were to look at Toby's farm, you'd think it was always quiet and
peaceful and you'd be wrong. All day long Bessie chased her two piglets
around. Now she lay sleeping in the mud.
started out at sunrise. The rooster crowed, as he usually did, and the
two piglets, Harmony and Piper, had sprung to life with demands for
cantaloupe and honeydew melon,” said Harmon.
apples and pears,” said Piper.
papa, Walter, opened one of his eyes and then went back to sleep.
that she was going to get no help that morning, Bessie took Harmony and
Piper to get breakfast.
Toby poured chunks of turnips, potatoes, corn, apples, pears and carrots
into the trough.
beamed. “Apples and pears!” She gobbled a few pieces down.
refused to eat. “I want melon.” She ran away, heading for the barn.
sighed. “Piper, you stay here and eat while I go and find Harmony.” She
ran off to chase the piglet.
ran straight into the barn and hid under a pile of hay. “I'm not eating
apples and pears. I want cantaloupe.”
came in and looked in the horse stalls, behind the tractor and around
Farmer Toby's tools, but didn't see Harmony.
then the piglet sneezed.
ha,” said Bessie. She noticed Harmony's tail sticking out of the hay,
grabbed hold of it and pulled her out. “You're coming with me to eat
breakfast.” Bessie had to pull the fighting piglet by her tail all the
way to the trough. “Now you eat.” While Harmony reluctantly ate pieces
of turnip, Bessie noticed Piper was missing. She looked to the left and
she looked to the right and happened to see Piper's curly tail
disappearing around the side of the farm house. “Stay here, Harmony.
Eat!” Bessie ran after Piper.
chased the ducks and geese. She loved how the waddled and spread their
wings when they ran. She even stopped to pick up a feather and carried
it on her mouth. When they all ran into the pond, Piper followed them
got to the top of the hill and saw Piper. “Pigs can't swim!” She shouted
at her piglet. “Oh dear.” She ran as fast as she could and when she
reached the pond all she could see was Piper's squiggly tail poking out
of the water. Bessie grabbed it and pulled Piper out of the pond. “You
get over to that rough and eat your breakfast.”
coughed and dripped pond water all the way to the trough.
was relieved to see Harmony standing with a carrot in her mouth. “We're
off now to have our baths, except for Piper, who's already had hers.”
They went to the pond. “You stay right here,” Bessie said to Piper, who
sat on the grass near the water's edge. Bessie took Harmony into the
pond and washed the mashed carrots off her face.
watched the ducks swimming about and heard them quacking.
Harmony was finished being bathed, Bessie put her on the grass next to
Piper. “I'm going to swim for a few minutes. You both stay right there.”
She dove under the water and popped up in the middle of the pond,
floating on her back.
and harmony heard a noise and turned to see what it was. Two big green
frogs hopped into the bushes, croaking. The pigs ran after them.
Bessie got out of the pond, she couldn't see the piglets anywhere. She
searched all around the pond, ran back to the trough, looked in the barn
and at the side of Farmer Toby's house, but there was no sign of the
piglets. Tired and fed up from worry, Bessie went back to the mud hole
to have Walter help her look. There sat Harmony and Piper next to him,
grins spread across their chubby pink faces. Bessie collapsed in the mud
and fell asleep.
looked up at her papa. “What's wrong with Mama? She looks worn out.”
did you do today to make her so tired?” Walter looked at his girls.
“Nothing, Papa. Nothing.”