A Tall Story and Other Tales by Margaret Mahy

By Margaret Mahy

A suite of inventive and funny tales offers with an uncle who loves to discuss his adventures, a trip from Aunt Nasty, the relations witch, a woman who doesn't have a kite to fly on Kite Saturday, and different occasions

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Mr. Horatio Mills was rather like his car very old, but very spruce and well cared for. He smiled at Monty's parents, and shook hands with Monty. "Mr. " he said. Monty nodded. He felt too excited to speak. The box was on the table. Mr. Horatio Mills got out his glasses, polished them, and put them on. He examined the box and touched . . " his thin old hands. "Yes . "he said at last. "This is the He picked up the little pocketknife. " can see it's a most exciting story," said Mother. " She settled old Mr.

The trouble was 1 "Put it — too much in the hens' dish in the kitchen," said Mother. toast. " "They'd better not stand on it, " said Cathie very seriously. A minute later they were ready to go. Mother and Cathie were off to the Play Center. Mack and Johnny were off to school. Mother Nippy in his Play Center cage. Just as they were about to go. Nippy looked through the bars of his cage at Johnny. " he shouted, "Johnny! Johnny! Johnny! " gasped Johnny. "He called me. " said Mother. " For Johnny suddenly knew that he did not want a blue Cooney budgie after all.

And she sat at her door with a barrel of beer. And a bright gold ring in her old brown ear. And folk who passed by her they always agreed. That's a queer little, wry little, fierce little, spry little. Utterly strange little woman indeed! " The Witch-Dog There was once a mother whose children had all grown up and were either away at work or married. This mother now had nothing to do but tidy her already tidy house and weed her neat garden. She did not find this very interesting. So, one day, this mother said to her husband, "My her name was Mrs.

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