The first nice thing to happen began with Mrs Duck, she asked them into breakfast - that was a piece of luck.
Breakfast done, they said "Good-bye" then wandered far and wide. Then they met a tall Giraffe, with Penguin by his side. "We're looking for adventure," cried Manty happ-i-ly! "What a very funny thing," said Penguin "so are we!"
They wandered on together 'til Penguin shouted "Look!" There they saw quite close to them, a most unhappy cook! Crying for the apple pies she's made for master's tea. Sailor men had captured them and carried them to sea.
"Come!" cried Manty "after them - we'll find those apple pies." Then they saw an aeroplane - it came down from the skies. And to the coast it took them - Giraffe, a bit too tall, had to sit upon the roof - good thing he did not fall.
"Something wrong!" the airman said, such a splendid fellow. Down they came by parachute - Manty came by 'brella.
Off they went by submarine - Giraffe was periscope - "We'll soon find those pies" cried Manty, full of hope.
My rule? Don’t buy books repaired with Tape! But how could I resist? Anyway; the tape is only on the cover and spine edge (that’s me making excuses to myself!)
I made an offer. The bookseller promptly refused. I explained my rule about not buying books with tape repairs, and he explained his rule about not reducing his prices! So I walked away only to walk right back! We talked some more, and I ended up paying the asking price. I'm such a push over where books are involved!
I’ve come to the conclusion the tape really doesn’t matter as the illustrations are so enchanting. I especially like the Boo Boos (Mabel Lucie Attwell's name for pixies) and the little white dog.
This is such a fragile book, there can’t be that many around, so I think I made the right decision. But what about you would you have resisted?