. . . Tom Thumb’s mother took him with her when she went to milk the cow. It was a very windy evening and she tied the little fellow with a needleful of thread to a thistle, that he might not be blown away. Tom had a fine time, swinging and singing and talking with the bees and butterflies. But by the by a big red cow came along and, taking a fancy to his oak-leaf hat, picked him and the thistle up at one mouthful. When the cow began to chew the thistle, Tom was dreadfully frightened at her great teeth, and called out: “Mother! Mother!”
“Where are you, my dear boy?” cried his mother in alarm.
“Here, mother, here in the red cow’s mouth.”
Once Upon A Time.
Edited by Katharine Lee Bates.
Illustrations by Margaret Evans Price.
Rand McNally & Company: Chicago & New York. 1921.