GOING SHOPPING FOR MUMMY

One day Mummy said to the children, 'Do you think you could go to the shops for me?'

And, of course, they said together, 'Yes, Mummy!' And do you know why? Because Mr Brown, who kept the grocery shop in the village, always gave a few sweets to any child who went into his shop on an errand for Mummy, or Daddy, or even a neighbour.

So Mummy said, 'I've written on this piece of paper the shopping I want, in case you forget anything. You'll see that it says

A pound of lump sugar;
A pound of carrots;
A fly-swatter; and
A can of machine oil.

I've wrapped the money up in this other sheet of paper and I want you to ask Mr Brown to wrap the change up in the same sheet of paper. so that you can bring it safely home!'

The children couldn't help but wonder why Mummy said all this, because they'd done this sort of shopping so often that they were quite used to it.

So they trotted off to Mr Brown's shop at the top of the village green, and marched into the shop with the basket that Mummy had given them. And, to show what a clever girl she was, Jenny said to Mr Brown.


'Mr Brown, could Mummy please have

A pound of lump sugar
A pound of carrots
A fly-swatter, and
A can of machine oil.

Here‹s the list in case I've forgotten anything, And would you put the shopping in this basket, and wrap the change in this piece of paper, please?'

So Mr Brown put the shopping in the basket and wrapped the change up in the paper, and then the children waited until he'd put a few sweets in their hands, and they both said, 'Thank you, Mr Brown!' as they'd been taught, and off they went, eating their sweets.

But they hadn't gone very far when Johnny said, 'Jenny, let's not go back down the village green. It's so boring! Let's go back down the lane! It isn't far!'

Well, that seemed a good idea. so they set off down the lane. But before they'd gone very far, who should jump over the hedge but a horse? And the horse said.


'You can't go down this road!'

And Jenny said, 'Why not?'

And the horse said, 'Because this is my road!'

And Johnny said, 'But we want to go home to our Mummy!'

And the horse said, 'Then you must pay!'

And Jenny held the change in her hand as tightly as she could, and said,

'But we haven't any money!'

And the horse said, 'Then you must give me that pound of lump sugar I see in your basket!'

So they had to give the horse the lump sugar before he would let them go on down the lane.

But they hadn't gone very far when who should jump over the hedge but a donkey? And the donkey said,


'You can't go down this road!'

And Jenny said, 'Why not?'

And the donkey said, 'Because this is my road!'

And Johnny said, 'But we want to go home to our Mummy!'

And the donkey said, 'Then you must pay!'

And Jenny held the change in her hand as tightly as she could, and said,

'But we haven't any money!'

And the donkey said, 'Then you must give me that pound of carrots I see in your basket!'

So they had to give the donkey the carrots before he would let them go on down the lane.

But they hadn't gone very far down the lane when this time who should jump over the hedge but a cow? And the cow said.


'You can't go down this road!'

'Why not?'

'Because this is my road!'

'But we want to go home to our Mummy!'

'Then you must pay!'

But Jenny still held the change in her hand as tightly as she could, and said,

'But we haven't any money!'

And the cow said, 'Then you must give me that fly-swatter I see in your basket, to tie on my tail to keep off the flies!'

So they had to give the cow the fly-swatter before she would let them go on down the lane.

But they hadn't gone very far down the lane when this time who should jump over the hedge but a pig? And the pig said.


'You can't go down this road!'

'Why not?'

'Because this is my road!'

'But we want to go home to our Mummy!'

'Then you must pay!'

But Jenny still held the change in her hand as tightly as she could, and said,

'But we haven't any money!'

And the pig said, 'Then you must give me that can of machine oil I see in your basket, to cure my squeaking!'

So they had to give the pig the can of machine oil before he would let them go on down the lane.

But now they'd lost all their shopping and they knew that Mummy would be very cross because they hadn't come straight home, so they both began to cry.

But as they were passing the farm gate who should be standing there but the good dog Rover? And Rover said, 'Whatever's the matter, children? Why are you crying?'

So they had to tell Rover all about the naughty animals who had stolen Mummy's shopping. And Rover said, 'Is that all? We'll see about that! Come with me!'

And he led them back up the lane until they came to the pig. And Rover stood in front of the pig, looked him straight in the eye, gave a loud 'Whoof!' and said,


'You naughty pig! Give back that can of machine oil at once!'

So the pig had to give it back, and they went on up the lane until they came to the cow.

And Rover stood in front of the cow, looked her straight in the eye, gave a loud 'Whoof!' and said,


'You naughty cow! Give back that fly-swatter at once!'

So the cow had to give it back, and they went on up the lane until they came to the donkey.

And Rover stood in front of the donkey, looked him straight in the eye, gave a loud 'Whoof!' and said,


'You naughty donkey! Give back that pound of carrots at once!'

So the donkey had to give them back, and they went on up the lane until they came to the horse.

And Rover stood in front of the horse, looked him straight in the eye, gave a loud 'Whoof!' and said,


'You naughty horse! Give back that pound of lump sugar at once!'

So the horse had to give back the sugar.

You can imagine that the two children were very grateful, and they began to thank Rover for all he'd done for them. But Rover lifted a paw and said, 'That's all right! It's my job to look after things and take care of people. But now I must see you safely home so that your shopping isn't stolen again!'

And when they were safely home, the children told Mummy all about their adventure and how all her shopping would have been stolen if it hadn't been for the good dog Rover.

And Mummy was so pleased with him that she gave him a big plateful of dinner and a big juicy bone.

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