PETER RABBIT FOOLS JIMMY SKUNK
ETER RABBIT came hopping and skipping down the Crooked Little Path.
Unc' Billy Possum always call him Brer Rabbit, but
everybody else calls him Peter. Peter was feeling very
find that morning, very fine indeed. Every few minutes
he jumped up in the air, and kicked his heels together,
just for fun. Presently he met Jimmy Skunk.
Jimmy was on his way back from Farmer Brown's corn
field, where he had bee helping Blacky the Crow get
free from a snare. Jimmy was still tickling and
laughing over the way Blacky the Crow had been caught.
He had to tell Peter Rabbit all about it.
Peter thought it just as good a joke as did Jimmy, and
the two trotted along side by side, planning how they
would spread the news all over the Green Meadows that
Blacky the Crow, who thinks himself so smart, had been
"That reminds me," said Jimmy Skunk suddenly, "I
haven't had my breakfast yet. Have you seen any beetles
this morning, Peter Rabbit?"
Peter Rabbit stopped and scratched his long left ear
with his long left hind foot.
"Now you speak of it, it seems to me that I did," said
"Where?" asked Jimmy Skunk eagerly.
Peter pretended to think very hard.
"It seems to me that it was back at the top of the
Crooked Little Path up the hill," said Peter.
"I think I will go look for them at once," replied
"All right," replied Peter, "I'll show you the way."
So up the Crooked Little Path hopped Peter Rabbit, and
right behind him trotted Jimmy Skunk. By and by they
came to an old pine stump. Peter Rabbit stopped. He put
one hand on his lips.
"Hush!" whispered Peter. "I think there is a whole
family of beetles on the other side of this stump. You
creep around the other side, and I'll creep around this
side. When I thump the ground, you spring right around
and grab them before they can run away."
So Jimmy Skunk crept around one side of the stump, and
Peter Rabbit crept around the other side. Suddenly
Peter thumped the ground hard, twice. Jimmy Skunk was
waiting and all ready to spring. When he heard those
thumps, he just sprang as quickly as he could. What do
you think happened?
Why, Jimmy Skunk landed thump! right on Reddy
Fox, who was taking a sun nap on the other side of the
"Ha, ha, ha," shouted Peter Rabbit, and started down
the Crooked Little Path as fast as his long legs could