WILLIE WHY IN TEAPOT LAND.
Maoriland Worker, Volume 8, Issue 333, 11 July 1917, Page 7
WILLIE WHY IN TEAPOT LAND.
"Let tho revels commence," said King Taypot. "I don't know what tho revels are, but all kings have to say that." "And make the Welkia ring," said the Queen. "Which, is the Welkin?" asked Willie. The Queen placed her finger to her lips. "Hush," she said. Willie Why looked round about him nnd was surprised to find tho dining hall was just •iv space under tho trees and tho table a great big tree laid on the ground, with the top mado smooth. The chairs were all made of branches of trees, the carpet on the floor was just green grass, and flowers and oreepera hung in festoons aud curtains all round. Willie kept looking at the Queen, and every time he looked he found tho Queen smiling at him. Suddenly he remembered in Teapot Land everybody grew round and plump, aud if the Queen looked like Granny, of course she must bo Granny, and just as ho was going to say so tho Queen put her linger , to her lips. "Hush" she .said. Willir» looked round the table at the guests. They wwo all there —Mother, father, Dorothy, and evrrbody he knew. "What would you like to eat?" asked Iho Queen to Willie. "Don't like anything wo haven't got," said tho King, "because you can't have it." However, as there was everything on the table'that any boy and every boy would like, Willie had no trouble in getting just what ho <iid like, aud having satisfied his hunger ho thought ho would like to lmvo a look round. "Don't go too far," said King Taypot, "or you might fall out of the Teapot." "He might fall in the Teapot and get drowned," corrected • the Queen. "However, if you will be so kind as to make the beds I will take the Prince round our dominions." The Queen had not wandered far with "Willie when they enme into a beautiful glade that looked just like a fairy land, all tho children in Teapot Land were playing there. "May I go and play with them," asked Wi'lHe. "Yes, run along," said the Queen, and the next moment Willie skipped on the green grass and joined the. children. "Oh, here is Star Beam," said a little girl w.h'o was dressed like a Daisy. "Oh, no, my name is Willie Why," he gald. "No, you are Star Beam because we are playing flowers and birds; the girls nre flowers and the boys are birds, end the
tiny tots are bud . blossoms and Sunbeam* Let mc introduce you to Rose Ulossom, May, Violet, Pansey, Mignonette Marguerite, Blue Bell and all the others." Each girl, as her name was spoken, came forwaid dressed like the flower she was named after, and bowed to Star Beam- "Also," continued Daisy, "Spatrow, Lark, Linnet,. Starling, Kobin, Wren, and all the others." ■lust then several grown-ups came into the circle and Daisy mentioned their several names and what they were supjvr.sed to be for the game, and there was the Sun aud tho Moon, und a grewn-up lady with golden hair, aud a crown of golden wheat, aud a dress of golden straw, was mother of all. "How do you play the gamer" asked Willie.
"Well," said Daisy, "everybody has to run away and hide in the wood except tho Daisy and the Lark; they stop her© and when the first Sunbeam dances in, she goo 3 and kisses the Daisy and the Lark to waken'them; then they begin to dance, and all tho other flowers and birds and animals come and join in the ring." _ Then, turning to the others, Daisy said: "Star Beam has to stand on that stump of a tree until old Sunshine goes out,, aud then ho comes down to join tho dance. Now, are you all ready?" Fli/> clapped her hands, and ull the children ran and hid themselves.
Willio AVhy climbed on the stump of a tree and was surprised to find himself shining like a proper star, and his silver spangled dress shone like diamonds. Daisy and the Laik laid down close by Ihf'tree stump-and sent kind thoughts to the Star for shining on them. As the first Sunbeam danced in tho Daisy and 'the. Lark jumped up and danced with the- Sunbeam. Then, in came King Taypoi. with nil Hie little Sunbeams dressed in bine, gold, red and violet; then came the birds and the flowers. When Willio looked away for a moment, ho was surprised to see all the peoplo of Teapot "Land wore watching the good fun the children, were having, as if it was a pantomime or a picture show.
''Come down, Star Beam, come down," .honied Dai =■'>", "or v.ell be- left in the dark. Old Sunshine is going to bed."
Star Beam jumped down and all the Cowers, birds and animals gathered round and sat on the gras3. Then "Mother of nil" joined in the game with Moonshine and the Sandman. First, lollies and biscuits wero given to the children', -and then Star Beam was told it was his turn to go to sleep.
Star Beam really felt a little bit sleepy, -o the flowers laid him down en a bed of mors, and the birds covered him up with leaves, and "Mother of nil" 'tucked him in, and the Sandman threw dust in his eyes, aud that was all he remembered until ho woke up next morning iv his own bed.