Double the Fun
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Double the Fun
By Beth Beutler
1 Jimmy decided to build a town with his set of connecting blocks. He spent several minutes considering how his town would be laid out. Then he settled down to build it. Now that his family had moved into a new house, they had a bonus room. This allowed him a large space to set everything up. After thinking about it for several minutes, he concluded that he would build "Animal Town" and pretend he was the mayor. "Animal Town" would be a place where calm, sensitive, and considerate beasts and birds would live and enjoy themselves.
2 He decided that the town would be by the seashore, and laid out a row of houses and barns for the animals. There was a small beach for visitors, which he carefully designed in a plastic, rectangle box of sand. The parallel street contained a row of shops. He made sure to put a fire hydrant (for the dogs!) and a concession stand that would sell fried chicken.
3 "Oh, wait a minute," he thought. "I can't serve animals as food in animal land! They will sell fried cheese sticks instead."
4 Jimmy then chose to build a mountain for the grizzly bear and bald eagle. He took his blocks and carefully stacked them about two feet high. He crumbled up some brown paper and put it at the top. This would be the eagle's nest. He placed a plastic bear on one block, to show him climbing the mountain.
5 "Grrrr," Jimmy growled, when his sister came into the room.
6 Ignoring the roar, his sister asked, "What are you doing?"
7 "None of your business!" Jimmy responded.
8 "Okay, okay! You don't have to get so angry!" she called back as she ran out of the room.
9 Jimmy began to feel bad. His sister hadn't really done anything to cause his ugly response. He just didn't want to be disturbed. For the next few minutes, Jimmy just didn't enjoy playing as much. Finally, he got up and stretched. He scratched his head. He knew what he should do to eliminate the tension. With new resolve, he bounded down the stairs to his sister's room.
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