Once upon a time
there was a king in Lapland called Rudolph. He had bright ginger hair so his people
called him Rudolph the Red.
Now Rudolph the
Red was bad-tempered and argued a lot. He gave his poor wife, Gertrude the Green,
a terrible time. No matter what she said he had to argue.
One winter's day
Gertrude the Green looked out of the palace window and said, 'Oh dear, it's snowing
again. You'll have to clear the footpath before mother comes to tea.'
the Red grunted. He didn't fancy shifting snow and he didn't want Gertrude the
Green's mother coming to tea.
'That's not snow.
It's rain!' he argued.
'But it's white and fluffy and drifting,' Gertrude the Green tried to tell him.
Rudolph the Red hid behind his newspaper and snapped, 'It's rain!'
Gertrude the Green became quite angry. 'Gertrude the Green knows snow, darling!'
'Yes,' retorted her husband. 'And Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear!'
'What a great title for a song!' Gertrude the Green exclaimed.