So Huck is brilliant
February 24, 2009
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This week in school, Huck is learning about the author Laura Numeroff. She writes the “If You Give” books. Pretty much anyone with children under 12 has read “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie.”
After school he was telling me about one of his assignments. It was to come up with his own start for an “If You Give” story. His idea was: “If you give a whale seaweed, he’s going to want to give a seaweed massage to an electric eel.” He was very proud of this idea and particularly pleased that Miss J thought it was funny.
I was shocked by his chattiness. On school days, my super sweet mama’s boy is not usually his super sweet self until close to bedtime. On the weekends, super sweet boy doesn’t show up until noon on Saturday. So I decided to take advantage of the moment and oh so casually (I used my – I don’t really care, please don’t let the salivating fool you – voice so that he wouldn’t get suspicious and lapse back into shrugging and grunting at me) asked if he would finish the story for me.
He happily obliged and I came home and wrote it right down.
If You Give a Whale Seaweed – By Jackson Collins
If you give a whale seaweed, he’s going to want to give an electric eel a seaweed massage. The shock from the electric eel will remind him of lightening bolts, so he’ll want you to take him outside in the rain. The splattering of the rain will remind him of The Goop Zone, so he will want to go play paintball. The paintball guns will remind him of a western movie, so he’ll want to go see a western. The loud noise from the movie will remind him of a thunderstorm, so he will want you to take him outside in the rain. The lightening bolts will remind him of an electric eel, so he’ll want to give an electric eel a seaweed massage. So he is going to need some seaweed.