time was when foxes were supposed to work hard, gathering food for
winter. When the snow came all the animals hid and there was nothing for
the foxes to eat. Jerry Fox didn't want to work and gather food. He
loved summer. There was nothing he'd rather do than lie under the shade
of a giant sunflower and listen to the birds chirp and the animals
you'd better get to work. Summer is almost done and you've not got any
food stored up for winter. You'll be sorry,” said Kevin Fox.
ignored the other fox and closed his eyes, listening to the sound of the
river flowing past.
later Lori Fox ran past. “Jerry, have you gathered all your food for
winter already? I haven't. You're lucky.”
yawned. “I decided not to gather food for the winter. I'm having much
too much fun lying in the sun.”
Jerry, soon the snow will come and there won't be any food. You'll be
sorry.” Lori ran off to find more food.
other foxes ran past and all of them warned Jerry, but he didn't care.
He was enjoying the sunshine.
dark gray clouds gathered overheard. Drops of rain fell on the sunflower
and dripped on Jerry's fur. “What's this? Rain already?”
went to find a place to stay dry. All the other foxes were gathered
inside a big, hollow oak tree trunk. “You can't come in here, Jerry,”
said Kevin. “We've all done our work and gathered food. You didn't feel
like it, so now you can go find somewhere else to stay.” Kevin pushed
Jerry out of the tree trunk onto the ground.
ran from tree to tree. They were all full of animals. He tried the
caves, but the bears chased him away. “What am I going to do? It's cold
and I am wet and hungry.”
bird flew down from the tops of the trees. “Jerry, you can fly south for
the winter with us.”
fox. I can't fly,” Jerry cried.
carry you,” the bird said.
Jerry flew south for the winter with the birds. In fact when spring came
and they all headed north, Jerry decided to stay in the south, where it
was always warm and where he never ever had to worry about rain or