Peter Cottontail and the Great Mitten Hunt
By Laura Norton
Linda Karl and Christopher Nowell
It was the day before Easter and Peter Cottontail was
very busy.As the Chief Easter Bunny,it was his job to hide all the eggs
for all the Easter egg hunts around the world.
Peter wanted to be sure that he had enough of the beautifully colored
eggs for everyone.So he was counting them all.But he kept getting distracted
and losing count.
First,Peter thought he heard the meow of one little kitten.But he didn't
see a kitten.Next he thought he heard two meows from two kittens,but he
still didn't see anything.
Then Peter thought he heard three meows from three little kittens.
"Maybe they're outside,"thought Peter.So,he opened the door
and sure engough...
There sat three unhappy,little kittens.Peter asked them what was wrong.
"We were playing hide-and-seek with our mittens,"explained the
kittens."We are very good at hiding,but we are not very good at seeking.And
now our mittens are lost."
"If you help me count my eggs,then I can help you find your mittens,"Peter
The three little kittens were so happy that they began to dance and sing.
Everyone went into the house and,one-two-three,they counted all the eggs.There
were enough eggs for everyone and even three too many.
"Great!"said Peter."It's good to have extra eggs,just in
case any break.Now let's find your mittens."
Off went Peter Cottontail and the three little kittens,with Peter Cottontail
hopping big-bunny hops and the kittens racing along to keep up.
First,they passed a house made of straw-but no one was there.
Next they passed a house made of sticks.No one was home there either.
Finally,they came to a very nice house made of bricks.
Peter and the three kittens knocked on the door of the pretty brick brick.Soon,three
little pigs came out to meet them.
"Welcome!Welcome!"said the three little pigs."We are so
glad to have visitors.The Big Bad Wolf chased all our friends away and
no one visit us anymore.Won't you come in for a while?"
Peter and the kittens explained that they were looking for the kittens'
lost mittens.This made the kittens so sad that they began to cry.
"Don't cry,little kittens,"said the three pigs."We haven't
see any mittens,but you are welcome to look around."
So everyone looked,but they didn't find the kitten's mittens.
"You should ask Humpty Dumpty,"suggested the three little pigs."He
sits so high up on his wall that he sees everything.Maybe he has seen
Peter and the three kittens thanked the pigs and said good-bye.Then off
Before long,they came to a very high wall with a strange,little man sitting
"Excuse me,"said Peter Cottontail,"Are you Humpty Dumpty?"
"Yes,I am,"said the man,"How can I help you?"
Once again,the three little kittens explained how they lost their mittens.And
they became so sad that again they began to cry.
"Do not cry,little kittens,"said Humpty Dumpty."This morning
I saw three little kittens hide their mittens in the tall grass next to
the Babbling Brook."
The three litten kittens began to dance and sing.
"Now we remember!Thank you,thank you!"they cheered.
Peter was very happy to have helped the kittens.But
suddenly he remembered about Easter.
"Oh no!"he cried."It is almost Easter and I haven't hidden
any eggs yet!What will I do?"
"Don't worry."said the three little kittens."You have seen
that we are good at hiding things.We will help you hide the eggs."
Peter accepted their help and off everyone rushed,with Peter hopping big-bunny
hops and the kittens racing along to keep up.
By Easter morning,everything was finished.Best of all,none of the eggs
had broken.So Peter gave the three extra eggs to the three little kittens
as thanks for all their help.