|JUST BEFORE THE UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT|
After rolling on a flattened mole on my nightly walk I jumped up to snuggle on Dad's pillow and noticed a pile of books. They were sort of the same size, but all had very different covers. Then I noticed a name was on all of them: Margaret Read MacDonald. If I were to look her up on Wikipedia I would probably find a lot of information about her, but I am a dog so I am not going to do that. I will make some guesses about her.
1: She has been writing for a long time. I can tell because her hair is grey like Grammie's.
2: She likes folktales because that's what all of these books are.
3: She has either traveled a lot or done a lot of reading. I will tell you how I know later.
4: She likes an occasional muffin. I can tell because she is roundish like a muffin.
How do I know she has either traveled or read a lot? Because these books all take place in different countries! This is also how I know that I need to get out more. I didn't even know there were different countries. All I know is this little messy house full of love and scratched-up upholstered furniture and the streets around us. Admittedly I am surrounded by tantalizing squirrels and rabbits, but that does not an exciting life make! Now I know about other countries and I am going to secretly plan some vacations to places where they eat sausages. Don't tell Mom.
Here are my observations about these books:
Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale
Cat can't stop eating! You should see the inside of his stomach with everyone in there. And no, it is not your typical food. Remind me not to swallow anyone holding sewing scissors.
|NOT A GOOD IDEA! KEEP AWAY!|
The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog: A Folktale from Great Britain
Land of Kidney Pie and other savory meats! None in the book, though. Despite the slobber the dog is lovely and the pictures are amazing. The lesson of the book is that all dogs, no matter how slobbery, should be called "Sweet as a Honeycomb". Oh my gosh, he's not even a dog!!! I feel gypped!
|HOW TO SOLVE THE BREATH PROBLEM|
Mabela the Clever (from Africa)
Another cat - not a nice one, if such a thing exists. Unlike the mole I rolled on the mouse heroine is very smart and saves the day. If you are near any especially nefarious cats watch out for the Fo Feng!
The Boy from the Dragon Palace (from Japan)
A poor flower seller is granted wishes but gets too greedy and loses everything. The moral is: just because a child is dirty and is constantly picking his nose doesn't mean you should forget to say thank you when he brings you good luck. At least I think that's the lesson, I was frankly a little grossed out.
How Many Donkeys?: An Arabic Counting Tale
Learn to count in Arabic! This funny tale is short, with a man who goes from unlucky to lucky again and again in a very funny way. If you're at least as smart as I am you will probably get the joke.
Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale
I couldn't find the country of Celtic on the map. "Arabic" was elusive as well. I'm confused. Anyway, if you complain about housework you might get a visit from helpful fairies that then go wild in your house and don't want to leave. Sounds good, you think, but you'd be wrong.
I just found a hacky sack so I must go! Perhaps I'll see you at a sausage stand in some foreign land.