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This an excerpt from the "Oodleville Adventures" series of children's storybooks. The title is, "THE FIRST TRIP."


Written by
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 be continued.

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Comment by Paris E. Tompkins on August 24, 2009 at 12:54pm
It has been nearly a year to the date that I first joined this network and placed the excerpt from my book, The First Trip, and now my dream has come true. This journey has taken 18 years so far, and I hope it will continue for many more. I have learned so much and grown as both a person and as a creative person. I am also developing the Restore Childhood Project to support the idea that children should be allowed to be children and given the chance to discover their own gifts and talents just as I. One never knows where their creativity will lead them.
Comment by Paris E. Tompkins on February 6, 2009 at 1:49pm
Dear Mary,
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I have been quite busy getting my dolls and gathering info to get my website up and running. I appreciate your thoughts, particularly as you are also an author who knows and understands the ins and outs of our craft. I will check out your website and let you know when mine is available. In the meantime, please stay in touch and take care, Paris
Comment by Paris E. Tompkins on August 25, 2008 at 2:24pm
Thanks, Afrika, I'm glad you found the time to read and to make a comment. Paris.

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