Going to Round Rock

Adapted by Dorothy McMahon

(Flannel board patterns are provided here for you to print and use in its presentation.)

One afternoon, Coyote was walking next to the horse pasture of the Flying Mustang Ranch. Suddenly, several horseflies began flying around his head. Coyote reached up, caught one of those horseflies, and quickly put it in the burlap sack he was carrying. He tied up that burlap sack, threw it over his shoulder, and started traveling down the road.

He traveled until he came to the Running W Ranch where he met Garwood, the ranch house cook. Garwood was cooking up a mess of delicious smelling chili. Now when Coyote smelled it, he was hungry! So, coyote hatched a plan to rustle up something to eat.

"Could I leave my burlap sack here while I go to Round Rock?" asked Coyote.

Garwood said, "Sure, you can leave it here. I don't mind at all."

"That's very neighborly and kind of you," said Coyote. "But while I'm gone, be sure not to open my burlap sack."

Coyote sauntered off down the road grinnin' from ear to ear. He was barely out of sight before Garwood looked at that tightly tied burlap sack. Usually, he was not very curious, but for some reason, his curiosity got the better of him. "Why shouldn't I take just one little bitty peek inside that sack?" he thought. And he did.

Of course, when he did that horsefly came flying out. A gecko living under the nearby porch quickly caught that horsefly with a flip of its long tongue and swallowed him in one gulp.

Now Coyote, he turned right back around, came back to the Running W. Ranch, and picked up his sack. It felt lighter than it had before, so he looked inside. Seeing that his horsefly was gone, he said, "My horsefly is gone. You opened my burlap sack, didn't you?"

"I did open your burlap sack," Garwood said. "I was taking just one little peek when that horsefly flew out and it was eaten by the gecko that lives under the porch."

"Well, it's too bad that happened," said Coyote. "But now I must take the gecko."

Coyote scooped up that gecko, put him in his burlap sack, and continued walking down the road.

He traveled until he came to the Yellow Rose of Texas Ranch. There he met Miss Ruby Lee Gerdes who was one of the prettiest cowgirls around those parts.

"Could I leave my burlap sack here while I go to Round Rock?" asked Coyote.

Miss Ruby Lee said, "Sure, you can leave it here. I don't mind at all."

"That's very neighborly and kind of you," said Coyote. "But while I'm gone, be sure not to open my burlap sack."

Coyote sauntered off down the road grinnin' from ear to ear again. He was barely out of sight before Miss Ruby Lee looked at that tightly tied burlap sack. Usually, she was not very curious, but today her curiosity got the better of her. "Why shouldn't I take just one little bitty peek inside that sack?" she thought. And she did.

Of course, when she did that gecko came scurrying out. Miss Ruby Lee's pet roadrunner was nearby and quickly gobbled up that gecko in the wink of an eye.

Now Coyote, he turned right back around, came back to the Yellow Rose of Texas Ranch, and picked up his sack. It felt lighter than it had before, so he looked inside. Seeing that his gecko was gone, he said, "My gecko is gone. You opened my burlap sack, didn't you?"

"I did open your burlap sack," said Miss Ruby Lee. "I was taking just one little peek when that gecko scurried out and was quickly eaten by my pet roadrunner."

"Well, it's too bad that happened," said Coyote. "But now I must take the roadrunner."

Coyote grabbed that roadrunner, put it in his burlap sack, and continued walking down the road.

He traveled until he came to the Rocking R Ranch, which had the finest herd of longhorn cattle in the State of Texas. There he met the ranch foreman, Collie Loflin.

"Could I leave my burlap sack here while I go to Round Rock?" asked Coyote.

Collie Loflin said, "Sure, you can leave it here. I don't mind at all."

"That's very neighborly and kind of you," said Coyote. "But while I'm gone, be sure not to open my burlap sack."

Coyote sauntered off down the road grinnin' from ear to ear. He was barely out of sight before Collie looked at that tightly tied burlap sack. Usually he was not very curious, but today his curiosity got the better of him. "Why shouldn't I take just one little bitty peek inside that sack?" he thought. And he did.

Of course, when he did that roadrunner came running out. One of Collie's longhorns was grazing nearby. It began chasing that roadrunner. The longhorn, however, was no match for the roadrunner; and the roadrunner was out of sight in a flash.

