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OLD GRANNY FOX TRIES FOR DANNY MEADOW MOUSE
ANNY MEADOW MOUSE had not enjoyed anything so much for a long time as he
did that game of hide and seek. He tickled and chuckled
all the afternoon as he thought about it. Of course
Reddy had been "it." He had been "it" all the time, for
never once had he caught Danny Meadow Mouse. If he
had—well, there wouldn't have been any more
stories about Danny Meadow Mouse, because there
wouldn't have been any Danny Meadow Mouse any more.
But Danny never let himself think about this. He had
enjoyed the game all the more because it had been such
a dangerous game. It had been such fun to dive into one
of his little round doorways in the snow, run along one
of his own little tunnels, and then peep out at another
doorway and watch Reddy Fox digging as fast as ever he
could at the doorway Danny had just left. Finally Reddy
had given up in disgust and gone off muttering angrily
to try to find something else for dinner. Danny had sat
up on the snow and watched him go. In his funny little
squeaky voice Danny shouted:
"Though Reddy Fox is smart and sly,
I'm just as smart and twice as spry.
That night Reddy Fox told old Granny Fox all about how
he had tried to catch Danny Meadow Mouse. Granny
listened with her head cocked on one side. When Reddy
told how fat Danny Meadow Mouse was, her mouth watered.
You see now that snow covered the Green Meadows and the
Green Forest, Granny and Reddy Fox had hard work to get
enough to eat, and they were hungry most of the time.
"I'll go with you down on the meadows tomorrow morning,
and then we'll see if Danny Meadow Mouse is as smart as
he thinks he is," said Granny Fox.
So, bright and early the next morning, old Granny Fox
and Reddy Fox went down on the meadows where Danny
Meadow Mouse lives. Danny had felt in his bones that
Reddy would come back, so he was watching, and he saw
them as soon as they came out of the Green Forest. When
he saw old Granny Fox, Danny's heart beat a little
faster than before, for he knew that Granny Fox is very
smart and very wise and has learned most of the tricks
of all the other little meadow and forest people.
"This is going to be a more exciting game than the
other," said Danny to himself, and scurried down out of
sight to see that all his little tunnels were clear so
that he could run fast through them if he had to. Then
he peeped out of one of his little doorways hidden in a
clump of tall grass.
Old Granny Fox set Reddy to hunting for Danny's little
round doorways, and as fast as he found them, Granny
came up and sniffed at each. She knew that she could
tell by the smell which one he had been at last.
Finally she came straight towards the tall bunch of
grass. Danny ducked down and scurried along one of his
little tunnels. He heard Granny Fox sniff at the
doorway he had just left. Suddenly something plunged
down through the snow right at his very heels. Danny
didn't have to look to know it was Granny Fox herself,
and he squeaked with fright.