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Thu, 21 May 2009
This new story is on page Hey Diddle Diddle , Chapter Two of the Old Woman who lived in a Shoe
THE OLD WOMAN WHO
LIVED IN A
Two The Old Woman looked up. "Good
evening to you, I'm sure, and it's very good of you
to help me," she said, "but where are you?" For she
saw nobody but her children, and she was sure that
it wasn't one of them.
"Whereare you looking?"
said the voice again. "I'm not far away from your
When the Old Woman heard that she looked
down at the stream, and there half in and half out
of it, she saw a big green frog with golden eyes
staring at her.
"Now you want a new house I
suppose," said the frog.
"I do want it sadly,"
said the Old Woman, for we have nowhere to live,
and I haven't got a penny to pay for the building
the frog. "What should I do with money? But I have
seen how you work so hard and I don't like to think
of you without a home. Besides, it would be sad for
your husband to come home and find his house burnt
down. Now take off your shoe."
Old Woman took off one of her shoes, wondering how
this would help. But she didn't have to wonder
long, he splashed some water over it, and as the
water touched it the shoe creaked and squeaked,
turned and stretched itself into a house! And a
beautiful house it was too.
The Old Woman could hardly believe her eyes, she
shut them , blinked and opened them again and the
house was still there.
"Well go along indoors," said the frog.
"There's the house, but I must give you this
warning. You may use the water from the stream to
water the garden as much as you like, but, you must
never use it for washing, cooking, drinking,
scrubbing or anything like that. That water MUST be
drawn from the well. Goodbye! I hope you'll be
happy in your new house." And before the Old Woman
had time to thank him, he had turned round, jumped
into the deep water and puff he was gone.
To look at it from the outside it
just looked like a larger version of her shoe, but
once inside, well as you can see in the picture it
was a home, that indeed was big enough for the Old
Woman and her twenty three children, and something
realy special. by the side of her bed was another
shoe, just like the one she had given to the frog.
Which was a good job really for the Old Woman only
had the one pair.
The Old Woman
looked through out the house, and with a contented
smile on her face she went outside and took the
harness off the donkey and began unloading the cart
of her shopping and empty crates.
very upset for what they had done, helped their
mother to unload the cart and they did help the
following day, and the day after that, and the old
woman was pleased that the children had at last
began to behave themselves. But sad to say it
didn't last long and by the time the next market
day arrived it was almost the same as
The next market morning
the Old Woman was up and gave the children their
porridge and went out to harness the donkey, she
had packed the cart as usual and Zed had filled the
basket with fresh eggs and he put these next to
the vegetables to be sold.
Returning to the kitchen, she gathered up all the
children and bade them sit down and listen: "Now my
dears I must be off to the market. Be good while I
am away. Take the goats and geese to the pasture,
and there are a lot of weeds in the carrot
patch, I want them removing before they choke the
young carrots. And as it is a wash day, I want all
the washing put in the wash tub to soak. BUT
remember you must draw the water from the well.
DON'T take any from the stream. Oh yes and there's
Did I mention that you will find the story in Hey
diddle diddle, here in the Castle.
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