Danny Meadow Mouse and His Short Tail
LL Danny Meadow Mouse could think about was his short
tail. He was so ashamed of it that whenever any one
passed, he crawled out of sight so that they should not
see how short his tail is. Instead of playing in the
sunshine as he used to do, he sat and sulked. Pretty
soon his friends began to pass without stopping.
Finally one day old
"What's the matter?" asked old Mr. Toad.
"Nothing," replied Danny Meadow Mouse.
"I don't suppose that there really is anything the
matter, but what do you think is the matter?" said old
Danny fidgeted, and old Mr. Toad looked up at jolly,
"Yes," said Danny.
"Got plenty to eat and drink, haven't you?" continued
"Yes," said Danny.
"Seems to me that that is a pretty good looking suit of
clothes you're wearing," said
Danny hung his head. Finally he looked up and caught a
kindly twinkle in old
"So that's what's the matter! Ha! ha! ha! Danny Meadow
Mouse, I'm ashamed of you! I certainly am ashamed of
For a minute Danny didn't know just what to say. "I—I—I'd look so much better if I had a long tail," he ventured.
Old Mr. Toad just laughed. "You never saw a Meadow Mouse with a long tail, did you? Of course not. What a sight it would be! Why, everybody on the Green Meadows would laugh themselves sick at the sight! You see you need to be slim and trim and handsome to carry a long tail well. And then what a nuisance it would be! You would always have to be thinking of your tail and taking care to keep it out of harm's way. Look at me. I'm homely. Some folks call me ugly to look at. But no one tries to catch me as Farmer Brown's boy does Billy Mink because of his fine coat; and no one wants to put me in a cage because of a fine voice. I am satisfied to be just as I am, and if you'll take my advice, Danny Meadow Mouse, you'll be satisfied to be just as you are."
"Perhaps you are right," said Danny Meadow Mouse after a little. "I'll try."