Author: Louis Slobodkin
Copyright Date: 1948
Pagination: 36 p.
HUSTLE and BUSTLE
Were two happy Hippopotamuses
Who lived in the Zoo.
They were very good friends
VERY, VERY, VERY GOOD FRIENDS!
To visit the good friends Hustle and Bustle.
We walked all through the Zoo
Past the Lions, the Tigers, the Monkeys and the Elephants.
But ONE day when we came to Hustle’s and Bustle’s cages
They were sitting FAR APART!
Their friendship was over!
They really seemed angry with each other!
We ran to tell the Zoo-keeper.
He had been so busy feeding the Seals
He had not noticed, and he was surprised
To see how sad and very unfriendly
Hustle and Bustle had become.
The Zoo-keeper ran to tell the Park Commissioner.
He was so busy planting treeshe had not noticed
How unfriendly the good friends had become.
The Commissioner went with us to tell the Chief of Police.
Because we all know that when good friends
Become unfriendlythere’s usually trouble.
The Chief buttoned his great coat
And we all walked back to the Zoo
To see what we could do.
But we could do nothing!
The Chief said, “Now, now, Hustle” and “Now, Bustle”
But they would not listen. They were too angry.
At last we went to see the MAYOR!
And his Honor, the Mayor, talked it over
With the Councilmen. And everyone worried
About the good friends, Hustle and Bustle.
We lived in a friendly city
Where everyone was friends with everyone else
Or they had to move away. We all loved Hustle and Bustle
And we knew we would miss them if they moved away.
A Town Meeting was called at the Zoo
We all cried a little. We could not help it
Because it was all so sad.
The Police Band played a sad song
Called “Never forget the forget-me-nots!”
Tears gathered in the eyes of Hustle and overflowed
We ran for higher ground
Would they fight? We all asked ourselves.
The next day we hurried to the Zoo