"Oh, boy!" Tommy said to his brother, Carl. "We're going on a train!"
Tommy Belk was now six years old. He really liked trains. He had never been on one! For his birthday, his family planned a surprise.
"We're going to drive up to the mountains on Saturday," Tommy's dad said. "Then we will take a train to the top!"
"Hooray!" Tommy squealed. "Thank you!"
Tommy woke up early Saturday. It wasn't even light yet. "Come on," he said as he shook his brother awake. Carl rolled over and covered his head with a blanket. "Go away!" he said.
Tommy gave up and went to the kitchen.
"You are up early!" Mom said. She was flipping pancakes. Pancakes were Tommy's favorite breakfast food.
"I can't wait to get on the train!" he said.
Mom smiled. Before long, the rest of the family came down. They ate breakfast and piled into their mini-van.
It was a two hour drive. Tommy could hardly stand it. He kept asking, "Are we there yet?" But Dad asked him to stop.
Finally, they arrived at the train station. They went to buy their tickets. Mom's eyes opened wide. She whispered to dad,Paragraphs 12 to 31:
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