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Stories from Around the World
A Day in the Life of a Little Farm Girl
By the storytellers of the Huntington.
A little girl with a duck - or is it a chicken? Maybe it's a chuck.
It's obviously a farm - it's a chicken farm.
It's some sort of barnyard.
There's obviously a barn door - the chicken opened it.
It's an apron she has on - that's where she keeps the corn to give to the chicken.
She might be barefoot.
Not too rough 'n' tumble 'cause she's got a hair ribbon on.
There's a barn door and somebody put a hole in it. It looks like a cannonball went through there.
That's the watering trough for the horse.
Chickens, giraffes, a bull, his mate the cow, there's a pig named Peg, a goat.
She has a mother and father - there's a little boy, her brother.
Their name must be MacDonald because they had a farm. That's what they named their children, E, I, and O.
It's 6:30 in the morning 'cause she's feeding the chickens. She has to do that before she goes to kindergarten.
Her name is Matilda - she likes to waltz.
The chicken's looking for the rooster.
She's obviously smiling so she's a happy little girl. She likes the chickens.
If she makes enough money, they're gonna buy her some shoes. She's obviously got her foot in the door.
Her shoe is dirty.
She wants shoes.
She wants to go to college to become an agronomist which may be a lotta manure. She wants to get married and buy her own farm. In case she gets homesick she can take the chicken with her and then she'll have really feathered her nest.
She wants to have roast chicken.
The millionaire only had chicken feed.
At the very end, she flew the coop!
We hear cluck cluck, quack quack, moo, the horse whinny, the cowbell, pig goes oink, sheep goes baa, elephant carries the trunk for her.
We smell horse manure, any other kind of manure.
There was a bad girl and all the horse manure (horsemen knew her).
First, she had breakfast: a fried egg with a guilty conscience, oatmeal, coffee (she seems a little young for coffee...), orange juice, and Wheaties.
It is the breakfast of champions. She listens to Jack Armstrong on the radio. He was the all-American boy. He didn't grow up on a farm.
Matilda goes to school next. After school she feeds the chickens again and milks the cow.
She does her homework.
She takes a nap 'cause she's so tired.
Then she gets up and has supper - she has a hard-boiled egg and a drumstick.
Then Matilda listens to Orphan Annie on the radio (she likes Orphan Annie).
She goes to bed early 'cause she's very tired.
And her mother tells her a little bedtime story about chickens on the farm, she says her prayers, kisses her on the cheek, turns off the light, and closes the door and says, "Shut it and go to sleep!"
And they all lived happily ever after.