Gert bumped along in the tree on the shoulder of  the Strong Man and more and more people joined the line. The funny little fella with the pointed hat danced and yelled the whole way and the Strong Man grunted and groaned and sweated so much that Gert thought  she might drown in perspiration.  As soon as he bent down and put the tree on the ground Gert jumped off and ran as fast as she can.  She knew that she had better hide for a while and work things out.

Now Gert had never seen a house and she had never seen anyone wearing anything more than a gumnut hat so she was pretty excited to see so many new things.


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