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Tabby used to scare the birds away from her garden, but one day something happened to change this. When she needed help, it came from somewhere unexpected.
Poor old Mrs Tabby was a sad old cat;
Sitting on her sofa, dressed in coat and hat.
She had a leaking roof and didn't know what to do;
Her house was soaking wet and she was wet through, too.
She asked a downy duckling if he would fix her leak;
But he was in a hurry and didn't even speak.
She asked a boxer dog, who was going to a fight;
But he, in answer, said to her. "I'm much too scared of heights!"
She asked her best friend Polly, but Polly said. "Meow!
You know I cannot do that. I really don't know how!"
Mr Jackdaw flew down then, as Tabby shed a tear;
He sat down and he waited, her sad tale to hear.
"Is that your only trouble, Mrs Tabby cat?
Give me just a little while. I can see to that!"
Mr Jackdaw flew away. Tabby thought he'd gone;
But soon he came back down again and this time, not alone.
He had brought his family. Tabby let them in;
He asked her for some biscuit crumbs and she fetched the tin.
Tabby didn't realise what they waited for;
Until a dozen roofing tiles were dropped against her door.
Mr Jackdaw got to work with all his family;
They mended Tabby's roof and she made them stay for tea.
Nevermore did Tabby chase them off her land;
She never would forget how they lent a helping hand.
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