By Betty G. Birney
A alternative instructor brings a hamster named Humphrey to varsity. advised from the hamster's point of view, Humphrey explains what you could find out about your self by means of taking good care of one other species.
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Later, when Mrs. ” Everyone giggled, of course. Especially Stop-Giggling-Gail. Otherwise known as Gail Morgenstern. “Repeat-That-Please-Richie,” said the teacher. Richie realized he’d made a mistake, so he tried again. “Frankfurter,” he said. More giggles. Explosive giggles. “Try again, Richie,” said Mrs. Brisbane, who was on the verge of smiling herself. “Uh . . ” he said proudly. ) So, you see, it wasn’t exactly a bad day in Room 26. It’s just that I was jittery, wondering what would happen to me when the bell rang.
Oh, yeah. Loneliness. You know, I have friends, Humphrey. But during the day, when I’d like to do something—go bowling or to a movie or something—they’re at work. And when they want to do something, I’m at work. Of course there’s the weekend, but I usually see my family, you know. ” Suddenly Aldo bopped the side of his head with the palm of his hand. “Whoa, Humphrey. I never told you. My nephew . . he’s in your class. Richie Rinaldi. ” He pointed to the far side of the room. “He always has the neatest desk in the class.
They’re bouncing on their beds, Humphrey. Not supposed to do that, either,” he said. He slowly rose and went to the stairway in the hall. “Willy! Brenda! ” he yelled. Surprisingly, the thumping and bumping stopped. ” I squeaked when the principal sat down again. But the thumping and bumping began again in a minute. “I wish I knew what to do,” he said. ” I nodded. A lesson is just what those children needed. And I was just the hamster to teach them. TIP FOUR: Never, ever squeeze, pinch or crush a hamster.
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney