CHAPTER I: Jerry Muskrat Has A Fright

What was it Mother Muskrat had said about Farmer Brown's boy and his
traps? Jerry Muskrat sat on the edge of the Big Rock and ...
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CHAPTER I: Jerry Muskrat Has A Fright

What was it Mother Muskrat had said about Farmer Brown's boy and his
traps? Jerry Muskrat sat on the edge of the Big Rock and kicked his
heels while he tried to remember. The fact is, Jerry had not half
heeded. He had been thinking of other things. Besides, it seemed to him
that Mother Muskrat was altogether foolish about a great many things.

"Pooh!" said Jerry, throwing out his chest, "I guess I can take care of
myself without being tied to my mother's apron strings! What if Farmer
Brown's boy is setting traps around the Smiling Pool? I guess he can't
fool your Uncle Jerry. He isn't so smart as he thinks he is; I can fool
him any day." Jerry chuckled. He was thinking of how he had once fooled
Farmer Brown's boy into thinking a big trout was on his hook.

Slowly Jerry slid into the Smiling Pool and swam over towards his
favorite log. Peter Rabbit stuck his head over the edge of the bank.
"Hi, Jerry," he shouted, "last night I saw Farmer Brown's boy coming
over this way with a lot of traps. Better watch out!"

"Go chase yourself, Peter Rabbit. I guess I can look out for myself,"
replied Jerry, just a little crossly.

Peter made a wry face and started for the sweet clover patch. Hardly was
he out of sight when Billy Mink and Bobby Coon came down the Laughing
Brook together. They seemed very much excited. When they saw Jerry
Muskrat, they beckoned for him to come over where they were, and when he
got there, they both talked at once, and it was all about Farmer Brown's
boy and his traps.

"You'd better watch out, Jerry," warned Billy Mink, who is a great
traveler and has had wide experience.

"Oh, I guess I'm able to take care of myself," said Jerry airily, and
once more started for his favorite log. And what do you suppose he was
thinking about as he swam along? He was wishing that he knew what a trap
looked like, for despite his boasting he didn't even know what he was
to look out for. As he drew near his favorite log, something tickled his
nose. He stopped swimming to sniff and sniff. My, how good it did smell!
And it seemed to come right straight from the old log. Jerry began to
swim as fast as he could. In a few minutes he scrambled out on the
old log. Then Jerry rubbed his eyes three times to be sure that he saw
aright. There were luscious pieces of carrot lying right in front of
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013528031
  • Publisher: SAP
  • Publication date: 11/24/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
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