The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck: A Story about Trust
. Reader's Digest Young Families . Pleasantville, NY
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Here is an extra copy. This story is not from the fable world I know. Jemima is dissatisfied living on the farm because her eggs are taken from her and hatched by hens. The farmer's wife thinks that ducks are poor sitters. Jemima goes off into the world to find a fitting place to hatch her chicks. That she is naïve would be an understatement. She meets a fox reading the sports page and he offers her his shed as a great place for a nest. I love eggs and ducklings, he says. Soon he is telling Jemima to bring herbs for a feast including omelettes, and she still does not realize that she and her children are to be the food. Luckily, she confides in Kep, a collie, who quickly rallies some of the local foxhounds to save Jemima. They scare off the fox, and she can return to the farm to hatch her own eggs there. What a wonderful sight it is to see a proud mother duck wit her very own ducklings.