'Boomer Goes to School' Editor's note: Boomer, the golden retriever, accompanies his young owner to school for show and tell.

Story Time

October 04, 1998|By Constance W. McGeorge

Boomer was just settling down after his morning walk, when suddenly, someone called his name. Then, Boomer saw his leash.

Boomer was very excited - he thought he was going for another walk.

But instead, Boomer and his owner raced outside, down the driveway, and onto a big yellow bus. Boomer was going for a ride!

The bus stopped again and again. Boomer had never been on ride with so many children. The ride was very noisy.

After a while, the bus stopped in front of a big building. The children climbed out. Boomer climbed out, too. He was quickly led inside, up some stairs, around a corner, and down a hallway.

Finally, Boomer's owner stopped at an open door.

Boomer looked in. It was a room filled with desks, tables, chairs, and children.

As Boomer was led to the back of the room, a loud bell rang. A grownup started talking. Everyone sat down and listened.

When the grownup finished talking, the children jumped up from their seats. Boomer was let off his leash. He didn't know what to do first!

There were toys to share ...

... pictures to paint ...

... games to play ...

and best of all ... there was lunch!

After lunch, Boomer watched as the children gathered together and sat in a circle. Boomer was ready for the next game. But this time, all the children sat quietly.

Boomer started to get up, but he was told to sit down.

Boomer wiggled and squirmed. He was told to sit still.

Boomer barked and barked. He was told to be quiet.

Boomer was very confused.

Then, Boomer was led to the center of the circle. He still wiggled and squirmed. Boomer's owner started talking - sharing stories about Boomer and showing him to the class.

Finally, Boomer understood. He sat still and stayed very quiet. Boomer's owner smiled and gave Boomer a big pat on the head!

Suddenly, a loud bell rang and it was time to take another bus ride. At each bus stop, Boomer's new friends patted him good-bye.

Then, the bus stopped at Boomer's house. Boomer wagged his tail and bounded off the bus for home.

Excerpted from BOOMER GOES TO SCHOOL, written by Constance W. McGeorge and illustrated by Mary Whyte 1996. Published by Chronicle Books.

Pub Date: 10/04/98

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