mouse, led the other mice down to the fairgrounds.
"Come on! Hurry up! We'll miss it all if you don't get
a move on." She darted through the glen, crossed a log
that had fallen over a river and ran through the
woods. "Here we are. There is the fairgrounds." Ginger
pointed to the ferris wheel and spinning rides.
popcorn," said Tawny.
"I smell cotton
candy," said Arbunkel.
balloons," said Andy. "Let's go see the balloons
first." Andy didn't wait for the others, but rushed
over to the man with the balloons. He tugged on a
string that was hidden from the balloon man's view.
The others joined him.
going to get us killed. What if he sees you?" Tawny
shouted at the other mouse.
"Nobody will see
us. Here," Andy said, handing them each a string.
"Grab on tight. If you tug at it, the balloon will
bounce up and down in the man's hand." Andy tugged to
let them see. "Hee hee. Isn't it funny?"
The other mice
agreed it looked quite fun to jiggle the balloons.
They tugged at the strings, each giggling at the fun.
on his too tight and it untied the string holding the
balloons together. It came undone and all the balloons
lifted into the sky, with the mice attached.
"Och, look what
you've done, Arbunkel. We're all going up to the
clouds." Ginger held on tight. "Don't let go. Maybe a
wind will blow us over to a tree and we can jump off."
The mice held on
as the balloons soared through the sky. When a breeze
began to blow, they all felt relieved. "Whew, finally
a wind. I wonder where it's taking us." Tawny looked
down. "We're headed for the village. At least there
are a lot of trees there."
Andy shouted in
terror as his balloon popped. He fell through the air
and landed in a chocolate cake that sat out on a
table. Chocolate flew everywhere. Andy smiled. "Cake?
Chocolate cake? Yummy." He gobbled it down. He lay
back with a round belly and watched as one by one the
other balloons popped.
Ginger fell into
a fruit tart. Tawny landed in a cream puff and
Arbunkel landed in a trifle. The other mice fell into
pies, souffles and custards. They hadn't gone that far
after all. They'd all landed right in the middle of
the cake sale. Lucky for them all the people were off
watching the Highland dancers and hadn't noticed the
mice eating their food. As they finished Ginger said,
"We'd better get out of here before someone finds us."
Though it was difficult to run because of their plump
and very full tummies, the mice made it home safely.
"Well, that was
the best fair I've ever been to," said Tawny. "We had
a balloon ride and all the sweets we wanted."
That night the
mice slept well, all dreaming of the fun time they'd
had at the fair.