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Riddles, jokes and tales about our friends with tails
Translated by Tom Bolting
Illustrated by B.Kalaushin
Mole was proud that underground
Many cosy room were found.
In the dark such hidden wealth!
A kitchen, dining room and hall,
A bedroom, too, for Mr.Mole
And a study for himself!
But I heard the homeless Hare
Playing in the field declare,
"I'm by far the richer one —
Look, I have the golden Sun!"
Who is she? What do you think?
— A little minx dressed up in...
Ginger-Coat they say.
I've no shame, they say.
I eat ducks and chicks, they say.
Always up to tricks, they say.
Poppycock those cockerels crow!
You ask me — I ought to know.
On my back and sides there grow
Pointed spikes as strong as steel.
If I'm scared by any foe
Pins and needles he shall feel!
I shout, "Wolf, how would you like?
To bite a needle or a spike?
Wolf replies, oh, so polite,
"Thanks, I shall not eat tonight!"
Baby Hedgehogs — good as gold!
I know why they're not too bold...
Mother keeps the ones she loves
Well in hand with hedgehog gloves!
Vixen went to dine with Moose.
He gave her the very best —
Aspen wood fried in its juice —
What dish to give a guest...!
Boastful Mouse when taking tea
Said, "I’ll fly. I'm very eager!
Give me wings and you will see
I, the Mouse, shall be an Eagle!'
Mouse got wings and he could fly.
But it’s sad to tell you that
What flittered high up in the sky
Was not an Eagle, but a Bat!
Wolf-cubs run with padded paws —
Fangs of white in grinning jaws — help!
When Wolves attack they never growl!
A hunting Wolf won't ever howl!
The Wolfs a horrid hungry brute!
But runs away when hunters shoot!
"I'm a scary little hare
With floppy ears,
One here, one there.
My feet are bare,
Poor little hare —
Always full of fears!"
The baby Hare heard our reply,
"Dear little Hare, you should not cry.
Are fleet feet.
Help you hear.
Yes, very sad,
To be so full of fear!"
See that house shaped like a shell —
The door is open wide.
The owner, Mrs. Snail, feels well,
With friends on every side.
She always has a nod and smile
For beetles, fish and fleas,
Her horns are waving all the while
Because she wants to please.
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