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Katie and the Leprechaun

by Mari (age 7)


There once, and maybe still is, a leprechaun king. Each year of his everlasting life he learned a new trick. This year he had learned to wash his clothes with the snap of a finger. This was quite handy because he never had to take his clothes off.

There also was a poor young girl whose name was Katie. She was clever as could be but she had trouble finding time to do the laundry because she didnít have a change of clothes, you see.

One moonless night she went to the river to wash her clothes. She spread her dress over the bushes to dry while she huddled under it. The evening breeze was drying her dress and carrying the voice of a little man singing to himself about his newest trick:

"..Iíll never again need a washing machine, Iíll just snap and be sparkling clean!"

"Oh, wouldnít that be just the thing to solve my problem," thought Katie to herself. Peeking out from under the hem of her skirt she watched the knee-high man approach. Now everyone knows if you hold on to a leprechaunís coattails heíll have to grant you your wish.

Katie waited for him to dance along the path that came very near her hiding place and reached out and grabbed the little man by his coattails just as he was about to prance away.

"Let me go! Let me go!" he yelled.

"Not until you show me how to snap my fingers to get my laundry done without undressing," she told the little man as she dangled him in the air.

"If I show you how to do the trick, do you promise to let me go?" he asked.

She did and from then on clever Katie was the cleanest girl in town!

"Katie and the Leprechaun" Copyright © Mari

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