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Summer Break is NOT a Break!

Since school is out I can sleep till eight o’clock in the morning.  Mom then wakes me up and says there are a lot of things that I need to do.  My Mom does not understand how exhausted I am from my stressful school year.  I thought this summer was to be a real break where I could do nothing and just relax– but my Mom does not see it that way.  She has jobs for me to do about every day.  Yesterday she said I had to help my brother, Dwayne, wash the house windows—all of them in one day!  Whoever built our house never thought about the work it was to keep those windows clean.  This was not a fun job until Dwayne got the smart idea to use the garden hose to get the windows wet.   We got soaked but got the windows cleaned.  I would spray the water on each window and on Dwayne.  He would then wash the windows with a cleaner.  I would then rinse the clearer off, and Dwayne would then dry and shine them.        Mom was really surprised at how good we did at getting them cleaned.  What could have taken all day only took us only four hours.

Lost in the Barn

Last weekend Andy got permission from his Mom and Dad to go with me to my grandpa’s farm–if Uncle Andrew came along.  Uncle Andrew is a really cool retired ant.  He likes unexpected adventures and is always easy to talk to.  I have been wanting Andy to go with me for weeks and was glad Uncle Andrew could come with us.

When we got to the farm I told dad I wanted to go see grandpa’s chickens behind the big old barn.  Dad said ok but to stay out of the barn.  Andy and Uncle Andrew, as usual, were in my shirt pocket watching my every step.  As we got close to the old barn I remembered what fun I had in there with my cousins that last time we visited.  I decided to show Andy and Uncle Andrew this spooky old place.  I opened the big old barn door and stepped in.  It was really dark and dusty inside.  It was eerie and really scary.  Andy and Uncle Andrew were amazed at the size of this old place.  I headed toward the hay loft so I could show Andy and Uncle Andrew where I jumped into the hay stack.

Suddenly a big wind gust came through the barn and the big door slammed shut behind me.  The noise of the door slamming about scared me to death.  I could not see a thing because I was now in total darkness.  It was totally silent now.  Andy and Uncle Andrew never said a word. I don’t think I have ever been more afraid.  Eventually I found my way to the door.  As I opened the door I looked down to see how Andy and Uncle Andrew were doing.  But they were gone!  I looked in my pocket and all around my shirt—but they had disappeared….

Finish this story by answering the following questions:

  • What happened to Andy and Uncle Andrew?
  • Why did they suddenly disappear?
  • Where are they now?
  • How will Joey find then?
  • What lesson did Joey learn by going into the big old barn?


The Big 4th in the Park

I always look forward to the big city picnic on the 4th of July.  We go to the park right after a quick lunch and swim for a couple of hours in the big public pool.  It seems like almost every kid in my school is there.  I am not the best swimmer but I get by.  I like jumping off the diving board and going down the giant slide.  What a blast!  Midafternoon we play group games with our parents.  All the parents try to beat us but we kids always win.  The older kids and some of the adults usually play baseball for a couple of hours.  Late in the day there is a big picnic where every family brings food.  We eat until we are stuffed.  The best part of the day starts about 9 pm.  The city puts on a huge fireworks show that seems to last forever. I like to lay on the grass and look up at the sky and watch as the fireworks go off.  Andy told me last year he did not want to go with me this year. He said there were too many people and the fireworks noise hurt his ant feelers.

What a Great Concert!

Last Saturday night was the band concert in the band shell.  I think this was the best we ever played. There were over 300 people that heard us play.  My trumpet solo really ended well.  No one knows, but I had Andy in my shirt pocket so he could hear the music and see the big crowd.  Andy told me afterword that he was impressed with the good job we did.  He should know, because his ant band is fantastic.  They win all kinds of awards.

After we played our last song all the people stood up and cheered.  That made all of us kids feel really good about our  performance.        This concert was after the last day at school so that means I don’t have to go back to school for 10 weeks!  Summer is here and I really need a long break.  I overheard one of the teachers tell another teacher that she was ready to be away from us kids for the summer.  The feeling is mutual!

I Really Messed Up!

Big mess up today.  I forgot my music and left it home today.  I should have put it away after practicing last night.  When I got to band practice I realized the music was not there.  I had to think fast.  I decided to borrow my friend, Kenney’s, music since he could not attend practice due to a doctor’s appointment.  After practice, I forgot to put his music back.  I threw it in my trumpet case and ran out the door.  If you want to know what happened after that you need to get The Band Music Mystery book.  All I can tell you is I created a mess and about lost Andy Ant in the process.  Nothing bad would have happened if I had just taken my own music to school!