Now Coyote, he turned right back around, came back to the Rocking R Ranch, and picked up his sack. It felt lighter than it had before, so he looked inside. Seeing that his roadrunner was gone, he said, "Where is my roadrunner? You opened my burlap sack, didn't you?"

"I did open your burlap sack," said Collie. "I was taking just one little peek when that roadrunner ran out and one of my longhorns chased it away."

"Well, it's too bad that happened," said Coyote. "But now I must take the longhorn."

Coyote roped that longhorn, put it in his burlap sack, and continued walking down the road.

He traveled until he came to the Bluebonnet Ranch. There he met the owner Miss Ida Mae Dosset and her niece, Ivy Dean, who was visiting her from up North.

"Could I leave my burlap sack here while I go to Round Rock?" asked Coyote.

Miss Ida Mae said, "Sure, you can leave it here. I don't mind at all."

"That's very neighborly and kind of you," said Coyote. "But while I'm gone, be sure not to open my burlap sack."

Coyote sauntered off down the road grinnin' from ear to ear again. He was barely out of sight before Miss Ida Mae looked at that tightly tied burlap sack. Usually, she was not very curious, but today her curiosity got the better of her. "Why shouldn't I take just one little bitty peek inside that sack," she thought. And she did.

Of course, when she did that longhorn came bolting out. Ivy Dean had never seen a longhorn before and she screamed. That longhorn was so startled by her scream, he broke through the corral fence and didn't stop running until it got to the next county.

Now Coyote, he turned right back around, came back to the Bluebonnet Ranch, and picked up his sack. It felt lighter than before, so he looked inside. Seeing that his longhorn was gone, he said, "Where is my longhorn? You opened my burlap sack, didn't you?"

"I did open your burlap sack," Miss Ida Mae said. "I was taking just one little peek when that longhorn ran out. My niece Ivy Dean screamed, and I'm afraid her scream scared it to death. And I haven't seen that longhorn since.

"Well, it's too bad that happened," said Coyote. "But now I must take your niece."

Coyote grabbed Ivy Dean by the arm, put her in his burlap sack, and continued walking down the road.

He traveled until he came to the Circle D Ranch. There he met Mrs. Mildred Inez Dodson, who was famous for her jalapeño bean soup.

"Could I leave my burlap sack here while I go to Round Rock?" asked Coyote. Mrs. Mildred Inez said, "Sure, you can leave it here. I don't mind at all."

"That's very neighborly and kind of you," said Coyote. "But while I'm gone, be sure not to open my burlap sack."

Coyote sauntered off down the road grinnin' from ear to ear again.

Mrs. Mildred Inez was cooking her famous jalapeño bean soup. Her nieces and nephews, who were visiting, couldn't wait to taste it. "Oh, Aunt Mildred Inez," they said, "When can we have a bowl of your delicious jalapeño bean soup?"

No one at the Circle D Ranch paid one bit of attention to that tightly tied burlap sack, until Ivy Dean, who was scared and hungry inside of it, smelled the delicious soup, and suddenly she cried out, "Oh Miss, could I have a bowl of that soup too?"

Hearing a little girl's voice coming from that burlap sack, Mrs. Mildred Inez quickly opened that sack. When she realized what Coyote was up to, she replaced Ivy Dean with her own pet bobcat and tied that sack back up just as tightly.

Now Coyote, he turned right back around, came back to the Circle D Ranch. He saw that the burlap sack was still tightly tied and it felt full. He threw the burlap sack over his shoulder and continued traveling down the road.

Soon Coyote stopped to rest under a nice shade tree. He was hungry and began to untie the burlap sack. If Ivy Dean had been in that sack, well, you know what might have happened. But, luckily, she wasn't in that sack. She was at Mrs. Mildred Inez's house eating a bowl of her delicious jalapeño bean soup. And, when Coyote untied the burlap sack, he didn't find a little girl. What he did find was a very mad bobcat. That bobcat sprang out of that sack and began chasing Coyote. Coyote scrambled down that road as fast and far as he could just a-yippin' and a-howlin'. And to this day, Coyote has never been seen anywhere near any of those ranches again.

 



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