"I donít want you lads to get your
new clothes dirty," Mum said.
"Aw, Mum, why do we have to dress up
in these clothes. Weíre bunnies, not people," Gilbert complained.
"Mum, I hate wearing clothes too,"
wee Alex added.
"Me too," Johnny chimed in.
"Now lads, you know that you have to
look like proper gentlemen today. Auntie Peggy is coming and she made
those clothes for you. Sheíll feel very sad if youíre not wearing them.
Run off and play for a while, but donít get your clothes dirty," Mum said.
The bunnies hopped off towards Mr. Jockís carrot patch. "Donít get dirty!"
The three bunnies hopped quickly. "I
am starving. I want a big carrot," Gilbert said.
"We have to be careful, Gilbert. You
heard what Mum said. We canít get dirty," Alex reminded.
"We wonít get dirty. All weíre going
to do is dig up a few carrots. Come on, letís pull a few up," Gilbert said
to his brothers. He used his paws to dig the dirt away from the first
carrot. "Wow! This is a big one. Help me pull it out." Johnny and Alex
grabbed part of the carrot and together they pulled. The carrot slipped
out of the ground. "This oneís for you, Alex. Hold it tightly," Gilbert
said, handing the carrot to his wee brother. "Johnny, help me pull this
one out." The two bunnies tugged at it until it came out of the ground.
"Great! This big carrot is yours, Johnny," Gilbert said, handing it to
him. "Hold it tightly. Donít drop it." Gilbert pulled and tugged and
pulled and tugged and finally got the biggest carrot out of the ground. He
wobbled over to the others, barely able to carry the huge carrot. "Letís
The three bunnies munched and
crunched their carrots until all that was left was the green top. "Yikes!"
Alex shouted. "Look at our clothes!"
"Mine is covered with carrot juice
and stained with dirt," Johnny cried.
"Iíve got dirt and leaves and carrot
chunks all over mine," Gilbert sighed. "Mumís going to be really angry
"Look at me!" Alex said. He was the
messiest of them all. "These stains will never come out. What should we
Gilbert had an idea. "Letís go to
the stream and wash our clothes. Weíve got time before Auntie Peggy
"Great idea!" Johnny agreed. The
three bunnies ran down to the stream. They took off their brand new
clothes and washed them in the water. Soon there were no more stains left
on any of them.
"How will they get dry?" Alex asked.
"Well, weíll have to lie in the sun
for a while," Gilbert suggested.
The bunnies put on their wet clothes
and lay in the sun. What they didnít realize is that their clothes werenít
supposed to get wet. They shrunk! "Gilbert! Johnny! Alex! Auntie Peggyís
here and she canít wait to see you in your clothes," Mum called.
"Gilbert, my shirt is too tight. It
hurts," Alex whined.
"Mineís a bit tight on me too,"
Johnny said. "The pants are squishing my tail."
"Johnny? Gilbert? Alex? Where are
you?" Mum called.
"Letís hope Mum and Auntie Peggy
doesnít notice," Gilbert said. The three bunnies hopped back to their mum.
"What in the world?" Auntie Peggy
gasped. "Iím so sorry. I made the lads clothes too small for them. Look
how tight they are. Oh, you poor lads. Let Auntie Peggy take them back
home and fix them up for you." The bunnies took off their clothes and
handed them back to Auntie Peggy. "Iíll bring you new ones that fit in a
few days. Oh dear, Iím so upset. I must go home right now and fix up these
clothes." She hopped away.
Gilbert looked at Johnny and smiled.
Johnny looked at Alex and smiled. Just when they thought theyíd gotten
away with it, Mum said to Alex, "Well, young man, would you like to tell
me why suddenly the clothes shrunk, or did you grow two inches in a matter
Alex started to cry. "It was
Gilbertís idea. He took us to the carrot patch and made me hold the carrot
and it got dirt all over my clothes, and juice and leaves. Iím sorry, Mum.
We went to the stream and tried to wash them out and then lay in the sun
until they were dry. They shrunk." Alex sobbed and sobbed and sobbed.
Mum looked at Gilbert and Johnny,
who were now in trouble. "Well, lads? What do you have to say for
Gilbert and Johnny didnít say a
word. Their mum made them stay in the rabbit burrow for three days. When
Auntie Peggy came back, she had finished their clothes. She waited while
they tried them on. "Perfect," she said. "You look like little gentlemen."
Gilbert frowned. Johnny frowned.
Alex frowned. Auntie Peggy smiled and so did Mum. She knew the lads
wouldnít be happy, but they did look like little gentlemen.