morning, Farmer Albert went to the barn to milk his favorite cow, Jenny.
Much to his delight, Jenny filled a bucket to the brim with creamy white
milk. Farmer Albert took it back to the house for his family. He then
went to gather the eggs from the chicken coop. Farmer Albert loved fresh
eggs and so did his wife, Anna. She made omelets with onions, ham and
cheese and Farmer Albert devoured them hungrily.
finished gathering eggs, he grabbed a bale of hay and went to feed his
bull, Willie. Willie stayed in a field of tall grass and nibbled all
day, but when Farmer Albert brought him hay, he'd buck and ran around,
happy as could be. This day Farmer Albert found Willie sitting in the
grass. He wasn't happy at all. He didn't run around and buck, but sat
with a frown.
took the hay right up to him, petted the bull's cheeks and sang him a
bull, is the best around.
No other bull like him can be found.
With horns and hooves and patches too,
Willie, the bull, there's no bull like you.”
Even the song
didn't cheer Willie up.
had an idea. “Maybe Willie is lonely.” He went back to his house and
called for Anna. “Anna, Willie, the bull is lonely and sad. Do we have
anything that would cheer him up?”
Anna wiped her
hands on her apron. “How about if we give him a teddy bear. I heard
Mildred telling Penelope that she gave her cow, Sally, a teddy and she
produced much more milk.” Anna went into the bedroom and came out a few
minutes later with a fluffy brown teddy. “Here, give this to Willie.”
shrugged his shoulders. “It won't hurt to try.” He took the teddy bear
into the field. “Look what I brought you, Willie. It's a friend. His
name is Buster. He's all yours.” Farmer Albert put the teddy on Willie's
his head and looked at the teddy bear. A smile spread across his face.
He stood and munched on the hay. When he finished he ran around the
field and bucked, making sure the bear didn't fall off.
“Very good. I
see that you like Buster. He'll keep you company.” Farmer Albert patted
Willie's cheeks and went home. He opened the front door. “Anna, it
worked. Willie loved his teddy. Do you have another?”
Anna handed him
a second teddy bear. “What do you want it for?”
“I thought maybe
Jenny would like one too. She's by herself most of the time and maybe
she'll give more milk.” Farmer Albert took the teddy out to the barn and
put it on Jenny's back. “This is for you, Jenny. She's your friend and
you can keep her. Her name is Tessa.”
Jenny gave a
The next morning
Farmer Albert went to the barn to milk Jenny. He was most surprised when
she filled up three buckets with milk. He carried them back to the
house. “Anna, it worked. Jenny gave us three times as much milk.”
“There's nothing like a teddy bear to make you feel happy.” She handed
one to Farmer Albert. “This is for you. You can keep it on the bed or
take it with you. His name is Bartholomew.”
hugged his teddy and put it on his bed. Never again were any of the
animals, or people, at Farmer Albert's farm lonely again.