Storytime: Hen­drick, Anslo & the Lit­tle Pump­kin

With some help from a friendly fairy, one de­ter­mined lit­tle boy’s dream comes true

Our Canada - - Features - By Rita Mon­teith, Fred­er­ic­ton

A help­ful fairy brings joy to one de­serv­ing lit­tle boy.

Once upon a time, there was a seven-yearold boy named Hen­drick An­der­son, who lived with his par­ents and four older broth­ers on a pump­kin farm.

One year in the spring, Hen­drick de­cided to grow his own pump­kin and, if it grew large enough, en­ter it in the fall fair.

All sum­mer, Hen­drick wa­tered, tended and fer­til­ized his pump­kin. But by har­vest time, his pump­kin was the small­est in the gar­den. Hen­drick sat down be­side his lit­tle pump­kin, buried his head in his arms and be­gan to weep. Nearby, on the branch of an old oak tree, sat Anslo—the small­est of the gar­den fairies. Anslo had watched Hen­drick care for his pump­kin all sum­mer. He felt sorry for the lit­tle boy cry­ing be­neath him on the ground. Anslo stood up, clenched his fists, closed his eyes and con­cen­trated with all his might. He opened one eye, noth­ing was hap­pen­ing. He took a deep breath and con­cen­trated till his head hurt. Sud­denly, there was a groan­ing, rip­ping, stretch­ing sound. Hen­drick opened his eyes to see that his lit­tle pump­kin had grown into a gi­ant pump­kin! Afraid his pump­kin might ex­plode, Hen­drick shouted, “Stop, stop, you’re now the largest pump­kin in the gar­den!” Anslo opened his eyes and smiled as he watched Hen­drick dance around his huge pump­kin. Anslo’s face beamed with sat­is­fac­tion as he flew up into the air above Hen­drick and the now gi­ant pump­kin. The best joys are shared joys, Anslo thought with a smile.

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