Hello, Dear Readers! While Dot and Mae were out for their morning walk, they decided to take a new route . They found this lovely little bridge and decided to cross it and find out what was on the other side. It’s always good to try new things and take risks, don’t you think? Well as soon as they crossed the bridge, they met a lovely little woman named Chihiro who was being pulled in a rickshaw by her friend Takashi. They were in quite a hurry because Chihiro had lost her umbrella and they were out looking for it. When they saw Dot and Mae they stopped to ask the little girls if they had seen the umbrella which was pink with a white apple blossom pattern on it. Chihiro was quite distressed to loose her umbrella, as it was her favorite one. Dot and Mae hadn’t seen it, but they offered to help look. They spent some time searching all around the area, but the umbrella was no where to be found. After some time, Chihiro remembered that she hadn’t brought her umbrella out after all and that she had left it back in her closet. Boy, did she feel stupid! Haven’t you ever done something so silly? Dot and Mae have, so they just laughed with Chihiro and Takashi about their funny adventure.
To thank Dot and Mae for being so helpful and understanding, Chihiro introduced Dot and Mae to a pair of Fairies that lived near the bridge. The Fairies were so tall and beautiful, and of course, very kind, Dot and Mae just loved them right away. The Fairies served the group tea and gave them sweet treats to eat. Dot and Mae ate pineapple tarts, coconut crisp rolls, and fried peanut puffs. They were all heavenly, (especially because they were made by fairies!) and soon the group was so full and happy they couldn’t move! The fairies then decided to tell them one of their favorite stories.
Once upon a time there was a poor widow who took care of her three sons by selling her finely woven brocades. One day while at the market, she traded all her work for a painting of a lovely palace. Obsessed with the beauty of the scene, she worked night and day without stopping for three full years copying the painting in a brocade. When she finally finished, a wind came and snatched it away. The old woman took to her bed, grieving for her beautiful brocade. Her two eldest sons each went in search of the brocade, but since they were selfish to begin with, the succumbed to greed and ran away. Finally her youngest son went in search for the brocade in a quest that led him through fire and ice to a fairy palace on a mountain top. The Fairies took the brocade because it is so lovely they wanted to copy it. The Fairy Princess returned with the son, bringing the window back her weaving. In the end, the brocade is magically changed and made to come to life. The son married the fairy and they lived with his mother and their neighbors in their new surrounding happily ever after.
Dot and Mae loved this story so much that the fairies gave them a book with the story in it so they could read it over and over whenever they wished. You must find this book at the library or book store (the book is by Marilee Heyer) because I cannot tell the story to you as wonderfully as the fairies told it. The book they gave to Dot and Mae also have the most beautiful pictures! You will feel like the story has come to life, just like the brocade does!
Dot and Mae thanked the lovely fairies for their delicious treats and wonderful story and Chihiro let them ride in her rickshaw back to the bridge. Dot and Mae waved goodbye and promised to come back soon for another lovely visit