One autumn when I was a little girl and my
sister was a very little girl, it rained and rained. It was October. It
was very cold, and it rained every day. When we went out, we put on our
But my little sister liked to walk in the water. One day she walked in the water, and her feet got wet. So she caught a bad cold, and she had red eyes.
"You can't go out," said my mother. "You must stay at home and be a good girl."
But my sister did not like that.
"I want to go out in the rain! I want to go out!"
"Look at the pictures in your book," said my mother.
"I don't want to! I want to go out in the rain!"
My little sister was very naughty.
Then my mother said:
"I shall give you my scissors, and you can cut out pictures."
My mother gave her some old books and the
scissors, and my little sister began to cut out pictures. She cut out a
dog and a cat, and a brown bear and a red fox. She cut out some flowers
and many other pictures.
Then she saw a big box on a chair. She
opened the box and saw a beautiful dress with pretty blue flowers on it.
My naughty little sister wanted to cut out only one flower. She did so.
She liked it and began to cut out many flowers.
Suddenly my mother came in. She was very angry.
"You are a bad, bad girl," she said. "That was my best dress. I shall not give you the scissors again."
And she didn't.