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Thu, 24 Feb 2011
The Happy Family, when mum and dad realise they are the only ones of their kind left... they decide to take things into their own houses.

Peter Quince

Burdock Fairy

Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere

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THE HAPPY FAMILY

by Hans Christian Andersen.


              The largest green leaves that you can find in the country are the burdock leaves; if a little girl takes one of them and holds it in front of the skirt of her frock, it serves her as an apron; and if she places it on her head, it is almost as good a shelter against the rain as an umbrella, it is so large. never is a burdock leaf found growing alone; wherever one grows a whole colony grows.  They are beautiful too, but all their beauty is for the snails. 

             Those large white snails, of which great folks in olden times made fricassees, dined off Snail on
Burdock leafthe burdock leaves.  They ate greedily of them, saying all the while,  "Hum, how nice, how exquisite!" for they thought the snails delicious.  These snails lived upon the burdock leaves, and they imagined the burdock leaves had been sown for their sakes.

        

         There was an old-fashioned manor house where snails were no longer cooked and eaten, because not only had the custom dies away, but the owners of the house had died, and no one lived in it.  But burdock leaves grew near, and they had not died.  They grew and multiplied; and as there was no one to weed them out, they spread over all the paths and all the beds till the garden at last became a wilderness of burdock leaves.  Here and there might still be seen a solitary apple or plum tree, otherwise no one could possibly have guessed that this had ever been a garden, for on all sides you saw nothing but burdock leaves.  ...... more at Fairy Stories, diddilydeedotsdreamland .

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