|Spring was in the
Deep in a burrow next to the old oak tree, Robbit twitched. He was
warm and snug, and didn't want to wake up.
"Go away, Spring," He mumbled, "Come
back later, when it's Summer."
There was a knock at the door of his burrow.
"Bother," Robbitt muttered, "Bother,
He got up and went to open his door: there stood
"Hi," Said Andy,
"I'm busy building: want to keep me company?"
But Robbit didn't feel like being busy.
"Why don't we go and see if Jonathan's awake
instead?" He suggested.
Andy and Robbit found Jonathan polishing his spare
shell in the bright Spring sunshine.
"Had to get all the winter dust and fluff
off it, you see,"
Andy thought it must be wonderful to have a shell
that you could polish.
Robbit thought they should go and say hallo to Farmer Jack and
"We haven't seen them all Winter," He
On their way to the Old Farmhouse, Jonathan tried
to explain to Andy and Robbit how he went round corners quickly,
but he was so busy talking, he bumped into a daisy.
"I'll do it again, properly," He said, "Watch!"
They watched as Jonathan swept round a large stone
and out of sight.
All of a sudden they heard a wail, followed by a faint,
Exclaimed Andy, "We forgot Farmer Jack's well."
They peered carefully over the edge. Far below,
they could see Jonathan bobbing around on top of the water in
"Help!" He called, in an upside-down
sort of voice.
"I'll fetch Old Mrs Spider," Said Andy, "She could
lower me down to Jonathan on the end of a web."
Old Mrs Spider soon took charge.
"Hold on tight,"
She instructed Andy.
Andy clung on as Old Mrs Spider lowered him down
the well; down and down until his toes almost touched the water.
"Stop!" He yelled.
Andy grabbed Jonathan's shell and pulled him to
the side of the well.
Muttered Jonathan, "The wall's too slippery for me to climb."
"Don't worry," Said Andy,
"I'll get the beetle boys. They can climb walls, and they're
Andy found the two Beetle Boys on the other side
of the meadow.
"Jonathan's stuck down the well," He
told them, "And can't climb out."
"We can climb anything," The two beetles declared confidently, "Let's
go to the rescue."
Andy and the beetles scurried off to the well as
fast as they could.
"Hang on, Jonathan," The Beetle Boys
"We're coming to get you."
The beetles pushed and shoved, while Andy pulled
and tugged, and slowly, bit by bit, Jonathan was lifted back
up the well.
At the top, all their friends were waiting for them. An enormous
cheer went up.
Everybody leapt up and down excitedly, waving their
arms and thumping Andy and the Beetle Boys on the back.
Andy and the two beetles shuffled their feet shyly.
"Thank you," Said Jonathan gratefully, "Thank
you very much indeed."
Matilda thought they should all have a party.
"You can all come back to my home under
the Old Farmhouse to celebrate. Mrs Katie said she wouldn't
mind at all because it's a very special occasion."
It was one of the best parties that any of them
could remember, and nobody wanted to leave at all.
said Farmer Jack, "What on earth's all that scuffling and
Mrs Katie smiled.
"Just our friends from the meadow," She
said, "They're celebrating because Jonathan fell down
the well and they managed to pull him out again."
"Ah," Said Farmer Jack,
"That's alright then. I'm glad the day had a happy ending."
Come back soon!
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