THE TWO VERY MISCHIEVOUS GUINEA PIGS
A Story for 3 - 6 Year Olds
Helen Elizabeth Rawlinson
Rufus was very hungry. He was a tubby guinea pig who liked his food. He could be very naughty!
His brother, Albie, looked at him through his pink eyes. "Lizzy will be here soon with our breakfast," Albie said to Rufus.
Lizzy was the little girl who looked after Rufus and his brother Albie. Rufus wanted some food now. He could not wait. "Put your hat on Albie we are going out."
"Where?" asked Albie rather surprised.
"We are going into Farmer Frank's field, there are lots of lovely orange juicy carrots growing there," replied Rufus as he swung his scarf over his shoulder.
Albie did as he was told and put his hat and scarf on. "Lizzy will be cross with us," said Albie.
"We will be back before she comes," Rufus said as he undid the latch on their hutch.
Rufus and Albie slipped to the floor and hurried away down the garden path. They scurried past the rose bushes and under the fence into Farmer Frank's field.
They met Bert the sparrow, a small brown bird who was busy wrestling with a long wriggly worm. Bert liked worms for his breakfast.
In the long grass naughty Rufus and his brother Albie could see Clive the grasshopper munching bugs. Clive liked bugs for his breakfast.
"Are we nearly there yet?" asked Albie. He was getting very tired.
"A little bit further," replied Rufus.
They were now in the middle of Farmer Frank's field and Rufus and Albie's eyes widened when they saw all the lovely juicy carrots.
"These are really good," Albie said as he gnawed on a very big carrot indeed. Rufus didn't reply as he had his mouth full. He was chewing on a carrot excitedly.
One after another, Rufus and his brother Albie, ate and ate. Albie started to feel sick, his tummy was all swollen from eating too many carrots. He went for a lie down. Rufus looked like he was going to explode. He had eaten even more carrots than Albie and his tummy was starting to ache!
Both Rufus and Albie fell asleep in the early morning sunshine. They were later awoken by Bert the sparrow.
"Rufus, Albie, I think you had better go home and quickly. Lizzy is throwing bread for us onto the lawn so it won't be long before she will be coming out with your breakfast."
Lizzie always fed bread to the birds that liked to fly into the garden first thing in the morning and then she would go back into the house to bring out food for Rufus and Albie.
Rufus jumped up, "Quick Albie we must hurry home."
Albie rubbed his eyes. He was still feeling sleepy.
"Are we going to get into trouble Rufus?" Albie asked.
"Not if we run really fast," replied Rufus.
Rufus and Albie ran as fast as they could. They didn't notice Clive the grasshopper.
"Hey watch it you two!" shouted Clive as Rufus and Albie squashed some of Clive's bugs with their short stubby legs.
"Sorry Clive," replied Rufus as he and Albie disappeared into the distance.
They scurried under the fence and past the rose bushes back to their hutch. They clambered inside and quietly closed the door.
Just then Lizzy appeared with a dish of food for their breakfast. Lizzy looked puzzled as she stared at Albie. The normally white fur under his mouth was an orange colour from the juice of all the carrots he had eaten.
Rufus just smiled as Lizzy slowly turned away, shaking her head and went back into the house. How odd she thought!
"That was close," gasped Albie but Rufus didn't hear him as he was too busy eating another breakfast!
© Helen Rawlinson, December 2000
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