Toptygin and the fox – Korney Chukovsky

"Why are you crying,
You silly Bear?» —
“How can I, Bear,
Not cry, don't bellow?

Poor me, unhappy
I was born
Without a tail.

Even the shaggy ones,
Stupid dogs
Behind the funny
Ponytails sticking out.

Even mischievous
Crappy cats
They bully up
Torn tails.

Only me, unhappy
I walk through the forest
Without a tail.

Doctor, kind doctor,
Have pity on me,
Ponytail quickly
Sew to the poor!»

Kind laughed
Dr. Aibolit.
Foolish Bear
The doctor says:

"Okay, okay, native, I'm ready.
I have as many tails as you want.
There are goats, have horse,
There are donkey, long-long.
I to you, orphan, service:
I'll tie at least four tails ... "

Bear began to try on tails,
Bear began to walk in front of the mirror:
Then feline, then doggy applies
Yes, he looks at Lisonka from the side.

And the Fox laughs:
"You are very simple!
Not like that for you, Mishenka, need a tail!..
You better get yourself a peacock:

Golden he, green and blue.
To-to, Misha, you will be good,
If you take a peacock's tail!»

A clubfoot and glad:
“This is an outfit so an outfit!
How will I go as a peacock
Over mountains and valleys,
So the animal people will gasp:
What a handsome man he is!

And the bears, bears in the forest,
How will they see my beauty,
Get sick, poor things, with envy!»

But he looks with a smile
On the bear Aibolit:
"And where are you peacocks!
You take yourself a goat!»

"I do not want tails
From rams and cats!
Give me a peacock,
Золотой, green, blue,
So that I walk through the forest,
Flaunted beauty!»

And now over the mountains, in the valleys
Teddy bear walks like a peacock,
And shines behind him

And the Fox, and the Fox
And julit, and fuss,
Walking around Mishenka,
Strokes his feathers:

"How good are you,
So you swim like a peacock!
I didn't recognize you,
She took for a peacock.
Brother, what's the beautiful
At the peacock's tail!»

But here the hunters walked through the swamp
And Mishenka's tail was seen in the distance.
"Look: where is this
Gold glitters in the swamp?»

We jumped on the bumps in the jump
And they saw a stupid Bear.
Before a puddle, the Bear sits,
Like in a mirror, looks into a puddle,

Everything with your tail, stupid, admires,
Before Lisonka, stupid, flaunts
And does not see, does not hear the hunters,
Running through the swamp with dogs.

So they took the poor
With bare hands,
Took and tied

And the Fox
Having fun,
"Oh, you didn't walk for long,
Flaunted beauty!

So much for you, peacock,
Guys will warm your back.
So as not to brag,
So that you don't put on airs!»

I ran up - grab and grab,-
I began to pluck feathers.
And the whole tail of the poor fellow pulled out.

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