O nce there was a humming top who was very proud indeed of humming and spinning. He spun himself round all day long till the other toys got quite giddy with watching him. He hummed all the time, too. " Zoooooooooooom! " he sang. " Zooooooooooooom! "
" Do stop," said the baby doll. " I'm tired of hearing you."
" Yes, He down and have a rest," said the wooden soldier. " You make me tired."
" You are jealous of me because I can spin and hum and none of you can do the same! " sang the top, zooming even more loudly. " I shall run away from you. You are selfish, stupid toys! I shall go out into the big world and hum and spin all I like."
" Go then," said the wooden soldier. " You'll be sorry. It isn't often that toys have a beautiful nursery like this to live in, and a kind little girl like Katie to play with us."
The top spun round quickly. " Zooooooom! " it said. " There are better things than this! Good-bye! "
It spun itself out of the nursery—and down the stairs—and out of the back door—and down the garden path—and into the road! " Zooooooooooooom! " it went.
It met a duck waddling along. The duck stared in surprise. " Zooooooooom! " said the top. " I'm a wonder, I am! See me spin! Hear me hum! Zoooooom! Can you do that, duck? "
" Quack! " said the duck. " No, I've never seen any one like you before. I don't like you." The duck pecked at the top and it almost lost