S: Zipper and the Dandelions Written By Memaw
FC: Zipper and the Dandelions Written By Memaw
1: Zipper and the Dandelions Written by Memaw 2012
3: Zipper was the cutest bunny who had ever been born in Hopville. He had a little button nose, little fuzzy ears, little brown eyes, soft brown fur, and a big fluffy, white tail.
4: He lived with his mother and father in a big den at the bottom of a giant tree where the meadow grew into the forest. All the other young bunnies were bigger and faster than Zipper.
5: Every day after a lunch of fresh carrots and lettuce and yummy strawberries, all the young rabbits would go into the meadow to play.
6: And every day Zipper would ask his mother if he could go play in the meadow today.
7: But his mother always said "Not today, Zipper. The farmer's children play in that meadow and they love to catch little bunnies and tickle their tummies, so you have to run away before they can catch you. You aren't fast enough, yet, to go to the meadow."
8: Zipper had to play bunny games all by himself until the other young bunnies came back from the meadow.
9: The bigger bunnies would tell Zipper how much fun they had in the meadow. They would tell him if he got tall enough and fast enough, he could go to the meadow and play bunny chase with them. | Zipper really, really wanted to go to the meadow!
10: One day, Zipper asked his mother if he could go to the meadow today and guess what? His mother said yes! Zipper was so excited that he could barely eat his lunch | As soon as the other bunnies were through eating, Zipper ran out the front door and ran to the edge of the meadow.
12: When Zipper saw the meadow, he said "WOW! Oh, WOW!" The meadow was beautiful. There were flowers everywhere -- purple clover, yellow sunflowers, pink buttercups, and a great big patch of fluffy white dandelions right in the middle of the meadow.
13: All the bunnies ran into the meadow and started playing bunny chase. Zipper ran and ran and ran. He still wasn't fast enough to catch the bigger bunnies, but he didn't even care.
14: He was having so much fun just running in the flowers, and, of course, once in awhile he would stop and eat some of the delicious purple clover.
15: Zipper was sitting in the middle of a patch of purple clover when he heard a strange sound.
16: What was that? The older bunnies ran past Zipper and yelled "Run, Zipper, run! It's the farmer's children. Don't let them catch you!" And they were gone. | Zipper didn't know what to do. He was really afraid.
17: He ran and ran, but the children were getting closer to him and he was still in the middle of the meadow. And then Zipper knew exactly what he was going to do.
18: When the farmer's children got to the middle of the meadow they stopped and looked around for bunnies to tickle. It was so much fun to tickle the bunnies on their tummies and watch them wiggle and wiggle before they put the bunnies down.
19: The children looked and looked, but today there weren't any bunnies to find. | All they could see were flowers.
20: Finally, the farmer's children got tired of looking and they left the meadow and went home for dinner.
21: The older bunnies had been hiding under the trees, but as soon as the children were all gone, the bunnies ran back into the meadow.
22: They were looking for Zipper. But they couldn't see him anywhere. Where could he be? The oldest bunny called and said "Zipper. It's okay to stop hiding. The children are gone. Where are you?"
23: And then, right in the middle of the meadow, one of the dandelions wiggled. What? The bunnies were very careful when they got to the edge of the dandelion patch.
24: When they moved the flower stems apart, there was Zipper, standing on his head with his big fluffy white tail up in the air. His tail looked just like dandelions!!! He had been hiding there and the children never saw him because he looked just like a dandelion. How funny!!
25: Zipper and the other bunnies ran home and Zipper told his mother and father how scared he had been when the children came into the meadow. He told them he couldn't run fast enough to get away from the children, so he decided to hide in the dandelions.
26: His mother and father were so proud that he was such a smart little bunny. No bunny had ever thought of pretending to be a dandelion before.
27: All the bunnies decided that from now on, they would all stand on their heads and hide in the dandelions.
28: Everyone got an extra cup of blackberries for dinner that night to celebrate.
29: So the next time you see a patch of dandelions, look very, very closely -- you may be surprised. There may be some bunny tails in there, too, just hiding and waiting.