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Winter in Kullerbü

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Not too long ago Paul wished that it would finally snow – and just like that his wish came true. It started to snow right on time for Christmas, and now everything is covered with a thick white blanket of snow. And while Paul’s father grumbles because he has to shovel snow multiple times per day, Paul can’t get enough of the white splendor. Every free moment is spent outside with his friends. They build snowmen, have one snowball fight after the other, or sled down the hill behind the house.

One morning, as Paul and his parents are sitting down to breakfast, the telephone suddenly rings. Judging by his mum’s expression, it’s not good news. “Oh no,” she says a few times and shakes her head anxiously. “Stay where you are,” she says finally, “we’ll send help. It’ll be OK.” Agitated she comes back to the breakfast table and says “Guess what’s happened ... on their way here Kati and Kalle’s convertibles got stuck in the snow just outside Kullerbü!” Suddenly Paul is very sad. He was so looking forward to his cousins Kati and Kalle coming to visit them. They’re both a few years older than Paul and can already drive. Paul’s father immediately picks up the phone to call the towing service, but he has a lot going on today and won’t be able to help them for a while. “We have to think of something else,” decides Paul’s dad, and suddenly has an idea. “If the streets are full of snow then we need an airplane,  I’ll give the flying mice a call, they’re sure to be able to help us!”

Just a few minutes later there is a loud rattling noise in front of the house. The mice are coming in to land and are trying to bring the plane down on the street in front of the house but it’s not so easy with all the snow and ice. Finally they manage it and Paul’s dad quickly gets in to show them the way to Kati and Kalle. Paul would have liked to go too, but his mum didn’t let him. It doesn’t take long for them to reach the colorful convertibles of Kati and Kalle, which are stuck in a snowdrift. “Hi Kati, hi Kalle,” calls out Paul’s dad and waves to grab their attention. “We’ll pull your cars out of the snow!”

He throws a rope out of the plane, which Kati and Kalle use to tie their cars together. In the meantime, the flying mice do loops in the sky. Then Paul’s dad throws down a second, longer rope that they attach to the first car. “Are you ready?” Paul’s dad calls down, and Kalle gives him the thumbs up. Then the flying mice fly carefully forward and quickly manage to pull both cars out of the snow and up the steep hill that leads to Kullerbü. Enthusiastic cheers can be heard from the two convertibles. Kati and Kalle have never had so much fun on the drive to Kullerbü!

When they finally arrive safe and sound at the house of Paul and his parents, everyone is relieved. “Come inside quickly,” calls Paul’s mum, who is waiting at the front door with her son. “We’ve already set the table so that you can warm up with some tea and cake.” Nobody needs to be told twice.
 

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