This an excerpt from the "Oodleville Adventures" series of children's storybooks. The title is, "THE FIRST TRIP."
THE FIRST TRIP
Paris E. Tompkins
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Copyright 2004 by Paris Tompkins
It was a very happy day in the friendly land of Oodleville. It was Mama Oodle-Bird’s 100th birthday. It was also the day when one of the Oodles would make the first trip out of Oodleville to the Land Beyond. It would be a chance for the Oodles to make new friends.
Who would be the first Oodle to go? Inky, the Mayor of Oodleville, called a meeting in the Town Hall to give each Oodle a chance to say which one should be first.
Pete, the owner of the Oodle-Noodle Shoppe, said Inky should go first.
“After all,” said Pete, “Inky is the leader of the Oodles and she makes new friends easily.“
To that, Inky said, “I must stay here and keep Oodleville running smoothly.”
Peaches, the Oodle-Choir Director, thought Sam, the Oodle inventor, should be first.
“He can bring back new ideas of things to make for us,“ she said, but Sam also said “no.”
“What if something breaks down while I am away?” he asked. “Who will fix things around here?”
BayBay, one of the youngest Oodles, wanted LeeRoy, the Oodle-Miller, to go.
“He can get recipes for new kinds of cookies, cakes, and other treats,” said BayBay, but LeeRoy said “no” also.
“Who will bake bread for you while I’m gone?” he asked. All the Oodles agreed that LeeRoy was not a very good choice to go. Everyone loved to have fresh bread and rolls each day.
BoBo, another one of the youngest Oodles, thought Honey, the Oodle-Schoolteacher, should go.
Honey laughed. “Surely not I. I would be far too afraid to fly away on the back of Mama Oodle-Bird alone,” she said with a shudder. “I believe BoBo wants me to go just to get out of going to school and doing his homework.” Everyone laughed as BoBo blushed and looked at his feet.
Suddenly, Inky had an idea.
“I know who would be perfect for the first trip,” she said with excitement. Inky turned and looked at Bubba, the Oodle-Reporter for the Oodleville News...to be continued.