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Patches and the


Once upon a time there lived a young girl called Patches by her grandmother and grandfather. She and her grandparents lived and worked together. Grandfather took care of the apple orchard. Grandmother took care of the cow and the chickens. Patches took care of the vegetable garden.

Patches loved her grandparents and her vegetables but she was not happy. She always thought about her father, who was a soldier. She wished she could ride beside him to foreign lands, see strange people and have great adventures. She lay in the shade of the asparagus ferns watching white clouds drift by overhead, dreaming.

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