Jul 29, 2009

Sage Pretends

My 2nd book is finished and has been delivered. I have several other stories in mind, but I think this will be it for awhile as I have so many other projects to work on- like painting the bathrooms. : ) I'm posting the entire thing here because I won't be able to print everyone copies this time. I hope you enjoy it and thank you everyone who helped me with all the drafts!

SHOOM! Sage pushed the blue rocket through the air toward the grapefruit moon she held in her hand. KSSSSHHH! The little rocket landed gently on the smooth surface. Sage and her brother, Isaia, had added star stickers to the rocket, and just now, Sage had added a tiny flower sticker on its nose for a special touch. She thought she would take the toy spaceman out of the hatch so he could explore the moon, when she heard her mother call, “Sage, it’s time to go!” Sage got dressed and went to her mother.

Just as she was having fun, it was time to stop!

FLIP, FLIP, FLOP! At the shoe store, Sage cheered up when she tried on a pair of glittery, purple sandals. She liked the way they sparkled in the mirror when she moved her feet. TIP, TIP, TAP! Sage clicked across the hard floor in a pair of shiny, black dress shoes. As her mother took the sandals and dress shoes to the cashier, Sage spotted a pair of tall, blue heels. She thought she would like to play dress-up! Just as she slipped her feet into the pointy shoes, she heard her mother say, “Sage, it’s time to go.” Sage put on her own shoes and followed her mother.

Just as she was having fun, it was time to stop!

THWOP, THUMP, BOOM! On the way home, Sage and her mother stopped to hear her daddy’s band practice their music. Drummer John helped Sage hit a small drum with a wooden stick. He also showed her a large gold cymbal shaped like a dish. TSSHHH! The cymbal rang after Sage tapped it with the stick. She thought she would beat the biggest drum next. It looked as big as a kitchen table! “Sage, it’s time to go,” said her daddy. Sage gave Drummer John his stick and climbed into the car.

Just as she was having fun, it was time to stop!

PLOP, PLOP, POOF! Sage played in her bath after dinner. She squeezed her washcloth and watched the water drip onto the bubbles in the tub. She gathered bubbles onto her chin and made a fish face at her toy turtle.
PIP, PIP, PLIP! Sage thought she might dip her face into the water and swim like a mermaid, when her daddy said, “Sage, it’s time for bed.” Sage climbed out of the tub and wrapped herself in a towel.

Just as she was having fun, it was time to stop!

Sage was grumpy after a day of having her fun interrupted. She did not want to go to sleep. She wanted to play. Her mother tucked her into bed. “Sage, I’m sorry you had to stop playing so many times today, but don’t worry. You can play again in the morning.” She kissed Sage’s head and told her, “Good night.”

Morning felt very far away to Sage and she could not go to sleep. She thought about the rocket with the flower sticker on its nose. If she could play with the rocket right now, she would take out the spaceman and get into the rocket herself!

CLICK! She would fasten the seatbelt. She would fly up to the stars and wave to Isaia in the rocket flying nearby. His rocket would be painted green with white stripes. They would race to the moon together!

Next, Sage thought about the tall, blue heels. If she could wear those shoes right now, she would wobble over to the scarves at the store and choose the brightest orange scarf to swoop around her neck. She would try on a floppy, purple hat and green sunglasses too. She would ask her daddy to take a picture of her all dressed up, and she would hang the picture on the refrigerator.

Then Sage thought about Drummer John’s drums and cymbals. She would hit the tiny drums with her finger tips. TIP, TIP! She would hit the biggest drums with her feet. DONK, DONK! She would use the wooden stick to hit cymbals and all sorts of other instruments hanging high and low all around her. CLING, TING, TWICK, TWANG! BING, BONG, CLICK, CLANG!

Finally, Sage remembered she had wanted to be like a mermaid in the bathtub. She would hold her breath and dip her head of curly hair under the water. She would swim past a group of colorful fish. BLUB, BLUB, GLUB! She would talk to a friendly seahorse. SWISH, SWISH, SWOOSH! She would use her pink mermaid tail to dance with a smiling dolphin beneath the waves of the sea!

“Sage, it’s time to wake up.” Sage opened her eyes in surprise. She remembered flying in the rocket, trying on fancy clothes, playing drums, and dancing with a dolphin...but she did not remember going to sleep!

Later that day, Sage and her family went to the zoo. Sage roared with the lions and hopped with the kangaroos. She hissed with the snakes, waved her arms with the monkeys, and squawked with the birds. When Sage reached the elephants, she thought she would stretch her arm as far as she could and touch the very tip of the baby elephant’s trunk. “Sage, it’s time to go!,” called her family.

Sage smiled. She was not upset she had to stop playing. She knew just what to do. She would pretend!



melody said...

your pictures are amazing as always! i would get to each new picture and be like, "whoah!" all over again. i like the refrigerator picture.
and i like how the story turned out.
i'm excited to see your next one- i want you to start it as soon as possible! haha


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