Who is the story about? Pup...a stub-tailed dog with golden, curly fur
Description Once upon a neighborhood there stood a quaint little house with wooden shutters and a chimney of bricks stacked neatly on the rooftop. Inside there lived a family of three. Four if you counted the stub-tailed dog with the golden, curly fur. On this particular morning there was no work for Father, no appointments for Mother and no school for the Wee Small Child so off they ventured down the street for some fresh air and exercise. They didn’t take Pup and so he found something else to do.
Who else is in the story? Father, Mother and the Wee Small Child
Where are they? Pup is alone in the house
What are they doing? Pup walked from his doghouse to the kitchen door, squeezed through the doggy door and entered the kitchen. Standing on the table of unwashed dishes, Pup sniffed Father’s big bowl and pushed aside the yellow bits. Too smelly! Then, he tasted a bit of goo in Mother’s bowl. Too blah! Then, he took a slurp of the odd-colored shapes in the Wee Small Child’s bowl. Delicious! So he lapped it all up. With his tummy full, Pup wandered into the living room and came upon three chairs in three different sizes. He tried to jump up on Father’s chair. Too tall! He sank into Mother’s chair. Too frilly. Then, he gazed at the small rocking chair with its sleek, wooden legs…and gnawed it all to bits. Pup gave a big yawn and slowly padded up the stairs to find a comfortable place to nap. First he lay upon Father’s big bed. Too hard! Then he jumped over to Mother’s feather bed. Too soft! Finally, Pup bounded onto Wee Small Child’s bed and after three quick turns and a shuffle of his feet, he settled into the blankets and fell fast asleep.
Why are they doing that? Dogs left alone are naturally curious and easily bored.
What happens to everyone? While Pup lay dreaming, the family returned to find that things weren’t quite the way they had left them. Father walked into the kitchen and bellowed, “Somebody’s been tasting my eggs!” Mother looked at her bowl and shrieked, “Somebody’s been licking my oatmeal!” Wee Small Child awed at the mess on the floor and bawled, “Somebody’s been eating my Fruity-O’s and has eaten them all up!” In the living room Father noticed paw prints where they shouldn’t have been. “Somebody’s been climbing on my chair!” he yelled. Mother gasped at the dog hair on her ruffled chintz and yelled, “Somebody’s been sitting in my chair!” Wee Small Child looked at the slivers of wood on the floor and shouted, “Somebody’s been chewing on my chair and now it’s ruined!” They climbed the stairs to the bedroom and Father immediately shouted, “Somebody’s been walking on my bed!” Mother noticed her muddy linens and screeched, “Somebody’s been lying in my bed!” Wee Small Child pointed in his room and hollered, “That Pup has been sleeping in my bed and he’s still there!” This woke the dog with the golden, curly fur and down he jumped. Without a backwards glance, he rushed down the stairs, clamored through the doggy door and hid in his doghouse. And there he stayed… …for a while.
What's your favorite part of the story? At the end of the story, the dog goes to his doghouse because he knows he has misbehaved. But he is part of the family and will be forgiven...and perhaps next time the family will remember to include him ontheir walk.
What would you build out of LEGO® DUPLO® blocks to bring your story to life? I cozy, colorful house furnished with a kitchen table, three chairs and three beds.