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Harmony Farm

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Cow wanted to lay eggs like Hen.
Cow wanted to lay eggs like Hen.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

The day started the way every day did at Harmony Farm -- Rooster crowed at sunrise. Then the animals began to do their jobs.

Cow looked at Hen curiously. "Hen," she said, "what is it like to lay an egg?"

"It's nice," replied Hen. "The farmer is always happy when he sees a new egg in my roost."

"I thought so," said Cow. "It looks exciting." Cow thought for a moment. "I think I'd like to try it."

All of the animals stopped what they were doing and stared at Cow. "Wha-what do you mean, Cow?" asked Cat nervously.

Cow held her head up high. "I'd like to try laying an egg." Then she stamped her foot. "Why not?

"Don't you wonder what it would be like to try something new?" asked Cow.

The animals all thought about Cow's question. Then, one by one, all of the animals confessed that they might like a change. Well, almost all of the animals. Pig just kept rolling around in the mud.

"I'd like to try Cat's job," said Horse bravely.

"That's the spirit!" exclaimed Cow.

"Is Sheepdog's job open?" asked Donkey. "I'm tired of pulling that plow all day. And you know, I think I might be good at herding sheep."

Soon all of the animals had traded jobs. Cow and Hen traded, as did Donkey and Sheepdog. Cat and Horse also switched.

Suddenly Hen cried, "We forgot about Pig!"

The animals followed Cow to the sty to break the news to Pig. Poor Pig would be stuck rolling around in the mud forever. "Pig," said Cow, "I'm sorry, but there aren't any new jobs left."

Pig sighed with relief. "Thank goodness!" he exclaimed. "I was afraid you would ask me to chase mice." Pig laughed at the idea. "Just imagine!"

Pig was the only one who didn't want to trade jobs.
Pig was the only one who didn't want to trade jobs.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

"But Pig," said Hen, "don't you get bored just eating and rolling around in the mud all day?"

"No," replied Pig. "I'm really good at what I do. I'm happy with my life!"

"Well...okay," said Cow, and headed back to the barn with the others.

"Have fun, y'all!" called Pig.

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