Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere
Sat, 20 Mar 2010
Another story from the Princess Crnflower Diaries. Catch up with the whole story at diddilydeedotsdreamland|
Here is Princess Cornflower
with another story from her
there lived a poor workman who was very, very
strong. He could do as much work in one day as
another man could do in two.
His name was Tom Hickathrift, and
he had an only son whose name was exactly the same
as his fathers.
When the boy was ten years old
he was five feet and a half high and two feet and a
half broad; and he could eat... my could he eat as
much as four grown up men , so they say.
hand was like a small shoulder of mutton, and his
foot was just as big, to say nothing of his heel.
But neither he nor any one else knew just how
strong the lad really was.
Tom's father died young and his mum worked hard to
keep young Tom in food whilst he sat all day in the
chimney corner, doing nothing at all. He wouldn't
even talk, and people called him a fool and had no
His mother slept on straw
which soon grew very dirty. Then she would go to
the farmer and beg a bundle of new straw.
such a lot to do she decided one day to ask Tom to
go to the farmer for the bundle of new straw he had
"Of course I will go," said Tom,
"but could you first go and borrow a cart
His mother was that pleased that he was
willing to go that she went straight to her
neighbours for a cart rope. Then Tom wrapped it
round his shoulders and went off to the
When Tom arrived at the farm, the
farmer told him he could help himself to as much
straw as he could carry. So without more ado Tom
did just that.
He lay the rope in a straight
line and put a whole cart load of straw across it.
The farm hands stood round watching, they began to
"You will never be able to carry so much
straw, you'll end up breaking your back!"
Tom took no notice and he tied the rope, flung the
bundle across his shoulders, and walked off down
the lane without fault or stagger back to his
The farmer and his men stood by,
his incredible strength became known, Tom's lazy
days were over. No
more could he sit in the chimney corner doing as
little as possible, as
everyone wanted to hire him for work. Tom soon
found that work brought
its own reward and he became very merry, taking
delight in company,
going to fairs and meetings and he had many
adventures. Tom by now had also grown to the huge
height of eight foot.
There was a certain
man, a wealthy brewer who wanted a good
strong man to carry his casks of cider to the
town which was twenty miles away, he hired
"I will come and work for you." said Tom,
" If you will give me a new suit of clothes and as
much as I can to eat and drink. The brewer agreed
and that was it.
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