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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
The Lost Possum

Mr. and Mrs. Possum lived in a tall tree with their children Polly, Paula and Percy. They were a happy family and did a lot of fun things together. Each night they slept hanging by their tails. That's the way possums do things. Mr. and Mrs. Possum slept in the highest branches and their three children slept on the lower ones.

One morning after Mr. and Mrs. Possum woke up they couldn't find Percy, the baby. Paula and Polly were still asleep, hanging on a branch.

“Where's Percy?” Mrs. Possum woke Polly and Paula up. “Have you girls seen Percy this morning?”

“No, Mama,” said Polly.

“No, Mama,” yawned Paula.

They climbed down from the tree and went in search of little Percy. He wasn't in the woods. He wasn't down by the lake. The possums were about to give up when Polly saw something. “Mama, what's that?”

Mrs. Possum looked at the beehive hanging from a branch of a birch tree. Inside and covered with honey sat Percy. He was busy scooping handfuls of honey into his mouth. Bees swarmed around him, buzzing in anger.

“Percy! You come down from there right now!” Mr. Possum called to his son.

Percy climbed down the tree. His paws were stick and his fur was a mess. Mr. Possum took Percy to the lake and made him wash off all the honey. Percy shivered and cried. “I want to go home.”

From then on Mr. and Mrs. Possum made Percy sleep in the high branches with them.

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