once a nanny-goat who who lived with her seven children in a big house near the
forest. The house stood alone, far from the nearest village. to bay, the
nanny-goat said to her children, ''I must go shopping in the village to
buy some more food. Be good and stay indoors, and don't open the door to anyone
until I get back. A wicked wolf lives in the forest and if you let him in, he'll
eat you all up!'' The little goats promised to be good and the nanny-goat
took her basket and went out, closing the door behind her. But the wolf, who was
hiding in the forest, saw that the little goats were alone and said to himself,
''Yum, yum, seven plump little goats! What a good lunch I shall have, to be
Then he knocked at the door and said
in his gruff voice, ''It's Mummy, let me in!'' But the little goats
replied ''You're not our mother. Our mother has a soft, gentle voice and you
have a horrid gruff voice. We know you're the wolf. Go away!''
So the wolf hurried to the grocer's shop in
the village and stole a pot of honey. He ate it all up and ran back to the
little goat's house and knocked on the door, saying in a soft gentle but
slightly sticky voice. It's Mummy here. Let me in @ But the little goats could
see the wolf paw against the windowpane and answered.
not mother. Our mother has a pretty white foot. Your is black and ugly. We know
you're the wolf so go away!
So the wolf ran to the village again and went
to the baker's where he stole some flour. He covered his foot in it and went
straight back and knocked n the little goat's door. It's Mummy here, Let me in!
he said. And since he now had a soft gentle voice and a white foot the little
goats opened the door. When they saw it was the wolf they shrieked with terror
and ran away to try and hide.
The first hid under the bed, the second under
the table the third behind the curtains the fourth in the grandfather clock, the
fifth in the bath the sixth behind the door and the seventh under a chest of
drawers. But the wolf found them and ate them up one after the other. All except
the one who was hidden in the grand father clock.
A little later the nanny-goat came home with
her shopping. When she saw the door open and the house all topsy-turvy she
cried, What ever has been going on? Little goats, where are you? Answer meat
The little goat who was hidden in the
grandfather clock came out and told her what had happened.
Don't worry, said his mother. I saw the wolf
sleeping near the river. We'll go and rescue your brother and sisters. Run and
fetch my sewing basket, my scissors some stout thread and a needle.''
The little goat hurried off to fetch them.
Then the nanny-goat and the little goat set off the river bank.
They found the greedy wolf lying by the river
in the sunshine. As he snored peacefully, the nanny-goat careful snipped open
his stomach with her scissors. Out jumped the six little goats!
Run and collect some rocks from the river,
whispered the nanny-goat and they watched quietly as she popped them into the
wolf empty stomach. Then she sewed up the wolf tummy and left him there fast
When the wolf awoke he felt very thirsty. I
shouldn't have eaten all those little goats at once. he thought and went to
drink from the river. But his stomach was heavy that he could hardly walk and he
staggered to the water's edge. As he bent over to drink the weight of the stones
pulled the wolf into the water and down. down to the river bed. And no one saw
that greedy wolf ever again!