BC: By: Fernando Pumarejo and Julian Fueyo Honors World Literature Ms. Emily Muprhy December 2012
FC: By Fernando and Julian | The koala and the kangaroo
1: Once upon a time, in the mystical and magical land of Australia, there were two very good friends. Each one of them had a son, who were so young they had just started to learn to read and write. These two fantastic friends were called Koala and Kangaroo.
2: Kangaroo, as always, carried his baby in his little front pouch and took him everywhere he went. They would go together to the pool, to the supermarket, even fishing, baby Kangaroo loved being with his dad.
3: Koala didn’t take his baby everywhere. They had never gone to the pool, to the supermarket; or even the jungle gym! What Koala did, was leave his son at their house a huge tree and tell him about all these amazing adventures he had had throughout his life.
4: As the years went by, baby Kangaroo started learning a lot of things, just because his father had taught him by showing him how to do them. | This is my favorite drawing.
5: Koala was upset because his son didn’t know how to do all these amazing things like baby Kangaroo did. Koala began trying to find what was going on between his relationship between him and his son, and still didn't know what was wrong.
6: Baby Kangaroo grew up to be a very responsible, smart and happy child, while baby Koala grew up to be a sad and kind of slow kid; he wasn’t what someone would call “the brightest pea in the pod”. He learned bad habits and became a very lazy Koala.
7: One day, baby Koala and baby Kangaroo met at the playground. The small Kangaroo was eating a sandwich made by his mom and cleaned up after himself when he was finished. Baby Koala saw that baby Kangaroo was a much more happy, smart, and responsible kid.
8: He felt pretty sad at the moment. Thinking about this, he ran up to baby Kangaroo and said, “How come you are so smart?” | “What do you mean?” said the small Kangaroo.
9: “Well, I noticed you know how to organize your lunchbox and clean after yourself when you’re done eating. The other kids told me you always earn 100’s at school and that you’re the smartest kid in the kindergarten,” said the baby Koala shyly. | “Oh! Thank you, I learned it all from my dad. He carries me everywhere in his little pouch. This way I can see what he does and how he does it. Thanks to him, I have become a smart kid who knows how to do a lot of things most of the kids my age don’t know how to,” answered the Kangaroo.
10: “Wow, thanks a lot! I will tell my dad to carry me everywhere now so I can learn and be a smart kid too!” said the baby Koala joyfully.
11: The baby Koala went back to his house on the tree hopping and smiling. He told his dad about his conversation with his new friend at the playground, the Kangaroo. | Koala was amazed to realize that his son could learn much more by showing him how to do stuff, rather than simply telling him how to do it.
12: Ever since that day, Koala would carry his son everywhere on his back so he could learn the different ways of the world.
13: Koala saw that children and even adults learned much more by example than by simply hearing an explanation. That’s the story why Koalas carry their children on their backs.