Willowfred lived down by the brook at the bottom of Mrs. O’s garden. A bend in the stream created a calm pool by which he built his house. Originally it was made of long grass stems he had woven together and placed over a frame of twigs; but one day when Mrs. O’s clumsy maid broke a teacup, she brought the porcelain shards down to Willowfred. Over the course of a hot summer week, he used the teacup slivers and mud bricks to fashion a snug new den. It was cool in the summer and warm in the winter and wasn’t at risk of falling down in a strong breeze.
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