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    "Bang! Bango! Bunko! Bunk2! Slam!"

    Something made a big noise on the front porch of the hollow stump3 bungalow4, where, in the woods, lived Uncle Wiggily Longears, the rabbit gentleman.

    "My goodness!" cried Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy, the muskrat5 lady housekeeper6. "I hope nothing has happened!"

    "Well, from what I heard I should say it is quite certain that SOMETHING has happened," spoke7 the bunny uncle, sort of twisting his ears very anxious like.

    "I only hope the chimney hasn't turned a somersault, and that the roof is not trying to play tag with the back steps," went on Miss Fuzzy Wuzzy, a bit scared like.

    "I'll go see what it is," offered Uncle Wiggily, and as he went to the front door there, on the piazza8, he saw Billie Wagtail, the little goat boy.

    "Oh, good morning, Uncle Wiggily," spoke Billie, politely. "Here's a note for you. I just brought it."

    "And did you bring all that noise with you?" Mr. Longears wanted to know.

    "Well, yes, I guess I did," Billie said, sort of bashful like and shy as he wiggled his horns. "I was seeing how fast I could run, and I ran down hill and got going so lickity-split like that I couldn't stop. I fell right up your front steps, rattle-te-bang!"

    "I should say it was rattle-te-bang!" laughed Uncle Wiggily. "But please don't do it again, Billie."

    "I won't," promised the goat boy. "Grandpa Goosey Gander gave me that note to leave for you on my way to the store for my mother. And now I must hurry on," and Billie jumped off the porch and skipped along through the Woodland trees as happy as a huckleberry pie and a piece of cheese.

    "What was it all about?" asked Nurse Jane, when Uncle Wiggily came in.

    "Oh, just Billie Wagtail," answered the bunny uncle. "He brought a note from Grandpa Goosey, who wants me to come over and see him. I'll go. He has the epizootic, and can't get out, so he wants some one to talk to and to play checkers with him."

    Off through the woods went Uncle Wiggily and he was almost at Grandpa Goosey's house when he heard some voices talking. One voice said:

    "Oh, dear! How thirsty I am!"

    "And so am I!" said another.

    "Well, children, I am sorry," spoke a third voice, "but I cannot give you any water. I am thirsty myself, but we cannot drink until it rains, and it has not rained in a long, long time."

    "Oh, dear! Oh, dear! Oh, dear!" cried the other voices again. "How thirsty we are!"

    "That's too bad," thought Uncle Wiggily. "I would not wish even the bad fox to be thirsty. I must see if I can not be of some help."

    So he peeked9 through the bushes and saw some trees.

    "Was it you who were talking about being thirsty?" asked the rabbit gentleman, curious like.

    "Yes," answered the big voice. "I am a horse chestnut tree, and these are my children," and the large tree waved some branches, like fingers, at some small trees growing under her.

    "And they, I suppose, are pony10 chestnut trees," said Uncle Wiggily.

    "That's what we are!" cried the little trees, "and we are very thirsty."

    "Indeed they are," said the mother tree. "You see we are not like you animals. We cannot walk to a spring or well to get a drink when we are thirsty. We have to stay, rooted in one place, and wait for the rain, or until some one waters us."

    "Well, some one is going to water you right away!" cried Uncle Wiggily in his jolly voice. "I'll bring you some water from the duck pond, which is near by."

    Then, borrowing a pail from Mrs. Wibblewobble, the duck lady, Uncle Wiggily poured water all around the dry earth, in which grew the horse chestnut tree and the little pony trees.

    "Oh! How fine that is!" cried the thirsty trees. "It is almost as nice as rain. You are very good, Uncle Wiggily," said the mother tree, "and if ever we can do you a favor we will."

    "Thank you," spoke Uncle Wiggily, making a low bow with his tall silk hat. Then he went on to Grandpa Goosey's where he visited with his epizootic friend and played checkers.

    On his way home through the woods, Uncle Wiggily was unpleasantly surprised when, all of a sudden out from behind a stone jumped a bad bear. He wasn't at all a good, nice bear like Beckie or Neddie Stubtail.

    "Bur-r-r-r-r!" growled12 the bear at Uncle Wiggily. "I guess I'll scratch you."

    "Oh, please don't," begged the bunny uncle.

    "Yes, I shall!" grumbled13 the bear. "And I'll hug you, too!"

    "Oh, no! I'd rather you wouldn't!" said the bunny uncle. For well he knew that a bear doesn't hug for love. It's more of a hard, rib-cracking squeeze than a hug. If ever a bear wants to hug you, just don't you let him. Of course if daddy or mother wants to hug, why, that's all right.

    "Yes, I'm going to scratch you and hug you," went on the bad bear, "and after that—well, after that I guess I'll take you off to my den11."

    "Oh, please don't!" begged Uncle Wiggily, twinkling his nose and thinking that he might make the bear laugh. For if ever you can get a bear to laugh he won't hurt you a bit. Just remember that. Tickle14 him, or do anything to get him to laugh. But this bear wouldn't even smile. He just growled again and said:

    "Well, here I come, Uncle Wiggily, to hug you!"

    "Oh, no you don't!" all of a sudden cried a voice in the air.

    "Ha! Who says I don't?" grumbled the bear, impolite like.

    "I do," went on the voice. And the bear saw some trees waving their branches at him.

    "Pooh! I'm not afraid of you!" growled the bear, and he made a rush for the bunny. "I'm not afraid of trees."

    "Not afraid of us, eh? Well, you'd better be!" said the mother tree. "I'm a strong horse chestnut and these are my strong little ponies15. Come on, children, we won't let the bear get Uncle Wiggily." Then the strong horse chestnut tree and the pony trees reached down with their powerful branches and, catching16 hold of the bear, they tossed him up in the air, far away over in the woods, at the same time pelting17 him with green, prickly horse chestnuts18, and the bear came down ker-bunko in a bramble brier bush.

