Mandy dog, Kitty cat, Len hen and Bingo duck were good friends. Every evening they went together to Jingu Park to play.
They would run around the trees or have races on the running tracks. But what they enjoyed most was playing together with a red ball. And when they were tired, they would sit by the side of the fountain and chat.
One evening, Tricky fox was strolling around in Jingu Park. She saw Mandy dog, Kitty cat, Len hen and Bingo duck having fun playing together with the red ball. She thought, “Playing with the red ball will be great fun.” So she too wanted to play with the red ball.
Tricky fox first went to Kitty cat and said, “Let us have fun and play together with the red ball.” “Go away, Tricky fox. You pushed me from the swings. I fell down and got hurt on my forehead. It was very painful. I will not play with you,” said Kitty cat, turning away angrily.
Tricky fox next went to Mandy dog and said, “Mandy, I want to play with you. Let us play with the red ball.” “Go away, Tricky fox. You broke my bat. I will not play with you,” said Mandy dog wagging his tail in anger.
Tricky fox then thought, “Why not ask Bingo duck to play with me?” So putting on her best smile, she went to Bingo duck and said,” Bin-Bin, you are a dear. I want to play with you. Let us play with the red ball.”
Bingo duck started sobbing when she saw Tricky fox. She said with tears trickling down, “Go away, Tricky fox. You snatched my favourite doll. You have no idea how much I cried. I still feel upset when I think of my doll. I will not play with you.”
Tricky fox said to herself, “Let Kitty cat, Mandy dog and Bingo duck not play with me. I will play with Len hen.”
So she said to Len hen, “Come Len, let us play together with the red ball and have fun.” Len hen’s forehead was all frowns when she saw Tricky fox. She squeaked, “Go away, Tricky fox. You beat me up the other day. I will not play with you.”
No one played with Tricky fox because she fought with her friends and snatched toys from them. She could not play with the red ball. Tricky fox felt sad and lonely without friends.