A Cup Of Tea -By Daeun Jeong

An old lady lived in a tiny cottage deep in the woods. One cold, rainy day, the lady put her last tea bag in a small pot of boiling water. She sniffed the warm steam. She was just about to pouimage_1_78r a cup when, knock, knock, knock!

The lady opened the door. What did she see but a bear! It was big and hairy. It growled, “Oh, please, it’s so cold. I came out of my cave only because I smelled delicious hot tea!”

The lady let him in. She and the bear sat down and sniffed the warm steam. They were just about to pour the tea into two cups when, knock, knock, knock!

The lady opened the door. What did she see but a fox! It was medium-sized, with a fat tail. It said, “Oh, please, it’s so cold. I left my den only because I smelled delicious hot tea!”

The old lady let the fox in. Then the lady, the bear, and the fox sat down. They sniffed the warm steam. They were just about to pour the tea into three cups when, knock, knock, knock!

The old lady opened the door. What did she see but a mouse! It was tiny and gray. It said, “Oh, please, it’s so cold. I left my hole only because I smelled delicious hot tea.”

The old lady let the mouse in. Then the lady, the bear, the fox, and the mouse sat down. The lady said, “I hope there won’t be any more knocks!”

They all sniffed the steam, which was now cooling. They were just about to pour the tea into four cups whenKNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK! CRASH!

A huge crowd of animals burst into the tiny cottage. They shouted, “Do we smell hot tea?”

The old lady sighed and said, “I’m sorry, but all I have is one small pot of tea. It will be only a drop for each of you.”

The animals sighed, too. Then Bear whispered something to Fox. Fox whispered to Mouse. And soon all of the animals were whispering. “We’ll be right back,” said Bear, and he winked. The animals whooshed out of the cottage.

Before long, there was another knock, knock, knock!

The old lady opened the door. What did she see but all of the animals. Each one was carrying something.

“We’ve brought barrels of honey,” said Bear and his friends. “We’ve brought buckets of water,” said Fox and his friends. “We’ve brought tins of tea,” said Mouse and his friends. “And we’ve brought cups for everybody!” shouted all the animals together.

So the old lady made a huge pot of tea with enough for everyone. And the animals were happy as they drank tea together in the tiny cottage deep in the woods.
Art by Laura Jacobsen

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