Rabbits' Birthday Party
was a bustling in the meadow. Rabbits were hopping back and
forth. Peeka Pika looked down from the rock pile near the
meadow. "What's going on?" he thought. The next time he scurried
down to the meadow to gather some grass, he asked one of the
rabbits hopping by.
you know?" the rabbit exclaimed. "It's Hippity and Dippity's
birthday. We're getting ready for the party." "Can I come?"
Peeka Pika squeaked.
rabbits are invited." The rabbit wrinkled his nose smugly.
I'm your cousin. Everyone knows that pikas and rabbits are
guess you can come, then." The rabbit wiggled his ears and
Peeka arrived at the party early. He had licked his fur until
it was shining. He even brought a present: some tasty twigs
from his storehouse in the rocks.
Most of the rabbits were surprised to see Peeka. They wondered
what a pika was doing at the rabbit twins' party. But Hippity
and Dippity begged their mother to let Cousin Peeka stay.
Soon it was time for the birthday cake. It was a big cake
with three carrots for candles: one for Hippity, one for Dippity,
and one for good luck. Hippity closed his eyes and made a
wish. Then, with one bite, he snipped off all of the greens
from his carrot. Dippity also got all the greens from her
carrot in a single bite. And together they finished the greens
from the third carrot.
Then everyone had a piece of cake and a bite of carrot.
start the games," one of the rabbits shouted. The first contest
was to see who had the longest ears. Peeka Pika came in last.
Then there was a contest to see who had the fluffiest tail.
They all lined up and turned their backs, while the twins'
father looked at each tail in turn. Finally he came to Peeka
Pika. "Where is your tail?"
Peeka wiggled his tail. But it was so tiny that it was hidden
in his fur coat. The father rabbit couldn't even see it. So
Peeka Pika came in last in this contest too.
let's have a hopping race," someone shouted. They all lined
the father rabbit cried.
Before Peeka Pika could even get, started, all the rabbits
were hopping across the meadow. "I can't even hop," Peeka
thought. He sat down and cried.
Suddenly he heard screams coming from across the meadow. Rabbits
were hopping around wildly. Something was wrong.
Peeka Pika raced over to see what was the matter. Dippity
had fallen into a well. She was thrashing about, trying to
stay afloat. It was too deep for her to climb out.
The rabbits clustered around on top of the well, looking down
at her. They didn't know what to do. If someone didn't help
her soon, she would drown.
can save her! I can save her!" Peeka shouted.
too little to do anything," the rabbits scoffed. "You'll just
get in the way."
Peeka raced off to his home in the rock pile. He stood on
top of a rock and gave a high whistling call. Hundreds of
pikas popped their heads out of holes in the rocks and answered
him. Quickly Peeka told them what had happened. Then all the
pikas disappeared into their burrows. In a few minutes there
was a flood of pikas scurrying down the hill toward the well
where Dippity was still struggling. Each pika carried a bundle
in his mouth.
Dippity was getting weak now. She could hardly raise her paws
to paddle in the water. Suddenly there was a plop in the water
next to her. A small bundle of grass and twigs had dropped
down. Then there was another and another and another. The
pikas were waiting in line. Each, in turn, was dropping the
bundle that he had brought from his storehouse in the rock
Soon there were enough twigs and grasses to form a floating
raft. Dippity climbed up on it and rested.
Meanwhile, other pikas were busy twisting their grasses together
to form a strong rope. When it was long enough, they lowered
it into the well. Dippity grabbed the end of the grass rope
in her teeth and held on tight. Then the rabbits and pikas
pulled on the other end and quickly lifted her out of the
Dippity was safe. Everyone was happy. Peeka Pika was the hero.
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