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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Stories for Younger Children
A Cat, A Mouse, and Pears


A Cat, A Mouse, and PearsAlfred Cat was running through the woods. He was chasing Sarah Mouse through the thistle and gorse. He chased her up the hill and down into the glen. He chased her so much that he was tired, but not as tired as Sarah was. Alfred lay down against a tall tree to rest. Sarah, seeing how tired he was, lay down next to him. The cat looked up at the tree. "What is that growing on the tree?" he asked the mouse.

She looked up. "It looks like some big, juicy pears. I love pears. Do you?"

"I love pears too. I like to eat mice more than pears, but at least I donít have to chase pears through the glen and up the hills," Alfred sighed.

"Iíd like to eat one. How can we reach them? They are growing at the top of the tree," Sarah said.

"Canít you climb? Youíre a mouse," Alfred said.

"I canít climb THAT high!" she replied. "Youíre a cat. Cats can climb trees too."

"Not this cat! I donít climb trees," Alfred said.

"Then how will we get those delicious looking pears?" Sarah asked.

"Why donít we use a ladder and climb up?"

"Brilliant idea!" Sarah said. The two went to Mr. MacDonaldís croft to get the ladder. They carried it back to the tree. "There we go," she said, leaning it against the tree.

"How will we climb the ladder? Look how far apart the rungs are," Alfred noted.

"You stand here, at the bottom and Iíll climb on your head. Iíll reach the rung, pull myself up, and then help you up. Weíve got to climb so high! Right now weíre at the bottom. Whew! Itís going to be a lot of work, but together we can do it," Sarah said. She stepped on Alfredís head, grabbed the first rung and pulled herself up. "Grab my hands." She pulled Alfred up. He struggled and groaned but made it to the first run. They did this until theyíd reached the top of the ladder.

"We sure were down low. Look how high up were are now!" Alfred said, looking down.

"Letís just grab some pears and get back to the ground. Iíd rather be low than high," Sarah said. She was nervous about being so high up in the tree. They grabbed a few pears and dropped them to the ground. They climbed back down the ladder. When they reached the bottom they picked up the pears and sat against the trunk of the tree. They ate all the pears and their tummies were soon full. "We were so high up!"

"Thatís where the best pears are. I think from now on, though, Iím going to stick to eating mice. I donít have to climb high ladders." Alfred looked at Sarah. "In fact, Iíve got room in my belly for a fat, juicy mouse like you."

Sarah ran away as fast as she could, with a belly full of pears.


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