By Margaret Mahy
A set of creative and funny tales offers with an uncle who loves to discuss his adventures, a trip from Aunt Nasty, the family members witch, a lady who doesn't have a kite to fly on Kite Saturday, and different events
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Well, can't I 47 " " " you might teach it to perch," said Mother, "but would you remember to give it fresh water? Would you clean out its cage and "Yes, make sure it had plenty of seed every day? 1 don't thinkyou would. " Johnny cried quickly, his eyes blue and startled in his freckled face. "I'd help in the garden too. " "Yes, I Mother laughed. " she said at last. "Today, Cathie's Play Center group finishes for the holidays. The mothers have to take the pets home and feed and look after them until the Play Center begins again.
He looked around at his mother and father, then back to Mr. Horatio Mills. "And it seems funny to think 1 was sad about missing the school treasure hunt today and then found another treasure here, all through having chicken pox! Golly, Mr. " Mr. Horatio Mills smiled. "1 don't expect will. I've already had "it was it. " said Mr. ^- 33 '^-'-' Mrs. Bartelmy's Pet High on a hill in her pointed house lived fierce little Mrs. Bartelmy, who had once been a pirate queen. She lived there on her own with her gold earrings and wooden leg, and a box of treasure buried in her garden under the sunflowers.
Johnny was trying to keep his clean first-morning-of-school clothes tidy and give Nippy fresh seed. Nippy ran backward and forward on his perch. His feet were wrinkled and gray, with two claws curling forward and two toes curling back. Once, Mr. Cooney Johnny put his hand into the Cooney budgie's cage, and a blue Cooney budgie had settled on his finger. Its feet, which looked had let 49 horny and cold, were smooth and warm. It had shuffled and bobbed and winked at Johnny. Suddenly he wanted, very much, to feel those smooth warm feet again.
A Tall Story and Other Tales by Margaret Mahy