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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Rat in the Tunnel

Who comes through my tunnel? A soldier in a paper boat!

I get into his face. “Have you got a passport? Out with it!”

He grips his gun and stares ahead. No fear? I’ll show him my teeth. Then he’ll pay the toll.

The strong current pushes him through. “Hold him!” I shout to my ranks of wood chips and straw. They can’t do it. The boat shoots past.

Ha! If he thinks there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, he’s sorely mistaken!

The Rat in the Tunnel in The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Hans Christian Andersen. Illustration by H.J. Ford.

Rat in the Tunnel