• by Will Coleman

    Kanker the Crab loves to collect things, although sometimes less is more.
  • This is Kanker.

    Kanker ov vy!” says Kanker, “I’m Crab!”

    Kanker loves to collect things.

    He finds five lovely seashells.

    Yma genev vy pymp krogen!” says Kanker, “I’ve got five shells!”

    Kanker puts the five shells on his back.

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  • A hermit crab is interested in one of Kanker’s shells to use as a home.

    Ke dhe-ves!” yells Kanker, waving his pincers, “Go away!”

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  • Kanker finds four special coloured stones.

    Yma genev vy peswar men

    hag yma genev vy pymp krogen!”

    says Kanker, “I’ve got four stones and I’ve got five shells!”

    Kanker puts the four special coloured stones on his back.

    A little boy is picking up special coloured stones to keep in a jam jar.

    Ke dhe-ves!” yells Kanker, waving his pincers, “Go away!”

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  • Kanker finds three silver coins.

    Yma genev vy tri bath

    hag yma genev vy peswar men

    hag yma genev vy pymp krogen!”

    says Kanker, “I’ve got three coins and I’ve got four stones and I’ve got five shells!”

    Kanker puts the three silver coins on his back.

    A little girl would like 50p to spend on ice-cream.

    Ke dhe-ves!” yells Kanker, waving his pincers, “Go away!”

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  • Kanker finds two plastic bottle-tops.

    Yma genev vy dew benn botel

    hag yma genev vy tri bath

    hag yma genev vy peswar men

    hag yma genev vy pymp krogen!”

    says Kanker, “I’ve got two bottle tops and I’ve got three coins and I’ve got four stones and I’ve got five shells!”

    Kanker puts the two plastic bottle-tops on his back.

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  • Dyskador wants plastic bottle-tops for tomorrow’s junk-modelling class.

    Ke dhe-ves!” yells Kanker, waving his pincers, “Go away!”

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  • Kanker finds one bendy straw.

    Yma genev vy unn galen

    hag yma genev vy dew benn botel

    hag yma genev vy tri bath

    hag yma genev vy peswar men

    hag yma genev vy pymp krogen!”

    says Kanker, “I’ve got one straw and I’ve got two bottle tops and I’ve got three coins and I’ve got four stones and I’ve got five shells!”

    Kanker puts the bendy straw on his back.

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  • But, now there are too many things on Kanker’s back.

    Everything falls off.

    Kanker gives up and leaves his collection behind.

    Hemm yw gwell; nyns eus genev vy tra vyth!

    says Kanker, “That’s better; now I have got nothing!”

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