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41 Illustrated Children's Stories from Enid Blyton

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THE COCKALORUM BIRD
you. Well, I warned you last night. Now I shall whip you, Benny."
Benny was frightened. He ran here and there in the garden, trying to escape from his father. Sarah watched and thought that really he looked just like the hen he had been chasing a few minutes since. His father caught Benny at last, gave him a good whipping and sent him indoors.
" And if you start any tricks, you'll have the same punishment!" he said to Sarah. The little girl looked round nervously for the Cockalorum Bird, hoping that it wouldn't screech and get her into trouble, but it seemed to have
disappeared.
Oh, you unkind thing,' in tears.
cried Sarah,
She took a book, sat down on
the grass and began to read. Presently she saw a spider hanging from her web nearby, mending a little hole in it. Sarah watched. When the spider had finished her mending she ran back to a leaf and hid there. Then Sarah did an unkind thing. She took a twig and made a big hole in the web so that the spider would have to mend it all over again. She and Benny were always doing things like that. No sooner had she done this than she felt something on her shoulder, and there was the Cockalorum Bird again, looking out of bright blue eyes at her. He opened his beak and gave a loud screech.
Sarah's mother came to the door. " It's a good thing your father has gone out to buy a paper," she said, crossly, " or he would most certainly have whipped you for that, Sarah. I really can't think what has come over you children the last day or two—so noisy, so disobedient! Come indoors and I will give you some mending to do. I will not have you making those horrible, screeching, whistling noises! "
So Sarah had to go indoors. Her mother put the mending basket
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