‘Pop down to the shop for me, will you, Steven,’…..
asked his Mum, ‘and buy six eggs…..
three oranges for the baby…..
and a packet of crisps.’
So he did. He went to the grocer’s and got the shopping. But when he came out of the shop there was a bear.
‘I want those eggs,’ said the bear. ‘If you don’t give them to me, I will squeeze all the breath out of you!’
‘If I threw an egg up in the air, you are so slow I bet you couldn’t even catch it,’ said Steven.
‘Me slow!’ said the bear…..
and Steven escaped – but there were only…..
five eggs left.
A bit further on, Steven met a monkey.
‘Give me those bananas,’ said the monkey, or I’ll pull your hair.’
‘If I threw a banana onto that kennel over there, you are so noisy I bet you couldn’t get it without waking the dog,’ replied Steven.
‘Me noisy!’ said the monkey…..
and Steven escaped – but there were only four bananas left.
When Steven got to where there were some men digging up the pavement, he met a kangaroo.
‘Give me those apples or I’ll thump you,’ said the kangaroo.
‘If I threw an apple over that tent, you are so clumsy I bet you couldn’t even jump over to get it,’ replied Steven.
‘Me clumsy!’ said the kangaroo…..
and, you’ve guessed it; Steven escaped – but there were only three apples left.
And so the story continued, and each time Steven escaped – but each time one thing was lost. One orange…..
(he played his trick on a pig)
and the crisps…..
(he played his trick on an elephant).
Anyway, Steven eventually got home…..
but with rather less shopping than his mother had originally asked for.
I wonder what he had for his tea…..
(The original story, The Shopping Basket, was written by John Burningham)