|A parcel for the odd-bugs|
The odd-bugs live in the hollow of an odd tree. The Odd-bugs had an odd tree. The Odd-bugs had an odd number of legs and of course an odd number of feet.
Big-bug came marching in. "Look everyone!" he cried, "it's a parcel all wrapped up in brown paper. The label says it's from Uncle Odd. I wonder what's in it?"
"If you open it," said the littlest odd-bug, "you'll have a pretty good idea."
"I was just about to!" said Big-bug, and he tore off the wrapping.
"It's tea-cups", said the odd-bugs all together, "and saucers."
The odd-bugs busied themselves matching cups to saucers. But only one cup and saucer seemed to match.
|It was a cup with 5 spots on and a saucer with 5 spots.
"5 plus 5 makes 10" said little-bug. "The spots on a cup and saucer match when the sum of the spots is 10. How many pairs of cups and saucers are there?"
The odd-bugs began counting spots. Soon there were 5 cups standing on 5 saucers but one saucer, with 10 spots on it, was left all by itself with no cup to match.
The odd-bugs stood about looking glum. They didn't like having one saucer left over.
"I wish Uncle Odd was here," said Blue-bug." "He might have the missing cup..."