Peter Tries Ol' Mistah Buzzard
ETER RABBIT sat on the edge of the Smiling Pool and stared at the
place where Grandfather Frog had disappeared with a
great splash. He watched the tiny waves spread out in
rings that grew bigger and bigger and then finally
disappeared too. Now what did Grandfather Frog mean
when he said: "I'll see you in the spring, Peter
Rabbit?" Johnny Chuck had said that very same thing as
he had gone down the long hall of his snug house, yet
it would be a long, long time before spring, for it was
not winter yet. Where did they expect to be all winter,
and what did they
expect to do? The more Peter puzzled
over it, the less he could understand it.
"My head is whirling round and round,
So many funny things I've found;
Folks say it grows too cold to stay,
Yet do not seem to go away.
They talk of meeting in the spring
But don't explain a single thing.
"They just go into their houses and say good-by. I don't
understand it at all, at all," said Peter Rabbit,
staring at the big lily-pad on which Grandfather Frog
had sat all summer, watching for foolish green flies to
come his way. Somehow that big lily-pad made Peter
Rabbit feel terribly lonely. Then he had a happy
"I'll just run over and ask Ol' Mistah Buzzard what it
all means; he'll be sure to know," said Peter Rabbit,
and off he started, lipperty-lipperty-lip, for the
When Peter got where he could see the tall dead tree
that Ol' Mistah Buzzard had made his favorite
resting-place, he could see
Ol' Mistah Buzzard
stretching his big wings, as if he was getting ready to
fly. Peter hurried faster. He didn't want Mistah
Buzzard to get away before he could ask him what Johnny
Chuck and Grandfather Frog had meant. Peter couldn't
shout, because he hasn't much of a voice, you know, and
then he was out of breath, anyway. So he just made
those long legs of his go as fast as ever they could,
which is very fast indeed.
Just as Peter Rabbit almost reached the tall dead tree,
Ol' Mistah Buzzard jumped off the branch he had been
sitting on, gave two or three flaps with his great
wings, and then, spreading them out wide, began to sail
round and round and up and up, as only Ol' Mistah
"Wait! Wait! Please wait!" panted Peter Rabbit, but his
voice was so weak that Ol' Mistah Buzzard didn't hear
him. He saw Peter, however, but of course he didn't
know that Peter wanted to talk with him. With a long
swoop, Ol' Mistah Buzzard sailed off right over Peter's
"Good-by, Brer Rabbit; Ah'll see yo' in the spring!"
said Ol' Mistah Buzzard, and before Peter could say a
word, he was out of hearing up in the sky.
Peter watched him go up and up until he was just a speck in
the blue, blue sky.
"Now what did he mean by that? Is he going to stay up
in the sky until spring?" asked Peter Rabbit of
himself. But not knowing, of course he couldn't answer.