BC: Reading Club 2010-2011 | After an author's study on Jan Brett, our class decided to make a story like hers. Brett uses all animals in her books, so we did as well. The difference with our book is that each student became the character. The goal of our story was to create an anti-bullying message. We hope you enjoy our story and have as much fun reading it as we had making it!
FC: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe! | L.E.A.P. | Don't Be a Bully, Be a Friend!
1: They took off their coats and unpacked their bags. They went to their seats. | It was a cold, snowy morning when the children arrived at school.
2: Cat and Kangaroo left for breakfast. Dog, Snake, Horse, and Hawk sat down to start morning work. | Meanwhile, Ms. El took attendance. Flamingo and Lion were absent.
3: "Little girls have a magic all their own."
4: The class was busy reading their leveled readers at their seat.
5: Mr. Bee, the principal came through the door. Behind Mr. Bee was a new student. Mr. Bee said,"Good Morning, I have a new student to introduce you to!" | Mr. Bee waited for everyone's attention, then said "Friends, this is Mouse".
6: Ms. El threw her trunk into the air and let out a gasp. | She ran toward the door taking out Mr. Bee on her way. Mr. Bee, flat as a pancake, managed to get himself up and flew towards Ms. El leaving poor Mouse alone at the door. | Mouse was scared. She was in a new school, without any friends. Worst of all, she scared her teacher on the first day of school!
7: Cat, who was staring at Mouse with big eyes, tried to reassure Mouse that everything would be okay. But Mouse did not feel better as she watched cat lower | her front end and twitch her tail really slowly. Then, Mouse heard Cat's stomach growl! She could tell that Cat was ready to pounce any minute.
8: That wasn't the only problem Mouse had to deal with. Sitting up on a perch was Hawk, who also had her eyes on Mouse. | Hawk began to spread her wings and then started to fan her tail waiting for Mouse to make her move.
9: While Cat and Hawk were eyeing Mouse, another student, Dog, had his eyes on Cat's flapping tail. | But Dog wasn't the only student eyeing up a friend. Horse had her eyes on Dog, too! Horse was still upset from the day before when Dog bit her legs.
10: Horse and Snake | At the same time, Snake glared at Horse. Snake was mad at Horse because that morning, Horse had stepped on his tail and didn't apologize. | The animals stared at Mouse quietly as they thought about their next move.
11: Mouse was very worried. She covered her face, and her body began to shake. | Mouse stood alone at the door; Cat and Hawk's eyes were fixed on Mouse.
12: Kangaroo | Kangaroo was so into his book that he didn't notice what was going on around him. He slammed his book shut and let out a sigh. | Mouse, frightened by the noise, jumped and ran under the table to hide. Cat and Hawk took after her.
13: The other animals watched as Cat and Hawk chased Mouse. This led Dog to chase after Cat. Horse took after Dog, and Snake trailed after Horse. | Suddenly Mouse realized she was being chased, so she continued to run. She ran and ran and ran until she ran into something big and furry.
14: It was Kangaroo's foot! Kangaroo leaned over, opened up his pouch and yelled, "Get in!"
15: Kangaroo picked up his large feet and slammed them on the floor, getting the attention of all his classmates. His classmates stared at him. | "Don't be a bully, be a friend!" shouted Kangaroo. "Stop chasing each other, and be nice!" | This made the animals realize how mean they were being to each other.
16: Cat and Hawk walked slowly up to Mouse, who was still in Kangaroo's pouch. | They apologized for chasing her and wanting to eat her.
17: At that moment, the class began to apologize to their friends for their mean behavior. | Horse told Snake she was sorry for stepping on his tail. | Dog apologized to Horse for biting her legs. | Dog | Horse
18: Hearing the class apologize to their friends, Mouse poked her head out of Kangaroo's pouch.
19: Oh no! | At that time, Mr. Bee and Ms. El walked back into the classroom. Their eyes g r e w as they looked around and saw tables and chairs flipped over, and papers everywhere!
20: Kangaroo told Mr. Bee that students were bullying their friends. He explained that the class realized they were being bullies, and apologized to each other, including their new classmate Mouse. | The next morning on the announcements Mr. Bee told the whole school about how Kangaroo helped out a new friend, and declared him as Principal for the Day. Ms. El's class stood up and cheered. | HONESTY
21: The End
22: Kangaroo played by Ethan Washburn | Hawk played by Hope Gill | Snake played by Wiley Weatherbee | Substitute Patty Evert | Dog played by Keegan Baker | Cat played by Madison Kovach | Characters
23: Horse played by Miss Sweet | Ms. El played by Miss Albro | Mr. Bee played by Mr. Bean | Mouse played by Miss Wood