Glinda of Oz
Red Reera, the Yookoohoo
After the meal was over and Reera had fed her pets, including the four monster spiders
which had come down from their webs to secure their share, she made the table disappear
from the floor of the cottage.
"I wish you'd consent to my transforming your fishes," she said, as she took up her
The Skeezer made no reply. He thought it unwise to hurry matters. All during the
afternoon they sat silent. Once Reera went to her cupboard and after thrusting her hand
into the same drawer as before, touched the wolf and transformed it into a bird with
gorgeous colored feathers. This bird was larger than a parrot and of a somewhat different
form, but Ervic had never seen one like it before.
"Sing!" said Reera to the bird, which had perched itself on a big wooden peg -- as if it
had been in the cottage before and knew just what to do.
And the bird sang jolly, rollicking songs with words to them -- just as a person who had
been carefully trained might do. The songs were entertaining and Ervic enjoyed listening
to them. In an hour or so the bird stopped singing, tucked its head under its wing and
went to sleep. Reera continued knitting but seemed thoughtful.
Now Ervic had marked this cupboard drawer well and had concluded that Reera took
something from it which enabled her to perform her transformations. He thought that if
he managed to remain in the cottage, and Reera fell asleep, he could slyly open the
cupboard, take a portion of whatever was in the drawer, and by dropping it into the
copper kettle transform the three fishes into their natural shapes. Indeed, he had firmly
resolved to carry out this plan when the Yookoohoo put down her knitting and walked
toward the door.
"I'm going out for a few minutes," said she; "do you wish to go with me, or will you
Ervic did not answer but sat quietly on his bench. So Reera went out and closed the
As soon as she was gone, Ervic rose and tiptoed to the cupboard.
"Take care! Take care!" cried several voices, coming from the kittens and chipmunks. "If
you touch anything we'll tell the Yookoohoo!"
Ervic hesitated a moment but, remembering that he need not consider Reera's anger if he
succeeded in transforming the fishes, he was about to open the cupboard when he was
arrested by the voices of the fishes, which stuck their heads above the water in the kettle
and called out:
"Come here, Ervic!"
So he went back to the kettle and bent over it