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A Tall Story and Other Tales by Margaret Mahy

By Margaret Mahy

A suite of imaginitive and funny tales bargains with an uncle who loves to speak about his adventures, a trip from Aunt Nasty, the family members witch, a woman who doesn't have a kite to fly on Kite Saturday, and different events

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He's a nice budgie," called Cathie. "His name is Nippy because he tries to bite our fingers. "If he bit your finger," said Mack, "he'd get a beakful of honey. " "Yes," Cathie cried like a squeaky echo, "there's a green visitor sitting on the table. The green visitor was Nippy, the Play Center budgie. Johnny wanted a blue budgie, not a green one. He went up to the Play Center cage and looked at Nippy. 48 " Nippy looked back at Johnny from " little black eyes. Nippy looked looked like a goblin in a round-shouldered pirate.

It took twenty minutes for Mr. Horatio Mills to arrive. He drove up in an old car, very clean and shining. Mr. Horatio Mills was rather like his car very old, but very spruce and well cared for. He smiled at Monty's parents, and shook hands with Monty. "Mr. " he said. Monty nodded. He felt too excited to speak. The box was on the table. Mr. Horatio Mills got out his glasses, polished them, and put them on. He examined the box and touched . . " his thin old hands. "Yes . "he said at last. "This is the He picked up the little pocketknife.

There was a strange sound over the phone: It seemed that Mr. Horatio Mills might be laughing. "I have had it," he said. "Indeed But I'll tell you about that '11 when I see you. I drive over now. It took twenty minutes for Mr. Horatio Mills to arrive. He drove up in an old car, very clean and shining. Mr. Horatio Mills was rather like his car very old, but very spruce and well cared for. He smiled at Monty's parents, and shook hands with Monty. "Mr. " he said. Monty nodded. He felt too excited to speak.

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