By Ann Bixby Herold
Peter does good in third-grade math. yet, by some means, in writing and spelling, by the point the letters get from his mind to his paper, they get rotated. His Dad thinks he is lazy. Peter simply desires to get ill and remain domestic from institution. It takes the perseverance of a spider named Seymour to aid Peter paintings to beat his studying difficulties.
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Peter forgot he was lonely and bored. " Page 45 The spider ignored him. It went on its busy way. It circled and pulled and hooked. The web reminded Peter of a lacy scarf his grandmother had made. Peter tapped on the glass. The spider jumped. Then it froze. "Hi," Peter croaked. "If you're going to live on my windowsill, I'd better give you a name. Something important sounding. "How about ... how about Seymour? Is that okay? How about Seymour E. " He laughed. "Hi, Seymour. " "Peter? " His mother was standing in the doorway.
Not at your age. " Page 17 "I feel funny all over. Shivery. " "You don't look sick," she said briskly. " It was normal. " she said. " "Let me stay home, Mom," he pleaded. "Please? I don't want to be tested by that doctor. " "So that is what's wrong," she said. "You overheard us last night. You worried for nothing, honey. Miss Weber's class is for severely handicapped children. " "But what if the tests show I am ... " His mother sat on the side of the bed. "Honey, you're not retarded. You're great at math.
Peter wished she had a louder voice. "They want our permission ... " What did evaluate mean? He soon found out. His father's voice was loud and clear. "Great! Some stranger tests my kid. " The refrigerator door thumped shut. " "Sssssh, Frank. You'll wake the kids. Why do you always say he's lazy? Maybe he has a learning disability. It's not so terrible. Anyway, there is no point in arguing. I already told them it's okay. Doctor Kelly is coming to the school on Monday morning. " A doctor! Peter thought wildly.
The Hard Life of Seymour E. Newton by Ann Bixby Herold