a party, and not just any party - Mr. Spider suggests inviting all the "friends" Miss Muffet has met in books.

Tom Sawyer, Alice in Wonderland (and friends) and much more!

So it's a delightfully literary endeavor. I'll share some of it with you here, then provide you a link where you can finish your reading!

Waiting for guests! From Miss Muffet's Christmas Party, by Samuel McChord Crothers. Illustrations by Olive M.Long

Miss Muffet's Christmas Party

'Twas the night before Christmas, and it was very quiet in Mrs. Muffet's house,—altogether too quiet, thought little Miss Muffet, as she sat trying to eat her curds and whey. For Mrs. Muffet was a very severe mother and had her own ideas about bringing up children,—and so had Mr. Muffet, or rather he had the same ideas, only warmed over.

One of these was on the necessity of care in the diet of growing children. "First," said Mrs. Muffet, "we must find out what the children don't like, and then we must make them eat plenty of it; next to breaking their wills, there is nothing so necessary as breaking their appetites." Mrs. Muffet had read this in a book, and so she knew it must be true; and Mr. Muffet had heard Mrs. Muffet say it so many times that he knew it was true....

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