The Disobedient Kids and other Czecho-Slovak fairy tales/The Magician, the Cat and the Stove
The Magician, the Cat and the Stove.
Once upon a time there was a famous magician. This wonderful man was very fond of children.
"Now think, children," he said one day when they crowded around him, "l have seventy-seven pockets and in each one a story. Which pocket do you choose?"
"Let be from the tenth," exclaimed a little girl.
"Very well." said the magician, "let it be from the tenth" and so he began, as all fairy stories everywhere begin.
"Once upon a time, there was a king. He had a big dough board and a big oven. On top of the oven was the favorite place for his cat, which would sit there and talk to the king. Now listen, children. This tale is too long to tell you now."