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Barry Saves The Village Girls
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One Autumn Barry and his three friends, Pat the Arms, Pat the Eyes and Pat the Wind were in their orchard.
Pat the Wind took in a big breath of air and then blew out, knocking all the apples from the trees.
Pat the Arms then gathered them up and carried them in a big basket back to their house.
While Pat the Arms was squeezing the juice out of the apples to make apple jelly, Pat the Eyes ran in.
He had been sitting on a wall watching a pimple on the beak of a bird on the other side of the valley.
He noticed something terribly wrong in a small village a few miles away.
"I've been watching a village where all the people are crying.
There are grown-ups and little boys, but I could not see any little girls at all!"
"Then we must go and help them," said Barry and they left the apple jelly for another day.
Pat the Eyes led them towards the village.
The people there were poor and their clothes were raggedy and not warm.
Barry asked them what was wrong.
They said: "Two men with black beards came here yesterday.
They gave sweets to all the little girls, then they asked them to go with them in their lovely carriage.
No one here has a carriage like that so all the little girls went.
We waited and waited but they did not come back!"
"Don't worry" Barry told the village people, "we will find the girls and bring them back here."
This gave them hope.
Pat the Eyes could see some faint tracks in the grass and he led the others in the right direction.
Then Pat the Eyes stopped and said,
"I see a big house surrounded by a moat and the girls are locked up inside, working.
The two men with the black beards are using them as slaves!"
When they got near the big house Pat the Arms went to a wood and pulled up ten tall trees with his hands.
He removed the branches and tied the trees together to make a bridge.
Using this, they were able to cross the moat and get to the front door of the big house.
Pat the Eyes then told the others "One of the men has a pot of hot oil on the roof, he is about to pour it down on us!"
Pat the Wind filled his lungs with air and blew the hot oil back on top of the man on the roof.
The man ran away screaming!
Pat the Arms broke down the door of the house.
Barry and his three friends went inside.
In a big room, the village girls were all seated at a big table knitting, while the other man watched them.
When he saw Barry and his three friends he grabbed a big knife!
"Go away or I will harm the girls" he shouted.
The girls were very frightened.
The table was full of balls of wool and dresses.
Pat the Wind blew these things all over the room.
This distracted the bad man for a minute.
Then Pat the Arms punched the bad man so hard he flew out the window and was not seen again!
Barry hugged the girls and told them that he would bring them back to their Mammies and Daddies.
"Gather up the balls of wool." he told them, "they are valuable"
Pat the Eyes found the horse and carriage and the children got in.
He found a big bag and put the balls of wool in it.
Barry led the horse with the carriage towards the village.
Pat the Arms carried the big bag of wool on his back.
When they reached the village the Mammies and Daddies hugged all the little girls. Everyone was very happy.
The people said, "Let's have a party to celebrate the return of our little girls and to thank the boy and his three friends for getting them back."
Tables were carried out of the houses and filled with food and drink.
Barry and his three friends were given the best seats.
Everyone enjoyed the party.
After the party Barry and his three friends slept in different houses in the village.
The next morning he told the villagers,
"You have a big bag of wool for making clothes for the winter.
This bag should last for many years, it will keep you warm.
Also the horse and carriage can be used for going to the town."
Barry and his three friends then waved goodbye and went back to their home on the farm.
There they continued making the apple jelly for the winter.
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Martin is now a retired College Lecturer who enjoys writing and foreign travel with his wife, he occasionally writes for magazines.
While Martin's five children were growing up, he and his wife Carmel loved to tell the children stories.
Two of these special stories were Smut Fada (means long snout) and The Three Pats.
When Martin's grandchild Katie wanted to hear some stories, Martin sat down to write the spin-off stories.
Credit is due to Martin's eldest son Rory who provides story illustrations (Smut Fada).
Martin's youngest son Barry, was the original inspiration for boy called Barry in The Three Pats story, Barry now gives Martin technical help with his computer.
Here's a list of just some of Martin's stories which are rotated on this page one at a time and available to registered readers. The entire collection is available immediately to those registered for Unlimited Children's Stories (see Free Story Access above).
Major Feathers And Silver
Smut Fada Book 1 Tales From Ireland
Smut Fada finds a home
Madam Elly learns a lesson
Major Feathers and Silver
Norah and Snowy
Owen Catches a Thief
The Three Pats
Barry and the Pirates
Barry and the Wicked Dogs
Barry helps a Farmer
Barry helps a sick girl
Barry saves the village girls
Thanks for your interest and happy reading.