Mr. Rabbit wanted to cross the river. But, of course, rabbits
do not swim.
So, Mr. Rabbit asked Mr. Frog if he would take him across the river.
“I would be happy to,” said Mr. Frog, “but you are too heavy.
I would sink and we both would drown.”
So, Mr. Rabbit asked Mr. Fish to take him across the river.
Mr. Fish said, “I’m a fish. I swim under water. If I were
to take you across the river, you would drown.”
About that time, Mr. Alligator swam up. “I’ll suppose I could
take you across the river. I can swim on the top of the water, and
I’m large enough to carry us both across.”
“Yeah, but you’re an alligator,” replied Mr. Rabbit. “You’ll
“Oh, no!” exclaimed Mr. Alligator. “I won’t eat you. I’ve already
had lunch today, and besides that I don’t particularly care for rabbit.”
“Well. Alright,” decided Mr. Rabbit.
So, Mr. Rabbit hopped on Mr. Alligator’s back. He decided to stay
close to his tail, and away from him mouth - just in case.
But, as they began to get farther and father out into the river, Mr.
Alligator keep dropping his tail deeper and deeper.
Eventually, Mr. Rabbit found himself sitting right over Mr. Alligator’s
nose about half way across the river.
“Why do you keep going deeper?” asked Mr. Rabbit.
“So I could get you near my mouth where it would be easier to eat you,”
replied the sly alligator.
“But, I thought you said you weren’t going to eat me; that you had
already eaten; and you didn’t like rabbit,” questioned the excited rabbit.
“Yes,” said Mr. Alligator in his eerie sounding voice, “But, you knew
what I was before you ever climbed on.”