Informational Site NetworkInformational Site Network
Privacy
 
Home - Stories - Categories - Books - Search

Featured Stories

The Little Robber Girl
The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Categories

A FAIRY-TALE

Aesop

ALPHABET RHYMES

AMERICAN INDIAN STORIES

AMUSING ALPHABETS

Animal Sketches And Stories

ANIMAL STORIES

ARBOR DAY

BIRD DAY

Blondine Bonne Biche and Beau Minon

Bohemian Story

BRER RABBIT and HIS NEIGHBORS

CATS

CHINESE MOTHER-GOOSE RHYMES

CHRISTMAS DAY

COLUMBUS DAY

CUSTOM RHYMES

Didactic Stories

Everyday Verses

EVIL SPIRITS

FABLES

FABLES FOR CHILDREN

FABLES FROM INDIA

FATHER PLAYS AND MOTHER PLAYS

FIRST STORIES FOR VERY LITTLE FOLK

For Classes Ii. And Iii.

For Classes Iv. And V.

For Kindergarten And Class I.

FUN FOR VERY LITTLE FOLK

GERMAN

Good Little Henry

HALLOWEEN

Happy Days

INDEPENDENCE DAY

JAPANESE AND OTHER ORIENTAL TALES]

Jean De La Fontaine

King Alexander's Adventures

KINGS AND WARRIORS

LABOR DAY

LAND AND WATER FAIRIES

Lessons From Nature

LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY

LITTLE STORIES that GROW BIG

Love Lyrics

Lyrics

MAY DAY

MEMORIAL DAY

Modern

MODERN FABLES

MODERN FAIRY TALES

MOTHER GOOSE CONTINUED

MOTHER GOOSE JINGLES

MOTHER GOOSE SONGS AND STORIES

MOTHERS' DAY

Myths And Legends

NATURE SONGS

NEGLECT THE FIRE

NUMBER RHYMES

NURSERY GAMES

NURSERY-SONGS.

NURSEY STORIES

OLD-FASHIONED STORIES

ON POPULAR EDUCATION

OURSON

Perseus

PLACES AND FAMILIES

Poems Of Nature

Polish Story

Popular

PROVERB RHYMES

RESURRECTION DAY (EASTER)

RHYMES CONCERNING "MOTHER"

RIDDLE RHYMES

RIDING SONGS for FATHER'S KNEE

ROMANCES OF THE MIDDLE AGES

SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY

Selections From The Bible

Servian Story

SLEEPY-TIME SONGS AND STORIES

Some Children's Poets

Songs Of Life

STORIES BY FAVORITE AMERICAN WRITERS

STORIES FOR CHILDREN

STORIES for LITTLE BOYS

STORIES FROM BOTANY

STORIES FROM GREAT BRITAIN

STORIES FROM IRELAND

STORIES FROM PHYSICS

STORIES FROM SCANDINAVIA

STORIES FROM ZOOLOGY

STORIES _for_ LITTLE GIRLS

SUPERSITITIONS

THANKSGIVING DAY

The Argonauts

THE CANDLE

THE DAYS OF THE WEEK

THE DECEMBRISTS

The King Of The Golden River; Or, The Black Brothers

The Little Grey Mouse

THE OLD FAIRY TALES

The Princess Rosette

THE THREE HERMITS

THE TWO OLD MEN

Theseus

Traditional

UNCLES AND AUNTS AND OTHER RELATIVES

VERSES ABOUT FAIRIES

WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY

WHAT MEN LIVE BY

WHERE LOVE IS, THERE GOD IS ALSO

SOMETHING MAKES TOMMY VERY PROUD

from The Tale Of Tommy Fox





Tommy Fox could think of nothing but Mr. Woodchuck. He thought there
could be no use in going back to the hole beneath the big oak in the
pasture until the next day, because Mr. Woodchuck would probably be
afraid that Tommy was waiting for him to come out. Yes--Tommy decided
that Mr. Woodchuck would stay in his house down among the roots of the
big tree and not show himself again until he felt quite sure that his
enemy had grown tired of watching and had given up the idea of
catching him.

But Tommy guessed that by another day old Mr. Woodchuck would be so
hungry that he would have to go out of doors again to get something to
eat. And Tommy Fox could hardly wait for the night to pass. But
another day came at last; and it found Tommy up and hurrying to Farmer
Green's back-pasture, where Mr. Woodchuck lived. It was just growing
light; and there was a heavy dew upon the grass, which Tommy didn't
like at all, because he just hated to get his feet wet.

Tommy did not go near Mr. Woodchuck's hole. Although he was just a
young fox, he was too wise to do that. He knew that if he went nosing
around Mr. Woodchuck's dooryard the old gentleman would smell his
tracks as soon as he poked his head out. So Tommy was careful to keep
away from the hole where he had dug so hard the day before. He sneaked
around until he had passed Mr. Woodchuck's house; and then he crept up
behind the big oak close by. And there he waited.

Tommy kept smiling. He was _so_ pleased, because his plan was working
out very well. The wind blew towards him, and Tommy saw that Mr.
Woodchuck wouldn't be able to smell him when the old fellow came up
into the open air.

For a long time Tommy waited there. He kept very still. And he stayed
hidden behind the tree, with only one eye peeping round the tree-
trunk, so that he could watch for Mr. Woodchuck. He was very patient--
was Tommy. You have to be patient, you know, when you are hunting. He
crouched behind the tree for at least an hour, and never once took his
eye off that hole. And at last he saw Mr. Woodchuck's nose come
popping out.

If Tommy hadn't been watching very closely he wouldn't have seen it at
all; for Mr. Woodchuck just stuck his head up for a second, took one
quick look all around, and jumped back again. He hadn't seen anything
to frighten him. But he thought it best to be very careful.

Tommy waited. And pretty soon that small nose came sticking out again.
This time it stayed longer. And to Tommy's great delight, in another
minute he saw Mr. Woodchuck climb up and take a good look all about.

Tommy Fox hardly breathed. He didn't see how the old gentleman could
help spying him. But he didn't. And then Mr. Woodchuck started off
across the pasture, to find something for breakfast. He was very
hungry, for he hadn't had any supper the night before.

Tommy Fox waited until Mr. Woodchuck had gone just a few steps away
from his doorway. And then Tommy stole after him. This time Tommy was
between Mr. Woodchuck and his house. And Mr. Woodchuck couldn't
escape.

It was all over in a second. And Tommy Fox felt very proud of himself
when he reached home and showed his mother what he had brought.

"I can hunt--can't I, Mother?" he said. "To-morrow I'm going up on the
mountain and catch a bear."

"Don't be silly," Mrs. Fox said. "You know you couldn't catch a bear."
But she was much pleased, in spite of what she said. For she saw that
Tommy was really beginning to learn something.





Next: TOMMY FOX IN TROUBLE

Previous: TOMMY CHASES MR. WOODCHUCK



Add to del.icio.us Add to Reddit Add to Digg Add to Del.icio.us Add to Google Add to Twitter Add to Stumble Upon
Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
SHAREADD TO EBOOK



Viewed: 1170