O LD GRANNY FOX was not feeling well. For three days she had been unable to go out hunting, and for three days Reddy Fox had tried to find something to tempt Granny's appetite. He had brought in a tender young chicken from Farmer Brown's hen yard, and he had stolen a plump trout from Billy Mink's storehouse, but Granny had just turned up her nose.
"What I need," said Granny Fox, "is a tender young rabbit."
Now, Reddy Fox is very fond of Granny Fox, and when she
said that she needed a tender young rabbit, Reddy
up his mind that he would get it for her, though how he
was going to do it he didn't know. Dozens of times he
had tried to catch Peter Rabbit, and every time Peter's
long legs had taken him to a place of safety. "I'll
just have to fool Peter Rabbit," said Reddy Fox, as he
sat on his
Reddy Fox is very sly. He is so sly that it is hard
work to be sure when he is honest and when he is
playing a trick. As he sat on his
"Will you do something for me?" he asked.
"Of course we will," shouted the Merry Little Breezes, who are always delighted to do something for others.
"I wish you would find Peter Rabbit and tell him that I
have found a new bed of tender young carrots in Farmer
Brown's garden, and invite him to go there with me
Away raced the Merry Little Breezes to find Peter
Rabbit and give him the invitation of Reddy Fox. Pretty
soon back they came to tell Reddy that Peter Rabbit
would be delighted to meet Reddy on the edge of the Old
Reddy smiled to himself, for now he was sure that he would get Peter Rabbit for Granny's breakfast.
Early the next morning, just before
Reddy Fox ground his teeth and snarled wickedly, for he knew then that instead of fooling Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit had fooled him. Just then up came one of the Merry Little Breezes of Old Mother West Wind.
"Good morning, Reddy Fox," said the Merry Little Breeze.
"Good morning," replied Reddy Fox,
and if you could
have seen him and heard him, you would never have
"Peter Rabbit asked me to come and tell you that he is
very sorry that he could not meet you at the
Briar-patch this morning, but that he grew so hungry
thinking of those tender young carrots that he just had
to come and get some before
The heart of Reddy Fox was filled with rage, but he did
not let the Merry Little Breeze know it. He just smiled
and sent the Merry Little Breeze back to Peter Rabbit
to tell him how glad he was that Peter enjoyed the
carrots, and to invite Peter to meet him the next
morning on the edge of the Old Briar-patch at
to go with him to a patch of sweet clover which he had
just found near the old
The Merry Little Breeze danced off with the message. Pretty soon he was back to say that Peter Rabbit would be delighted to go to the sweet clover patch the next morning.
Reddy grinned as he trudged off home. "I'll just be at
the clover patch an hour before