'Aunt Pitty Patty's Piggy'

Story Time

November 17, 1999|By Retold by Jim Aylesworth

Editor's note: Aunt Pitty Patty takes her niece Nelly to the market where they buy a pig. Once they get home, the pig refuses to go through the gate. Aunt Pitty Patty has to fix dinner, so she sends Nelly to fetch help.

Little Nelly went down the road, and after a bit, she met a dog. Little Nelly said, "Dog, dog, come bite Aunt Pitty Patty's piggy."

But the dog wouldn't.

So little Nelly went a little farther, and she found a stick, and she said, "Stick, stick, come hit dog. Dog won't bite Aunt Pitty Patty's piggy."

But the stick wouldn't.

So little Nelly went a little farther, and she found a fire, and she said, "Fire, fire, come burn stick. Stick won't hit dog. Dog won't bite Aunt Pitty Patty's piggy."

But the fire wouldn't.

So little Nelly went a little farther, and she found some water, and she said, "Water, water, come douse fire. Fire won't burn stick. Stick won't hit dog. Dog won't bite Aunt Pitty Patty's piggy."

But the water wouldn't.

So little Nelly went a little farther, and she found an ox, and she said, "Ox, ox, come drink water. Water won't douse fire. Fire won't burn stick. Stick won't hit dog. Dog won't bite Aunt Pitty Patty's piggy."

But the ox wouldn't.

So little Nelly went a little further, and she found a butcher, and she said, "Butcher, butcher, come scare ox. Ox won't drink water. Water won't douse fire. Fire won't burn stick. Stick won't hit dog. Dog won't bite Aunt Pitty Patty's piggy."

But the butcher wouldn't.

So little Nelly went a little farther, and she found a rope, and she said, "Rope, rope, come tie butcher. Butcher won't scare ox. Ox won't drink water. Water won't douse fire. Fire won't burn stick. Stick won't hit dog. Dog won't bite Aunt Pitty Patty's piggy."

But the rope wouldn't.

So little Nelly went a little farther, and she found a rat, and she said, "Rat, rat, come gnaw rope. Rope won't tie butcher. Butcher won't scare ox. Ox won't drink water. Water won't douse fire. Fire won't burn stick. Stick won't hit dog. Dog won't bite Aunt Pitty Patty's piggy."

But the rat wouldn't.

So little Nelly went a little farther, and she met a cat, and she said, "Cat, cat, come chase rat. Rat won't gnaw rope. Rope won't tie butcher. Butcher won't scare ox. Ox won't drink water. Water won't douse fire. Fire won't burn stick. Stick won't hit dog. Dog won't bite Aunt Pitty Patty's piggy."

And the cat said, "If you will fetch me some milk, I will do it."

So little Nelly went a little farther, and she met a cow, and she said, "Cow, cow, give me some milk."

And the cow said, "If you fetch me some hay, I will do it."

So little Nelly went a little farther, and she met Farmer Brown.

And Farmer Brown said, "Aren't you Aunt Pitty Patty's little niece Nelly?"

And little Nelly said, "Yes, I am."

"She's fixin' supper."

And Farmer Brown said, "And what's for supper?"

And little Nelly said, "I don't know, but if you'll give me some hay, we can go and find out."

So Farmer Brown gave her some hay.

And little Nelly took the hay and gave it to the cow.

And when the cow had finished eating the hay, she gave little Nelly some milk.

And little Nelly took the milk and gave it to the cat.

And when the cat had finished drinking the milk, he began to chase the rat, and the rat began to gnaw the rope, and the rope began to tie the butcher, and the butcher began to scare the ox, and the ox began to drink the water, and the water began to douse the fire, and the fire began to burn the stick, and the stick began to hit the dog, and the dog began to bite the piggy....

And the piggy went through the gate!

And Farmer Brown and little Nelly and Aunt Pitty Patty all sat down to supper.

From AUNT PITTY PATTY'S PIGGY retold by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock. Published by Scholastic Press, a division of Scholastic Inc. Text copyright c 1999 by Jim Aylesworth, illustration copyright c 1999 by Barbara McClintock. Used by permission.

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