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English translation

Terry the Tiger Visits the Big City

created and translated by Michael Turniansky

Terry the Tiger lived with his friends Elly the Elephant and Zoe the Zebra in the jungle. Terry always wanted to visit the big city, where the planes flew overhead to.

So one day, Terry started to walk to the big city.

Soon, Terry came to a river, and asked a fish in it the way to the city. The fish told Terry he should walk along the river for three days, and then he would see it.

Terry followed its advice. At the end of the third day, Terry saw the city (Hooray!) lights. O, joy! So Terry decided to continue walking the whole night long.

In the morning, Terry arrived at the marketplace which was at the edge of the city. There was a boy there. "Aiee! A tiger!" said the boy. "Aiee! A boy!" said Terry (for the boy had never seen a tiger before, and Terry had never seen a boy before). The boy, who was Mooli, could tell that Terry was friendly, so he asked Terry if he would like to be shown the city.

"Oh, yes! But what I really want right now is some sleep. I'm very tired," said Terry.

"Okay, we can go to my house," said Mooli.

So the two of them walked to Mooli's house.

When they got to his house, Mooli asked his mother, "Is it okay if I bring a tiger home?"

"Sure, Mooli" said his mother, because she thought he was just pretending.

So he brought Terry to his room, and Terry went to sleep on the floor, while Mooli went oustide to play.

A while later, his mother called, "Mooli, time for dinner... Mooli?" She went to Mooli's room and saw Terry, who was sleeping. She cried out, "Aaaah! A tiger has eaten my son! Police, help! Help! Police! Tiger! Tiger! Help!" and ran out.

The noise woke Terry, who leaped through the window, and ran back to his home in the jungle, promising never again to leave it.

The End::