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第1回 The Big Pancake (1)

Once upon a time there was a mother who had seven little boys - and they were always hungly !

One day seven hopeful little faces appeared around the kitchen door.
"Mu-um," they said, "we are hungry!"

" You've just had your breakfast," laughted their mother. "What am I going to do with you? But, if you are very good little boys and promise to do the washing up, I'll make you the biggest pancake you've ever seen. And you can help."

two hungry litte boys cracked the eggs and
two hungry litte boys measured the milk and
two hungry little boys weighted the flour and
one hungry little boys mixed it all together (and got quite a lot on the floor)

Then their mother heated some oil a huge frying pan and poured in the mixture.

Soon delicious smells of cooking filled the kitchen and it was time to turn the pancake over.

"Toss it!" cried the seven hungry little boys, running for cover. "Please, Mum!"

So their mother tossed the pancake high into the air.

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The Big Pancake (2) [The Big Pancake]

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The Big Pancake(2)

But while it was cooking, the Pancake had been thinking.

" If I stay here, I will be gobbled right up by those seven hungry little boys. I must escape! "

And when the little boy's mother tossed the pancake into the air, it seized its chance.

With a flip and a flop the big pancake did a back somersault and landed on the kitchen floor! Then it rolled straight out of the door.

"Stop!" cried the seven hungry little boys and their mother
"We want to eat you ! "

" Oh no, thought the big pancake. And it rolled off down the road.

Soon the pancake passed a man in his garden.

" Stop! " cried the man. " I'd like to eat you ! " But the pancake just rolled faster.

" I don't want to be eaten," it said. " Seven hungry little boys couldn't catch me. Their mother couldn't catch me. And I won't  let you catch me ! "

But the man put down his spade and chased after the big pancake.


Next the pancake passed a cat sitting on a wall.

" Stop! " miaowed the cat. " I'd like to eat you! " But the pancake just rolled faster.

" I don't want to be eaten," it said. " Seven hungry little boys couldn't catch me. Their mother couldn't catch me. A man couldn't catch me. And I won't let you catch me!"

But the cat jumped off the wall and ran after the big pamcake.


Further on the pancake passed a cockerel sitting on a gate.

" Stop! " crowed the cockerel. " I'd like to eat you! " But the pancake just rolled faster.

" I don't want to be eaten," it said. " Seven hungry little boys couldn't catch me. Their mother couldn't catch me. A man couldn't catch me. A cat couldn't catch me.  And I won't let you catch me!"

But the cockerel jumped off the gate and ran after the big pancake.

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The Big Pancake (3)

Before long pancake passed a cow in a field.

" Stop! " mooed the cow . " I'd like to eat you! " But the pancake just rolled faster.

" I don't want to be eaten," it said. " Seven hungry little boys couldn't catch me. Their mother couldn't catch me. A man couldn't catch me.A cat couldn't catch me. A cockerel couldn't catch me.  A duck couldn't  catch me. And I won't let you catch me!"

But the cow pushed through the fence and galloped after the big pancake.



In some woodland, near a river , the pancake passed a pig.

"Where are you off to in such a hurry? " grunted the pig.

" I don't want to be eaten,"said the pancake.

" Seven hungry little boys couldn't catch me. Their mother couldn't catch me. A man couldn't catch me.A cat couldn't catch me. A cockerel couldn't catch me.  A duck couldn't  catch me. A cow couldn't catch me. And I won't let you catch me!"

But I wouldn't dream of such a thing ! " said the pig. " I'm on your side."

"Well," said the pancake to the pig.
"could you help me to cross this river ? Pancakes can't swim, you see. "

" No problem," snorted the pig.
"Just climb onto my nose and I will carry you across."

So the big pancake climbed onto the pig's nose.But the pig gave a chuckle and tossed the pancake high into the air.

Flip! Flop!  This time there was no escape. The pancake fell right into the pig's open mouth and gobbled up straightaway.


Just then the cow and the duck and the cockerel and the cat and the man and the mother and the seven hungry little boys came running  up.

"Have you seen a big pancake ? "
They panted.

" Well," smiled the pig. " was it a very big pancake ? Was it a lovely golden brown ? Did it roll along on its side like a wheel ? "

" YES !"  they all yelled. 

The pig licked his lip.
" It was DELLICIOUS ! " he said.

(the end おわり)  


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