    "Oh, wow!" cried the bear, as he felt his soft and tender nose being scratched. "I'll be good! I'll be good!"

    And he was, for a little while, anyhow. So this shows you how a horse chestnut tree saved the bunny gentleman, and if the postman doesn't stick a stamp on our cat's nose so it can't eat molasses cake when it goes to the puppy dog's party, I'll tell you next about Uncle Wiggily and the pine tree.


    1 chestnut [ˈtʃesnʌt] XnJy8   第9级
    • We have a chestnut tree in the bottom of our garden. 我们的花园尽头有一棵栗树。
    • In summer we had tea outdoors, under the chestnut tree. 夏天我们在室外栗树下喝茶。
    2 bunk [bʌŋk] zWyzS   第10级
    • He left his bunk and went up on deck again. 他离开自己的铺位再次走到甲板上。
    • Most economists think his theories are sheer bunk. 大多数经济学家认为他的理论纯属胡说。
    3 stump [stʌmp] hGbzY   第8级
    • He went on the stump in his home state. 他到故乡所在的州去发表演说。
    • He used the stump as a table. 他把树桩用作桌子。
    4 bungalow [ˈbʌŋgələʊ] ccjys   第9级
    • A bungalow does not have an upstairs. 平房没有上层。
    • The old couple sold that large house and moved into a small bungalow. 老两口卖掉了那幢大房子,搬进了小平房。
    5 muskrat [ˈmʌskræt] G6CzQ   第12级
    • Muskrat fur almost equals beaver fur in quality. 麝鼠皮在质量上几乎和海獭皮不相上下。
    • I saw a muskrat come out of a hole in the ice. 我看到一只麝鼠从冰里面钻出来。
    6 housekeeper [ˈhaʊski:pə(r)] 6q2zxl   第8级
    • A spotless stove told us that his mother is a diligent housekeeper. 炉子清洁无瑕就表明他母亲是个勤劳的主妇。
    • She is an economical housekeeper and feeds her family cheaply. 她节约持家,一家人吃得很省。
    7 spoke [spəʊk] XryyC   第11级
    n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
    • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company. 他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
    • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre. 辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
    8 piazza [piˈætsə] UNVx1   第12级
    • Siena's main piazza was one of the sights of Italy. 锡耶纳的主要广场是意大利的名胜之一。
    • They walked out of the cafeteria, and across the piazza. 他们走出自助餐厅,穿过广场。
    9 peeked [pi:kt] c7b2fdc08abef3a4f4992d9023ed9bb8   第9级
    v.很快地看( peek的过去式和过去分词 );偷看;窥视;微露出
    • She peeked over the top of her menu. 她从菜单上往外偷看。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • On two occasions she had peeked at him through a crack in the wall. 她曾两次透过墙缝窥视他。 来自辞典例句
    10 pony [ˈpəʊni] Au5yJ   第8级
    • His father gave him a pony as a Christmas present. 他父亲给了他一匹小马驹作为圣诞礼物。
    • They made him pony up the money he owed. 他们逼他还债。
    11 den [den] 5w9xk   第9级
    • There is a big fox den on the back hill. 后山有一个很大的狐狸窝。
    • The only way to catch tiger cubs is to go into tiger's den. 不入虎穴焉得虎子。
    12 growled [ɡrauld] 65a0c9cac661e85023a63631d6dab8a3   第8级
    v.(动物)发狺狺声, (雷)作隆隆声( growl的过去式和过去分词 );低声咆哮着说
    • \"They ought to be birched, \" growled the old man. 老人咆哮道:“他们应受到鞭打。” 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • He growled out an answer. 他低声威胁着回答。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    13 grumbled [ˈɡrʌmbld] ed735a7f7af37489d7db1a9ef3b64f91   第7级
    抱怨( grumble的过去式和过去分词 ); 发牢骚; 咕哝; 发哼声
    • He grumbled at the low pay offered to him. 他抱怨给他的工资低。
    • The heat was sweltering, and the men grumbled fiercely over their work. 天热得让人发昏,水手们边干活边发着牢骚。
    14 tickle [ˈtɪkl] 2Jkzz   第9级
    • Wilson was feeling restless. There was a tickle in his throat. 威尔逊只觉得心神不定。嗓子眼里有些发痒。
    • I am tickle pink at the news. 听到这消息我高兴得要命。
    15 ponies [ˈpəuniz] 47346fc7580de7596d7df8d115a3545d   第8级
    矮种马,小型马( pony的名词复数 ); £25 25 英镑
    • They drove the ponies into a corral. 他们把矮种马赶进了畜栏。
    • She has a mania for ponies. 她特别喜欢小马。
    16 catching [ˈkætʃɪŋ] cwVztY   第8级
    • There are those who think eczema is catching. 有人就是认为湿疹会传染。
    • Enthusiasm is very catching. 热情非常富有感染力。
    17 pelting ['peltɪŋ] b37c694d7cf984648f129136d4020bb8   第11级
    • The rain came pelting down. 倾盆大雨劈头盖脸地浇了下来。
    • Hailstones of abuse were pelting him. 阵阵辱骂冰雹般地向他袭来。
    18 chestnuts [t'ʃesnʌts] 113df5be30e3a4f5c5526c2a218b352f   第9级
    n.栗子( chestnut的名词复数 );栗色;栗树;栗色马
    • A man in the street was selling bags of hot chestnuts. 街上有个男人在卖一包包热栗子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • Talk of chestnuts loosened the tongue of this inarticulate young man. 因为栗子,正苦无话可说的年青人,得到同情他的人了。 来自汉英文学 - 中国现代小说

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