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Rabbit the hunter (continued)


The next morning Rabbit got up extra early and went to check on his net. "Oh no!" He wailed.

"The giant has walked right throng it and made a big  hole!" He went home and told his grandmother.  "Don't worry dear, have a berry" she said.

"I don't want any more berries" cried Rabbit "I  want to eat something I have hunted." Then he looked at his grandmother and thought for a  moment. "You know some magic. Will you make me  a special net?" he pleaded.

"Alright. If it will make you happy." She told Rabbit to go away because the magic was secret. When he came back she gave him a net as thin as a spider's web, but stronger than any net ever made.

Rabbit tied it across the track in the forest. The next morning, he got  up extra early and rushed out into the forest. He hopped round a bend in the track and skidded to a halt. There was a blinding light coming  from his magic net. It was so bright, he couldn't look at it for more than  a second. "Oh No!" he wailed. "I've captured the SUN".

"Let me out of here," roared Sun in a deep load voice that shook the forest. Rabbit fell backwards onto the track, then hopped home as fast  as he could to tell his grandmother.

"You must let Sun out of the net," said his Grandmother "Look how  dark it is everywhere." "I'm scared" said Rabbit.

"I know" answered his grandmother, "but if you don't let Sun out of the net it will always be dark. Here's a magic knife. Go and cut the net." Rabbit hopped back into the forest.

"Let me out of here" roared Sun, thrashing around  in the net with his big feet. Rabbit slowly moved  forward, his little legs shaking with fright. The closer  he got, the hotter it became. Closer and hotter,  closer and hotter.

Little legs shaking and sweat  gushing from him, Rabbit shielded his eyes and reached up to cut the net with the magic knife

Sun struggled free then jumped upwards. One of his big feet kicked Rabbit on the shoulders, almost knocking him over. The sky filled with light again and all the animals cried out in happiness.

Rabbit looked at his sore shoulders. They were scorched brown with the heat from Sun's foot - and they are still brown to this day.

The End

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