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Mama Moo on a Swing

By Jujja and Tomas Wieslander; Illustrations by Sven Nordqvist; Published by National Book Trust, India

It was a summerís day. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and the flies were buzzing. All the cows were grazing in the pasture -- all except Mama Moo.

Mama Moo had sneaked away from the others and jumped over the fence. She had taken her bicycle and rode off toward Crow Forest. She was carrying something in the package holder on her bicycle.

KNOCK-KNOCK-KNOCK!

Mama Moo knocked on Crowís branch. "Hi, Crow!", she whispered.

Mama Moo on a Swing, Stories for kids: 66_1.jpg Crow stuck his head out of his nest. He cried out so loudly that he could be heard a long way off.

"Hi, Mama Moo, is that you!

What are you doing here in the forest?

You should be out in the pasture chewing your cud and staring around like a normal cow."

"SHHH!" whispered Mama Moo,

"Donít talk so loud, I donít want the farmer to hear us."

FLAP, FLAP, THUD.

Crow flew down from his nest and landed on the handlebars.

"Have you run away again?" he asked.

"I just wanted to ask you if you could help me with something," Mama Moo said.

Just then Crow caught sight of something.

"Caw! Well what have you got in the package holder?" he wanted to know. "A board and two pieces of rope!"

"Itís to make a swing with, Crow," said Mama Moo.

"No way," said Crow firmly.

"Yes, it is," said Mama Moo quietly.

"I want to swing, you see.

I have long ropes. Theyíll reach up to the first branch, and you can tie them there."

Mama Moo on a Swing, Stories for kids: 66_2.jpg "ME!" he cried "TIE! Well, pull my tailfeathers!"

The crow flew off the handlebars. He flew around Mama Mooís head as fast as he could.

"Iím not setting up a swing for a COW!"

"But I canít tie it myself," Mama Moo answered sweetly.

"But you have wings that are like hands.

And I canít reach up to the first branch, but you can because you can fly."

Crow landed on a branch right in front of her nose.

"You are a cow, Mama Moo," he said. "A strange cow, but still a cow. CowsóDo NotóSwing."

"Thatís just the point," said Mama Moo. "Itís a pity that poor cows never get a chance to swing."

"Pity!" cried Crow. "Caw!" Cows walk around grazing, and then they lie down and chew their cud and stare at things. And then they go inside and get milked. They are quite satisfied with things the way they are."

"Would you be satisfied with that?" Mama Moo asked.

"Not me!" cried Crow, "Iím a crow."

"Iím not satisfied with it either," said Mama Moo.

"It doesnít matter what you say," said Crow.

"Iím simply not going to do it. Letís not discuss it any more."

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