THE RAINBOW BOOK
would like to wear. " If only I had a fairy godmother, I------"
" Rubbish ! " exclaimed Wilfrid, growing cross, and frowning as he watched her moving restlessly about the room.
" I—of course, I wouldn't refuse her anything. Fairy godmothers generally appear at first disguised as old women, and ask for something, such as a drink of water, or beg you to carry a load of wood or whatever they happen to have in hand. So I should be ready to do anything and give anything, and earn my big reward."
" Oh, shurrup ! " growled her brother. " Much better lend me your paint-box."
But she didn't hear him; taken up with her fancies she continued excitedly—
" I know what I'll do. I'll try and tempt her to come. Perhaps I may even have a fairy godmother without knowing it! "
And she began to dance about, singing—
" Tra-la-la, fairy godmother, Come to me now, I pray ; Visit a little girl who is longing for you And will do anything you want. Tra-la-la, fairy godmother, come."
It wasn't very good poetry, but Norah hadn't
time to polish it up.