Mac and Jan's favorite food was
donuts. They didn't care if they were chocolate covered, sprinkled with
colored sprinkles, or dripping with sugary icing. They'd eat any kind of
donut, even plain ones. Mac would even eat donuts that were two days
They loved to drink lemonade with
their donuts. The more sour it was, the more they drank. Sometimes they
drank so much that they were grumpy all day long because they were so
full of sour lemons.
One day a fairy walked past. Jan
and Mac were sitting on the front porch. The fairy ran over to Jan. "Can
I have a bite of your donut?"
Jan pulled her arm away and held
the donut close to her. "No. It's my donut."
"Can I have a drink of your
lemonade?" The fairy pleaded for a sip.
"No! It's my lemonade. You can't
have any." Jan scowled and drank all of the lemonade.
The fairy moved closer to Mac.
"Can I have a drink of your lemonade?"
Mac looked over at Jan. Jan shook
her head no. Mac turned to the fairy. "No. It's my donut. You can't have
a bite and you can't have any of my lemonade."
The fairy frowned. She lowered her
head and flew away, landing on the branch of a maple tree. "Those
children are greedy. They eat too much sugar and drink too much
lemonade. It's no wonder they're so sour." She watched from above as Jan
and Mac shoved donuts in their mouths, making a mess all over their
hands and their clothes. "I think I should teach them a lesson. I will
turn them into a donut for one day." She raised her wand and flicked it
back and forth. Poof! Jan and Mac turned into a donut.
The fairy flew down to them. She
laughed and turned the huge donut onto its side. Jan and Mac's eyes and
mouths bumped and bashed as the fairy rolled the donut down the street.
All day long she taunted them. "You should have given me a bite of your
donut. You're very greedy children. Maybe the next time someone asks,
The next day Jan and Mac turned
back into children. Their mama gave them a bag of donuts. They sat
outside on the porch and ate one. "I don't feel like eating donuts any
more," Mac said.
From that day on they never ate
another donut, or drank another glass of lemonade. Instead they ate
carrots and celery sticks, or cheese and drank milk or water and they
always shared whenever anyone asked for a bite.