Yesterday my son, Ben, asked if I would write down some stories in his little book as he told them to me. Here are the three that he came up with—in their raw, unedited form. I think you’ll notice his literary influences right away.
Curious George Went to the Museum
George saw a fire lever. He pulled it right down.
The firemen thought there was a fire, but when they came down, they didn’t see any fire. But they knew that George had pulled the lever, so they put him in prison. He never came out, his owner never found him, and soon the watchman came to let him out.
Mary Poppins’s Ideas
When Mary Poppins came, she was kind of sad because she missed her family
Mary Poppins goes in the picture. Mary Poppins, with Jane and Michael, has very fun in the picture. They went to a little merry-go-round, and then they went to a restaurant, and then—what happened?—they were in the horse race. Then what happened but they were in the Mexican restaurant.
They came out of the picture.
Go fly a kite
Out in the atmosphere.
Let’s go fly a kite.
When you send it up there,
Your heart’s so gared (it’s a French word that means fun).
Pooh was walking over a bumpy sidewalk, and then he felt something hard. It was Piglet!
And then they went to a Mexican restaurant. They loved it very much. Then they went to Pooh’s house.
Then Pooh said, “Piglet, sit in my rocking chair.”
Piglet said, “No thank you. I have to go home and cook dinner. It’s already past my bedtime.”
“Owww!” Piglet was going higher and higher. He was flying like a kite.