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The Paper Wagon

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The rooster has been kidnapped by the fox. What is the little hen to do? Go to the shed and build a paper wagon, that's what. With two Herculean mice in place of horses, the little hen heads for the fox's house deep in the forest. On the way, she is joined by a cat, a brick, a needle and a hairy spider, all desperate for a ride. Will they be able to complete the rescue?
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ThePaper Wagon A folktale from Friesland
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ThePaper Wagon A folktale from Friesland
Retold by martha attema
with illustrations by Graham Ross
Orca฀Book฀Publishers
Text copyright © 5 martha attema
Interior illustrations copyright © 5 Graham Ross
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data
Attema, Martha, 1949-
že paper wagon : a folktale from Friesland / retold by Martha Attema; with illustrations by Graham Ross.
(Orca echoes)
ISBN 1-55143-356-7
1. Hens--Juvenile fiction. I. Ross, Graham, 1962- II. Title. III. Series.
PS8551.T74P36 2005
jC813’.54
First Published in the United States: 2005
C2004-907238-2
Library of Congress Control Number: 2004117322
Summary: When her rooster is stolen away by the fox, the little hen builds a paper wagon and sets off to rescue him.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP), the Canada Council for the Arts, and the British Columbia Arts Council. Design and layout: Lynn O’Rourke
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To Femke, whose love of books inspires me. —m.a.
For my Mom, Marion Elizabeth who let me wander. —G.R.
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Chapter One The Accident
Early one morning a little hen and her rooster decided to make a big pot of soup. Ÿeroosterbuiltareunderneathablackpot.Ÿe little hen filled the pot with water. She threw beets, beans, onions and potatoes into the pot. Twowoodenstoolsstoodclosetothepot.Ÿehen and the rooster took turns stirring the soup with a big stick. Soonadelicioussmelllledthechickencoop.An aroma of cooked beets, boiled onions and tender beans tickled their beaks. Whencanweeat?askedtherooster.Imhungry.”
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Inalittlewhile,saidthehen.Youstirthesoup, and I’ll get the herbs.” Whiletheroosterstirredandstirred,thelittlehen ran outside to the garden. She scooted over to a sunny spot beside the coop. Ÿere she picked some parsley, a few stalks of chives and a branch of rosemary. Backinthekitchen,shethrewtheherbsintotheboiling soup. Canweeatnow?askedtherooster.Imstarving.” Inalittlewhile,saidthelittlehen.Youkeepstirring. I’ll find some spices.” Oneatthetime,sheaddedsomesalt,somepepper and a dash of curry to the soup. Letseatnow!yelledtherooster.ImsohungryI could faint.” Inaminute,saidthelittlehen.Youkeepstirring. I’ll fetch the bowls.” Whilethelittlehenlookedontheshelf,the
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rooster stirred and stirred. He stood on his toes on the stool. He bent over and stirred and stirred and … plop, fell into the pot. Oh,dear.Oh,dear,cluckedthelittlehen.
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