THE TOP THAT RAN AWAY
Then it met a big cow and spun between its feet.
" Zoooooooooom! " said the top. " I'm a wonder, I am! See me spin! Hear me hum! Zooooom! Can you do that? "
" Moo! " said the cow in surprise. " Of course not. What do you suppose the farmer would say if I began to spin round on one leg and make a noise like a young aeroplane? Get away from my feet. You'll trip me up."
The top wouldn't get away. It went proudly spinning and zooming. The cow kicked it. What a shock for the top! It almost stopped spinning and very nearly fell over. But it just saved itself and then went on down the lane, still zooming at the top of its voice.
The next creature it met was a worm, and the top spun right up to it.
" Zoooom! " said the top. " I'm a wonder, I am! See me spin! Hear me hum! Zooooom! Can you do that? "
" No," said the worm in fright. l( And I don't want to either. If I spun round like that, all the birds of the air would see me and come flying down to get me. And no worm would make a terrible noise like that! Oooooh! Don't spin on me, top—you're hurting me! "
The top was most unkindly spinning on the worm's tail. The worm wriggled free, and shot down its hole at top speed. The top was pleased. My, what a grand time it was having, spinning and frightening every one out in the big world!
Soon the top came to where a large spider was talking to a bumblebee.
" Zooooooom! " said the top. " I'm a wonder, I am. See me spin! Hear me hum! Zooooom! Can you do that? "
" I can hum," said the bumble-bee quietly.
" And I can spin," said the spider, looking at the top with her eight eyes. " Don't spoil my web, top."
But the top did spoil it. It spun into it and broke it. The spider said nothing. " You are not telling the truth," said the top rudely. " You cannot spin! No one but a humming-top can spin! I'm a wonder, I am."
" Stay here for the night and I will show you how I and my family can spin," said the spider. " Bumble-bee, go and fetch all my family—the biggest you can find."