There was once a little boy
named Mutchi who always wanted to do whatever he
saw other people or even animals
When he looked
through the window and saw a rider on a horse,
Mutchi cried, "I want to ride! I want to
When he played
in the garden and saw a bird flying from tree to
tree he cried, "I want to fly! I want to
And when he
looked into the clear stream and saw the fishes
swimming to and fro he clapped his little hands and
cried, "I want to swim! I want to
One day Mutchi
was in the garden playing horses all alone. He
cracked his whip and shouted, "Gallop, gallop,
trot, trot, trot! Now I'm ready to
As he jumped up and down a white pony with a golden
saddle on its back came trotting along the
The pony came to
the little boy's side, knelt down, and said, "Jump
Mutchi sprang on the horses
back and cried, "Hurrah! Now I can ride, Gallop,
gallop, trot, trot, trot!"
Outside in the
lane stood Mutchi's sister.
are you going, Mutchi? she asked.
"Out into the world.
Will you come too? There is plenty of room for you
to sit behind me."
stay," laughed Mutchi, and he cracked his whip, and
the pony galloped as fast as a pony could
galloped through a wide, wide field, then over a
steep, steep hill, then through a thick, deep
As they came out
of the thick, deep wood thay saw a grean meadow
where pretty flowers grew.
The pony trotted
across the green meadow and then along a sandy
over the sandy beach ans saw the sea shining on the
The pony was
getting tired now. He trotted slowly, and at last
he said, "I can go no farther. You must jump down
"No, no," said
Mutchi. I want to go on and on and
The pony kicked
his hind legs up in the air, and bump! bump! down
went Mutchi on the sand. He rolled over twice, and
then went splash! splash! into the
A red-gold fish came swimming by.
Mutchi sprang on its back, held on to a fin with
his little hands, and laughed. "Now I can go on!
Now I am swimming! Hurrah!"
So they went on in the blue water and dived down to
the bottom of the sea.
And all the little fishes swam around them and
cried with glee, "This is Mutchi. This is little
Mutchi. He has come to swim with us in the
At the bottom of the sea white shells were
gleaming, and red sea stars were shining. But when
Mutchi tried to look at them his eyes were filled
with water, and he cried to the fish, "I want to go
up again. Please take me up out of the
fish swam up, and just as Mutchi's head rose above
the water a great bird came along.
The great bird seized Mutchi in its beak, tossed
him onto his back, and flew off with
"Hurrah!" cried Mutchi. "Now I am flying! Now I am
flying! What a fine fellow I am!"
higher, fly higher." said Mutchi to the bird. "I
want to see the sun. Take me up to the
"I cannot fly as far as that," said the bird. "If
you want to get higher you must get into a
will get into a cloud," laughed
He spread out his hands and sank into a white cloud
that was floating by - a cloud that was soft, soft
Then the cloud grew grey, and then it grew
All at once Mutchi felt tears on his face and
I think they are tears from my mother," he said
sadly. "I think she is crying because I am not at
"You are right," said the cloud. "They are your
"Let me down!" he cried. "Let me down! I do not
want to go to the sun. I want to go home to my
"Very well," said the cloud, and it began to
Lower, and lower.
Bump! Bump! There was Mutchi, lying under the hazel
bush in the garden.
His mother saw him, and cried: "Oh, here is Mutchi
back again. here he is safe and sound under the
And Mutchi's little sister clapped her hands and
danced with joy.
What a lovely, little
story, I don't know a lot about Stella Mead, and
what I do have is in one of my old annuals from
1931. Maybe I shall find some more, I do hope