In some ways, Molly mouse was just like her brother and sisters. She had soft, pink ears and a cute, little nose. But, in other ways, she was very different. Milly, Max and Baby Mouse were very tidy, but Molly was really, really messy! Her whiskers were never clean and her paws were always grubby. And, everywhere Molly went, she left a messy muddle behind her.
After breakfast, milly and Max never forgot to make their beds. Each and every morning, they threw out their old bedding and made new beds with fresh, clean hay. But Molly wasn’t bothered! She just jumped out of bed and left everything in a tangled, untidy heap!
“How can you sleep in that mess?”
asked Milly, her sister. At lunch time, the rest of the family nibbled their food carefully and always cleaned up after themselves. They brushed up their crumbs and cleared away their bowls. But Molly wasn’t bothered! She just munched away merrily, scattering food everywhere!
“Why do you make such a mess?” asked Daddy mouse. At playtime, milly and Max would carefully scamper up cornstalks. But Molly couldn’t be bothered! She rushed up the stalks so fast, that she snapped them in two and fell to the ground in a messy heap!
“Why are you so clumsy?” asked Max. And when Max and Milly collected nuts and seeds for their tea, they always stacked them in neat, little piles. But Molly couldn’t be bothered! Her heaps always toppled over. “Why are you so untidy?” asked Milly.
Everyone was really fed up with Molly and her messy ways
“Why can’t you eat properly?” said Daddy mouse. “Why can’t you keep yourself clean and tidy?” said Mummy Mouse. “Why can’t you be quieter?” said Baby mouse. “Oh, Molly,” groaned Milly and Max. “I can’t do anything right,” Molly sniffed. “it’s not fair.” And, with her messy tail in her paw, she said “Goodnight” and went to bed.
But molly had a plan. She was fed up with all the grumbling and she wasn’t going to put up with it any longer! So, when Max and Milly came to bed, Molly was already fast asleep – at least, that’s what they thought. Molly was really wide awake!
She waited until her brother and sister were asleep and then crept out of bed. “No one loves me,” she sighed, “I think I will go and find somewhere else to live.” So, off she set!
Molly had no idea where she was going. She scurried along the hedgerow and scampered through the cornstalks. And, as the sun began to rise, she slipped out of the field and happily skipped down the lane. “I will show them!” she said, “Why should I stay at home to be grumbled and moaned at? I am going to find a home where people want to me.”
But, as the morning went on and Molly got further and further away from home, she became very tired. She sat down by a farmyard gate. “I am really sleepy,” she said and gave a big yawn! Then Molly noticed the barn door slightly open. Inside was a warm and comfy pile of hay – perfect for a little nap! She snuggled up in the hay and fell fast, fast asleep.
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Back at home
When Mummy mouse came to wake up her little ones, Molly’s bed was empty. “Where is Molly?” she asked Milly and Max. The two little mice rubbed their eyes and looked around. “We don’t know,” they said, “She was here last night, fast asleep.”
“Daddy! Daddy! Come quick!” called Mummy Mouse. “Out Molly is missing!” so, they searched the house, but Molly was not there. They went outside and looked through the cornfield, combed the hedgerows, searched under and over toadstools, in fact, they didn’t leave a leaf unturned! They even went down the lane.
Suddenly, Milly started jumping up and down. “Look! She squealed, pointing at the muddy path that led into the farmyard. There, right in front of Milly, was a set of tiny mouse footprints.
Milly and Max followed the footprints across the farmyard and into the barn. And there, fast asleep in a messy pile of hay, was Molly.
“We have found her!” they shouted. Molly slowly opened her eyes. There were bits of straw sticking to her fur, her whiskers were crumpled and her paws were muddy. “Oh, Molly!” yelled Milly and Max. “We have missed you so much”
“How can you have missed me?” said Molly. “I am always such a mess!” “You might be messy,” said her mummy, “but we love you just the same!” everyone cheered and Molly smiled – hey really did love her! And with that, they set off home.