Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Elf and the Dormouse

So - did you wonder how the Umbrella was invented?  Here's the answer:

The Elf and the Dormouse
by Oliver Herford

Under a toadstool
Crept a wee Elf,
Out of the rain
To shelter himself.

Under the toadstool,
Sound asleep,
Sat a big Dormouse
All in a heap.

Trembled the wee elf,
Frightened, and yet
Fearing to fly away
Lest he get wet.

To the next shelter ---
Maybe a mile!
Sudden the wee Elf
Smiled a wee smile,

Tugged till the toadstool
Toppled in two.
Holding it over him
Gaily he flwer.

Soon he was safe home
Dry as could be.
Soon woke the Dormouse ----
"Good gracious me!

Where is my toadstool?"
Loud he lamented.
---And that's how umbrellas
First were invented.

Pretty sure it's true.  ;-)

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