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The Hedley Kow: an English folktale.


Long ago, near the village of Hedley, there lived a strange and playful play·ful  
1. Full of fun and high spirits; frolicsome or sportive: a playful kitten.

 trickster trickster, a mythic figure common among Native North Americans, South Americans, and Africans. Usually male but occasionally female or disguised in female form, he is notorious for exaggerated biological drives and well-endowed physique; partly divine, partly human, . Sometimes it looked like an ordinary object. Sometimes it looked like a donkey donkey: see ass.
 or burro

Descendant of the African wild ass that has been used as a beast of burden since 4000 BC. The average donkey stands about 40 in. (100 cm) high at the shoulder, but breeds range from 24 to 66 in.
 or a goat or even a cow. It was known as the Hedley Kow.

One evening, an old woman was returning home from helping a neighbor. As she went along the path, she saw an old iron pot lying in the ditch ditch (ditching),
n the undesirable loss of tooth substance in the region of a restoration margin (usually gingival).
. "Fancy that," she said. "Nobody seems to want this old pot. I will take it home and plant pretty flowers in it."

When she tried to lift it, she saw that it was full of gold pieces. "Well, now, if that doesn't beat all," she said. "I'm rich! I can buy a fine house and fancy clothes. I'll never want for a thing."

The pot was heavy, so she tied her shawl around it and began to drag it home. After a while, she stopped to rest. When she looked in the pot, she was amazed a·maze  
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.

2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.

 to see that it was full of silver pieces!

"Oh, my!" she said. "Aren't I the lucky one! If it were gold, thieves would have been after me. My friends might have been jealous. But I can hide these silver pieces, take out a few at a time, and live like a queen."

On she went, pulling the pot after her. She was nearing home now. At her gate, she looked into the pot. What a surprise! The silver had changed into a lump of iron. "Iron," she said. "Well, now! No one will be jealous or want to steal this Steal This is an EP by The Explosion. It was released in 2000 on Revelation Records. Its title is a sarcastic jab at the legal troubles resulting in the EP's recording.  from me. I can use this iron to prop open my door and let in fresh air and sunlight. Lucky me!"

As soon as she said that, the pot began to grow. It grew hooves hooves  
A plural of hoof.


a plural of hoof

hooves hoof
 and a tail. It grew a long, cow-like body and a head like a goat's. Then it jumped up and ran off down the road laughing.

"Fancy that!" exclaimed the old woman. "I believe I have seen the Hedley Kow! Not many folks can say that, and that's a fact. I'll just sit up by my fire tonight thinking about how lucky I was to see it for myself. I truly must be the luckiest person in the world!"


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Author:Bolchunos, Marilyn
Publication:Highlights for Children
Article Type:Short story
Date:Feb 1, 2009
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