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Classics For Kids
Sherlock For Kids
The Red-Headed League
adapted for children from
the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle original
© 2015 Mark Williams
Published by Odyssey.
I had been strolling through Regent’s Park one October morning, enjoying the blustery wind. The trees were wearing their autumn colours – red, brown, yellow and orange, and all shades in between. Fallen leaves were being kicked about by happy children.
I was reminded of the colours of the leaves when I arrived at 221b Baker Street and found my dear friend Sherlock Holmes talking with a man who himself could best described as autumnal.
He had flaming red hair and a florid face that, with his brown suit and shoes, made him look almost like the trees I had just left behind in Regent’s park.
“I’m sorry, Holmes. I didn’t realize you were busy,” I said. “I’ll call back shortly.”
“No, no,” said Holmes. “Do come in, Watson. I would like you to meet Mr. Jabez Wilson, who has come to me with a most bizarre mystery.”
“This sounds interesting,” I said.
“Indeed,” agreed Holmes. He turned to his guest. “Mr. Wilson, would you begin again and explain to my dear friend Dr. Watson the events that bring you here today. I will benefit from hearing the story again myself, for it is quite remarkable.”
At that moment Mrs. Hudson appeared in the doorway with a covered tray. She placed the tray on the table and removed the cloth to reveal a pot of tea, milk and sugar, and three cups and saucers.
“I heard the Doctor arrive, Mr. Holmes,” she said, “and I knew he would welcome a fresh pot of tea. And I knew your other guest had not yet left, so I took the liberty of adding a cup for him.”
“Splendid, Mrs. Hudson!” Holmes declared. “You must be a mind-reader, for I was about to ring the bell and ask you to bring us a pot! Mr. Wilson, do help yourself to tea, and then take a seat and tell me again this remarkable story.”