Ware the Foxy Gentleman!

>This is a favorite story that my children actually watch (they can’t read yet). Our version is the BBC animated production, very faithful to the original edition published 100 years ago in 1908 (PPL has a copy, shown here). Jemima Puddle-Duck is not allowed to keep her eggs in the farmyard, so she leaves to find a good nesting-place, and is hoodwinked into using the “summer residence” (an old shed) of a “foxy-whiskered gentleman.” Fortunately Kep (the farm’s collie and all ’round hero) catches on, rounds up a couple of hounds, and follows her into the forest before the fox can have her and her eggs for dinner. The dogs roust the fox and run him off, but (unfortunately) also eat her eggs. A tough life-lesson for the duck, but of course that’s the nature of such lessons.

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