KIKI AND THE NOME IN THE BIG FOREST
There is a very big forest in the
middle of the Land of Oz. The animals call it 'Gugu Forest', because the King
of this forest is the big yellow leopard Gugu.
All the animals of the Land of Oz live
in this forest. There are hundreds and hundreds of them there. Gugu, the
Leopard has three friends who help him to rule the forest: the Bear, the Wolf
and the Grey Monkey. They are very strong and clever. The other animals in the
forest are afraid of them. They obey them and do what the Leopard, the Wolf
and the Grey Monkey want them to do.
One morning two eagles flew high over
the forest. In the middle of the forest the eagles flew down and sat in a tall
"Here we shall begin our work," said
one eagle. It was the Nome King. You remember him of course, don't you?
"Are there many animals here?" asked
"The forest is full of them," answered
the Nome. "We must go to them and tell them about our plans. I hope they will
like them and will help us to conquer the people of Oz. But first we must
change into animals."
"What animals shall we become?" asked
"I think," said the Nome, "that we
must not look like other animals." 1
"What animals must we become?" asked
"Let us have the heads of lions, the
bodies of monkeys, the wings of eagles," said the Nome.
"I think that we shall be very strange
animals," answered the boy.
you afraid to look strange?" 2 asked the Nome.
"All right," said Kiki "You stay here
and I shall fly away to another tree and say my magic word"
No,' said the Nome. "You must not fly
away from me Make your magic here."
"No," cried Kiki, "I shall not do
that. You want to know my secret. But I shall not tell you my magic word."
The Nome was very angry with Kiki. But
he said aloud:
"All right! Do as you like."
The Nome was afraid of Kiki. "He must
not be angry with me," 4 he thought, "or he will not change
my form, and I shall always be an eagle. And I don't want that. Some day I
shall know his secret and then..."
Kiki flew to a tree from which the
Nome could not hear him. He said: "The Nome King and I must have the heads of
lions, the bodies of monkeys and the wings of eagles: Pyrzqxgl."
At once his form changed. He became a
strange animal with the head of a lion, the body of a monkey, and the wings of
Kiki flew down to the Nome who was now
a strange animal too. He looked like Kiki. And they flew down to the ground.
1 we must not look
like other animals — мы не должны быть похожи на других животных
2 are you afraid to
look strange? - Ты что, боишься казаться странным?
3 Do as you like. — Поступай как
4 He must not be angry with me — Он
не должен рассердиться на меня