Granny Fox Takes A Nap

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Granny takes a nap

In Granny takes a nap, that old did something very unusual. Granny got caught napping. This was quite unlike Granny.

It was so unusual to see Granny taking a nap that the little people of Green Forest and the Green Meadows would say:

“You must your eyes wide open keep
To catch Old Granny Fox asleep.”

Why on earth would Granny Fox take a nap?

Old Granny Fox is so smart, so clever, and so keenly on the watch at all times, that no one ever fools her or gets ahead of her. Reddy Fox is smart, very smart, but he’s not as smart as Old Granny Fox.

You see, Reddy Fox hasn’t lived nearly as long as Granny Fox. As a result, Granny has a lot of information stored in her head. Poor Reddy Fox does not even know half of that information!

Once in a while, however, even the smartest people are caught napping. Yes, children, that happens. The smartest of people do become careless sometimes.

That was the situation with Old Granny Fox. With all her smartness and cleverness and wisdom she grew careless. All of the smartness and cleverness and wisdom in the world is useless if the possessor becomes careless.

Old Granny Fox became careless because of pride. She believed that no one else was able to outsmart her. That is, no one except Old Man Coyote.

Proud Old Granny Fox actually believed that no one was smart enough ever to surprise her. When a person believes that no one else in all the Great World is quite so smart, he or she is getting ready to fall.

That person is like Peter Rabbit trying to jump out on the smooth ice of the Smiling Pool in winter. Peter was definitely going to fall. It was this way with Old Granny Fox.

Granny Fox took a nap because she believed humans couldn’t catch her

Granny Fox also became careless and got caught taking a nap because she believed humans couldn’t catch her.

She had lived near Farmer Brown’s house so long and he couldn’t catch her. Farmer Brown’s son and Bowser the Hound had hunted her so often and couldn’t catch her that she grew careless.

Granny Fox had gotten the idea that they would never catch her regardless of what she did. That belief is something no Fox or anybody else can afford to do.

Granny Fox took naps on the little hill at the edge of Green Forest

Let’s talk about the place where Granny Fox loved to take naps. On the edge of the Green Forest was a warm, sunny knoll. A knoll, as you may or may not know, is a little hill.

The knoll overlooked the Green Meadows and was the most pleasant and comfortable place for a memorable sun-nap. At least, that is what Old Granny Fox thought.

She took sun-naps there very often because the knoll was her favorite resting place.

Granny Fox had a clever trick to shake Bowser the Hound off her trail if he ever found it and chased her. If he ever chased her, she would run until she was tired and had all of the exercise she needed or wanted.

After shaking Boser the Hound off her trail, she would hurry straight to that knoll to rest and grin at her own cleverness.

But exactly how did Granny Fox get caught taking a nap?

Let’s tell you how Granny Fox got caught taking a nap. It took place one day when there was fresh snow on the ground. Granny left her footprint in the snow every time she put a foot down.

She left the print of her body wherever she lay curled up in the sun. These prints were very plain to see, and Farmer Brown’s boy saw them.

Farmer Brown’s son had been tramping through the Green Forest late in the afternoon. He happened to see Granny’s footprints. He followed them just for fun and they led to the sunny knoll.

Granny had left some time before, but the print of her body remained in the snow. Farmer Brown’s boy saw it and grinned. Granny Fox would have been very uncomfortable if she had seen that grin.

Granny Fox was in danger because Farmer Brown’s son had found the place where she was in the habit of taking a sun-nap.

He muttered quietly:

So this is the place where you rest, Old Mrs. Fox, after you run Bowser almost off his feet. I think we will give you a surprise one of these days.

Yes, indeed, I think we will give you a surprise. You have fooled us many times, and now it is our turn.”

The next day Farmer Brown’s boy shouldered his terrible gun and sent Bowser the Hound to hunt for the trail of Old Granny Fox. Soon Bowser’s great voice told all the Great World that he had found Granny’s tracks.

Farmer Brown’s son grinned just as he had the day before. He took his terrible gun and went over to the Green Forest. He hid under some pine boughs right on the edge of that sunny knoll.

He waited patiently for a long, long time. He heard Bowser’s great voice growing more and more excited as he followed Old Granny Fox. Soon Bowser stopped baying and began to yelp impatiently.

Farmer Brown’s son knew exactly what that meant. It meant that Granny had played one of her smart tricks and that Bowser had lost her trail.

Granny Fox arrived at the hill where Farmer Brown’s son lay in wait

A few minutes later Old Granny Fox came out of the Green Forest. She was grinning, because she had fooled Bowser the Hound, and could take a nap in peace.

Still grinning, Granny Fox turned around two or three times to make herself comfortable. With a sigh of contentment, she curled up for her sun-nap. She fell asleep in a few minutes.

Farmer Brown’s son was hiding behind the pine boughs. He was grinning as he sat holding his terrible gun.

At last he had caught Old Granny Fox napping.


By Baby Milestones

Baby Milestones is dedicated to sharing information about the month-by-month milestones of child development. We also teach about the development of the inner, human spirit; childhood diet; the importance of play; how to raise children to love God, and much more.

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