Evgenii Rachev's 'The Magic Glove'




Just then a mouse came running up and when he saw the mitten 
he stopped and climbed right in and said:
'This is where I'm going to live'


After a while a frog came hopping up and when he saw 
the mitten he stopped and called out: 'Croak, croak! Who is living in this mitten?'
'I am'. Crunch-Munch the Mouse. 'And who are you?' 'I'm Hop-Stop the Frog.
 Let me in too!' 'All right. Jump in!'


So the Frog jumped in and the Mouse moved over and the two 
of them made their home in the mitten. After a while a rabbit came scurrying 
up and when he saw the mitten he stopped and called out: 'Hello there! 
Who is living in this mitten?'


We are. Crunch-Munch the Mouse and Hop-Stop the Frog. 
And who are you?' 'I'm Fleet-Feet the Rabbit. Let me in too'.
'All right. Jump in!'

 
So the Rabbit jumped in and the Mouse and the Frog moved over and the three 
of them made their home in the mitten. After a while a fox came scampering up.
'You-hoo! Who is living in this mitten?' 'We are. Crunch-Munch the Mouse,
 Hop-Stop the Frog, and Fleet-Feet the Rabbit. And who are you?' 
'I'm Smily-Wily the Fox. Let me in too!'
'All right. Jump in!' 


 So the Mouse and the Frog and the Rabbit moved over and the Fox 
climbed in and the four of them made their home in the mitten. After a while a wolf 
came stalking  up and when he saw the mitten he stopped and called out: 
'Hello, friends! Who is living in this mitten?' 


'We are. Crunch-Munch the Mouse, Hop-Stop the Frog, 
 Fleet-Feet the Rabbit and Smily-Wily the Fox. And who are you?'
'I'm Howly-Prowly the Wolf. Let me in too!'
'All right. Jump in!'


So the Wolf climbed in and the Mouse and the Frog and the Rabbit and the Fox 
moved over and the five of them made their home in the mitten. After a while a wild 
boar came sauntering up. 'Harrumph! Who is living in this mitten?' 'We are. Crunch-Munch
 the Mouse, Hop-Stop the Frog, Fleet-Feet the Rabbit, Smily-Wily the Fox 
and Howly-Prowly the Wolf. And who are you? '


'I'm Snout-Rout the Boar. Let me in too'. 'Dear, dear! Everybody wants to get 
into this mitten. You won't find it easy to get in, Snout-Rout!' 'Never mind! 
I'll manage'. '"In you go, then! But don't say we didn't warn you!


So the Boar squeezed in and then there were six of them in the mitten and 
they were so cramped that they couldn't move! By-and-by with a crackling of twigs 
a bear came stamping up and when he saw the mitten he stopped and bellowed: 'Hello, 
good people! Who is living in this mitten?' 'We are. Crunch-Munch the Mouse, 
Hop-Stop the Frog, Fleet-Feet the Rabbit, Smily-Wily the Fox, Howly-Prowly 
the Wolf and Snout-Rout the Boar. 'And who are you?'


'Ho-ho-ho! I'm Grumbly-Rumbly the Bear. And though you're quite a crowd 
I know you'll make room for me!' 'How can we? We're so cramped!' 'Where there's 
a will there's a way!' 'Oh, all right, edge in, but don't forget that you're not the only one'. 
So the Bear squeezed in, too, and now there were seven of them inside 
and they were so cramped that the mitten was fit to burst

  
It was just about then that the Old Man missed his mitten and decided 
to go back in search of it. He walked and he walked and his Dog ran and 
ran until at last he saw the mitten lying in the snow and moving!

'Bow-wow-wow!' went the Dog. And the seven friends inside the mitten 
were so frightened that out they jumped and ran away as fast as their legs 
could carry them. Then the Old Man came up and he picked up 
his mitten and that was the end of that


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