Tuesday, March 4, 2008

bragging rights

It was feeding time at the zoo. All the animals were getting their food.
The lions ate their meat. The elephants ate their hay.
The monkeys ate their bananas. The bears ate their honey.
Then it was time for the seals to be fed. Mr. Johnson took them fish.
"Hooray for fish!" said the seals. They jumped in the water.
Soon the basket was empty. "That is all there is," said Mr. Johnson. "There is no more."
"Thank you for the fish," said the seals. "They were good." The seals were happy.
But one little seal was not happy. He sat by himself. He looked sad.
"What is wrong, Sammy?" said Mr. Johnson.
"I want to know what it is like outside the zoo," said the little seal. "I want to go out and look around"
"All right, Sammy," said Mr. Johnson. "You have been a good seal. You may go out and see."
"Goodbye Sammy," said the other seals. "Have a good time."
"Goodbye," said Sammy.
"Where are you going?" said the zebra. "I'm going out," said Sammy.
"Have fun," said the hippo. "Come back soon," said the giraffe.
Sammy walked and walked and walked. He did not know what to look at first.
"That seal must be from out of town," said a man. Sammy looked at everything.
"What street is this?" said a man. "I'm a stranger here myself," said Sammy.
"I guess it is feeding time here, too," said Sammy.
"That is a lovely fur coat," said a lady. "Where did you get it?"
"I was born with it," said Sammy.
"I wish I could find some water. I am hot. I want to go swimming, " said Sammy.
"We are sorry. There is no room for you in this puddle," said the birds.
"And there is no room for you here," said the goldfish.
"Keep out," said the policeman. "You cannot swim in there."
"Ah, here is a place!" said Sammy. "Who is in my bathtub?" said someone.
"I am sorry," said Sammy. He left at once.
Some children were standing in line. Sammy got in line too.
"What are we waiting for?" asked Sammy. "School. What do you think?" said a boy.
"That will be fun. I will come too," said Sammy.
The teacher was not looking. Sammy sat down. The children made words with blocks.
Sammy wished he could spell.
"All right, children. Now we will all sing a song," said the teacher. The children had good voices.
"That sounds fine," said the teacher. "But one of you is barking-- just like a seal."
"Is it you Joey?" said the teacher. "No," said Joey.
"Is it you Helen?" said the teacher. "No," said Helen.
"Is it you Dorothy, Robert, Fred, Joan, or Agnes?" "No," said the children.
"Then it must be you," said the teacher. "I am sorry. This school is for boys and girls."
"Please let me stay," said Sammy. "I will be good."
"All right. You may stay," said the teacher. Sammy was happy.
He sat at his desk and looked at the teacher. He learned how to read. He learned how to write.
"And now it is time to play," said the teacher. "Who wants to play a game?"
"We do," said the children. They threw the ball over the net.
"The ball must not hit the ground," cried Sammy's team. "Somebody catch the ball."
Sammy caught the ball on his nose! A boy on the other team tried to catch the ball on his nose, too. "Boys must catch with their hands," said the teacher.
Sammy tried to catch the ball with his flippers. "Seals must catch with their noses," said the teacher.
Up and down went the ball, from one side to the other. At last the teacher blew her whistle. "Who wins?" said the children. "It is even," said the teacher. Everybody was happy.
A bell rang. School was over. "Will you be here tomorrow?" said the children.
"No," said Sammy. "School is fun, but I belong at the zoo."
"Goodbye Sammy," said the children. "We will come to see you." "Good," said Sammy.
Sammy was in a hurry to get back to the zoo. He had so much to tell the other seals.
"May I welcome you home, Sammy," said Mr. Johnson. "I am glad you are back. You are just in time for dinner."
"There's no place like home," said Sammy.

-Two points for anyone who can tell me the name of that book.
-Two Hundred points for anyone who can tell me who read that whole entire book on her own to her mom before bed tonight.


Michelle Leigh said...

Hmmm, Put Me in the Zoo?

I'm guessing Savannah read it all to you! What a great little reader there!

K.M. Laughlin said...

Is it Sammy and the Seal???
Good job Savannah!!!!

Nicole said...

Sammy the Seal! I still have that book.

Anonymous said...

She does a super job of reading,and her spelling isn't bad either.What made her decide on that story? Is it new to your house? Wonder how long 'till Sawyer sits down and listens to "Nah" read to him.?:)XOXOXOXOX Mom/GrammaG

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