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Pigtail and Duckweed.

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Duckweed was swimming in the pond. Pigtail ran up to him.

"I'll race you to the old hickory tree," Pigtail said.

"Okay," said Duckweed. He hopped out of the pond and shook his feathers dry.

"Go!" said Pigtail. She dashed down the road, around the barn, and up the hill.

Duckweed wandered into the sunny meadow and listened to the birds sing.

"Hooray, I won!" Pigtail yelled. She jumped up and down under the old hickory tree.

"Congratulations!" Duckweed cried as he waddled back to the pond.

A few minutes later Pigtail ran up to Duckweed.

"I'll race you to the old hickory tree again," Pigtail said.

"Sure," said Duckweed. He hopped out of the pond and stretched his wings.

"Go!" said Pigtail. She took off running toward the old hickory tree.

Duckweed wandered behind a bed of daffodils and found a patch of wild strawberries.

"Hooray, I won!" Pigtail yelled. She danced under the old hickory tree.

"Congratulations!" Duckweed cried again and he waddled back to the pond.

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Soon Pigtail came up to Duckweed again.

"I'll race you once more," Pigtail said.

"Fine with me," said Duckweed. He hopped out of the pond and yawned.

"Go!" said Pigtail, and off she went.

Duckweed wandered to the edge of the pond, where he found a straw hat floating in the water.

"Hooray, I won!" Pigtail cheered. She spun in circles under the old hickory tree.

"Congratulations!" Duckweed cried again.

Before long, Pigtail was back at Duckweed's side.

"Why are you happy when you lose?" Pigtail asked.

Duckweed picked up the straw hat. "Follow me," he said.

He led Pigtail behind the bed of daffodils to the strawberry patch. Together they filled the straw hat with wild strawberries. Then they walked to the sunny meadow, where they ate berries and listened to the birds sing.

"Now do you know why I'm happy I lost?" asked Duckweed.

Pigtail smiled. "I think we both won."

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Illustrated by Deborah Gross
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Author:Levin, Neal
Publication:Humpty Dumpty's Magazine
Article Type:Short story
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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