BROTHER NORTH WIND PROVES A FRIEND
ANNY MEADOW MOUSE had seen nothing of old Granny fox or Reddy Fox for
several days. Every morning the first thing he did,
even before he had breakfast, was to climb up to one of
his little round doorways and peep out over the
beautiful white meadows, to see if there was any danger
near. But every time he did this, Danny used a
different doorway. "For," said Danny to himself, "if
any one should happen, just happen, to see me this
morning, they might be waiting just outside my doorway
to catch me to-morrow morning." You see there is a
great deal of wisdom in the little head that Danny
Meadow Mouse carries on his shoulders.
But the first day and the second day and the third day
he saw nothing of old Granny Fox or Reddy Fox, and he
began to enjoy running through his tunnels under the
snow and scurrying across from one doorway to another
on top of the snow, just as he had before the Foxes had
tried so hard to catch him. But he hadn't forgotten, as
Granny Fox had hoped he would. No, indeed, Danny Meadow
Mouse hadn't forgotten. He was too wise for that.
One morning, when he started to climb up to one of his
little doorways, he found that it was closed. Yes, Sir,
it was closed. In fact, there wasn't any doorway. More
snow had fallen from the clouds in the night and had
covered up every one of the little round doorways of
Danny Meadow Mouse.
"Ha!" said Danny, "I shall have a busy day, a very busy
day opening all my doorways. I'll eat my breakfast, and
then I'll go to work."
So Danny Meadow Mouse ate a good breakfast of seeds
which he had stored in the hollow I the old fence-post
buried under the snow, and then he began work on the
nearest doorway. It really wasn't work at all, for you
see the snow was soft and light, and Danny dearly loved
to dig in it. In a few minutes he had made a wee hole
through which he could peep up at jolly, round Mr. Sun.
In a few minutes more he had made it big enough to put
his head out. He looked this way and he looked that
way. Far, far off on the top of a tree he could see old
Roughleg the Hawk, but he was so far away that Danny
didn't fear him at all.
"I don't see anything or anybody to be afraid of," said
Danny and poked his head out a little farther.
Then he sat and studied everything around him a long,
long time. It was a beautiful white world, a very
beautiful white world. Everything was so white and pure
and beautiful that it didn't seem possible that harm or
danger for any one could even be thought of. But Danny
Meadow Mouse learned long ago that things are not
always what they seem, and so he sat with just his
little head sticking out of his doorway and studied and
studied. Just a little way off was a little heap of
"I don't remember that," said Danny. "And I don't
remember anything that would make that. There isn't any
little bush or old log or anything underneath it.
Perhaps rough Brother North Wind heaped it up, just for
But all the time Danny Meadow Mouse kept studying and
studying that little heap of snow. Pretty soon he saw
rough Brother North Wind coming his way and tossing the
snow about as he came. He caught a handful from the top
of the little heap of snow that Danny was studying, and
when he had passed, Danny's sharp eyes saw something
red there. It was just the color of the cloak old
Granny Fox wears.
"Granny Fox, you can't fool me!
I see you plain as plain can be!"
Shouted Danny Meadow Mouse and dropped down out of
sight, while old Granny Fox shook the snow from her red
cloak and, with a snarl of disappointment and anger,
slowly started for the Green Forest, where Reddy Fox
was waiting for her.