heard Muc the Worm practising his trumpet yesterday afternoon.
He is practising for the talent show. Of course Muc isn't
the only entertainment. We need lots of music and entertainment
for such a big event. I am going to write a letter to The
Boxcar Snail Orchestra, a popular bluegrass band. I know they
will want to play at the Jamboree!
the Snail Jamboree is lots of fun, many people don't realize
how much work it is to host such a large event. We're going
to have over 4000 snails attending, and since most of them
are from out of town, we have to plan very carefully. Where
will the snails sleep? What will they eat? Is there enough
drinking water for so many snails? I've decided to join the
planning committee. The Jamboree is only a few months away,
so there is lots of work to be done, but I think we can have
lots of fun too!
a new year, and everyone is excited. This spring Tiny Village
is going to host the Snail Jamboree. Snails will come
from all over the countryside, to celebrate, and share ideas.
It's also a lot of fun, because we play sports, and games,
and participate in talent shows. Maybe Muc will play his trumpet.
Essi is on the planning committee. I'm going to ask her what
I can do to help.
goes to Essi for filling in for me while I was sick. Thanks
to Philip for the delicious alphabet soup. Thanks to Sam for
the nice "get well" card. And thanks to Muc for
bringing over some comic books for me to read. Super Snail
was my favourite. It made me think about drawing my own comic
book. Maybe a comic book about my friends in Tiny Village,
or maybe I could draw a comic about Carol Bird. Carol runs
a taxi service in the mountains (you may have read about her
already). I'll bet she has lots of adventures in the sky.
Essi Snail here. Funtimes asked me to write this blog, because
he has a cold. He's staying home in bed. Philip firefly made
some alphabet soup, to help him feel better. Funtimes spelled
out, "THANK YOU," with the pasta letters. It seems
like he's feeling better already.
Shell Wash was a great success. Even though it was free, many
came with extra donations for the school, including birch-bark
paper, and sculpting clay. We use sculptures not only for
art, but also to explain what something looks like. That's
how I know that dinosaurs have big tails and tall necks. I
enjoyed listening to Maggie Moth's happy karaoke song. She
has a pretty voice.
the Worm is full of good ideas. Since most residents of Tiny
Village have shells, we could have a free Shell Wash. I think
it's a great idea. The rain doesn't always take off the tough
stains. If we use soap, everybody's shell will be shiny and
clean. This event will be held on Saturday, so if you want
your shell wash, come down to the school area between 10:00
and 2:00. We will also set up a karaoke booth, so there will
be lots of music and fun, even if you don't have a shell.
the summer is ending, and the snails are returning to school.
Muc and I have really improved our mathematics by studying
a little bit each day. I think everybody is ready for school,
but there is one problem; The school doesn't have enough pencils
and books for everybody. This is because there are a few more
students than last year. The School Principal has asked the
community for donations, and many folks are happy to give.
The teachers and the students are very grateful, and we want
to give something back. What could we offer Tiny Village?
boy, what a fun summer we had. The festival was three days
long this year, and each day was sunny, except one afternoon
when it started to rain. But Essi was prepared this year.
She made a large tent, and everyone could stay dry. There
was art on the wall to look at. There are many talented artists
in Tiny Village. My favourite was a crayon picture called
“Large Large Mountain at Dawn.” I’m usually
asleep at that time, so I don’t see the real Large Large
Mountain at dawn.
There was another picture called “Busy Snail.”
Muc said it looked a lot like me, but I disagreed. The snail
in the picture had a larger shell.
isn't here yet, but I decided to do a little spring cleaning
today anyway. I had so much free time recently, that I didn't
mind doing a bit of work. I cleaned up my area, and then I
picked up some litter in the community. Some of my neighbours
started to pitch in too, but I never asked them to. They must
adventure happened in February. There was an ice storm, and
the ground became one big sheet of ice. Muc had trouble digging
out of his house, which is under the ground. Essi, and I tried
to dig a hole to try to help Muc, but it was too difficult.
Luckily, Sam had the answer. He borrowed some salt from Firefly's
Organic Take-out, and he sprinkled it on the ground near Muc's
entrance. Salt caused the ice to melt, and then Muc could
crawl out. We all went to Sam's for tea. We had a winter celebration.
You don't need much for a winter celebration, just a few friends,
but it adds to the fun if you have music and games. We played
I spy with my little eye, and some other easy games which
everyone knows. Muc played a little trumpet music near the
end of the party. Essi clapped, and I stomped my feet. Sam
hummed the melody, but I couldn't hear him very well, since
the trumpet is quite loud.
a winter! It's been terribly cold in Tiny Village, and so
Maggie Moth went on a long vacation. I was happy for her,
but I was a bit disappointed that she couldn't help me write
a blog. In the future, I hope to learn to do it by myself.
Well I have lots to tell you all. Even in the coldest months,
Essi, Muc, and I had a few adventures. One adventure happened
just after Christmas. We went cross-country skiing around
the back of Large Large Mountain, and to the Dark Dark Caves.
It seemed safe, but we became very cold, and we crawled
into a cave to get warm. Unfortunately we made such a loud
noise with our singing (we love to sing, when we are exercising),
that we woke up Ms. Big Bear, who was sleeping in that cave
with her family. Bears often sleep all winter long. It's
called hibernating. Anyway, she was angry because we woke
her up, and even Essi was scared.
Luckily, Ms. Big Bear calmed down, once we apologized. She
even taught us a few words in Bear (the language of bears
is called Bear). Most people call it growling, but actually
the bears have a few different and interesting words. Muc
asked her to mail us a CD and a book, so we could study
at home by listening, and reading.
night's dinner was delicious. Afterwards, we all went for
a long walk, down Meandering Path. Nothing exciting happened,
but I felt happy being with my friends. We stopped an hour
out of Tiny Village, and Muc made a small campfire, where
we rested and listened to the crickets sing.
is almost here, and the leaves are changing colours. Muc and
I went to the radio station, and recorded a new Coconut Biscuits
jingle. Some of the parents thought we should be advertising
a healthier snack, such as carrots or celery. I do prefer
carrots and celery to Coconut Biscuits. These vegetables are
very crunchy, and fun to eat. The truth is I haven't eaten
a Coconut Biscuit since our travels up Large Large Mountain.
I still like the song, but I wonder if the Tiny Village parents
have a good point. I'll think about that. Speaking of health
foods, Essi Snail is ordering from Firefly's Organic Takeout
tonight. Essi invited Betty, Muc, and me to join her for dinner.
nothing left to clean up today, but Sam invited me to his
green apple house for some apple tea and told me more stories.
Essi was walking by the house, and I called to her to come
inside. Sam suggested that I do that. He's very hospitable.
Essi told us how tidy Tiny Village seemed, and this made me
feel proud, because I knew I had helped. Sam poured her a
cup of tea. Later, he told us a story about how he found the
top hat that he often wears. It was a great story, but too
long to tell in one blog.
Moth asked me to volunteer for the Tiny Village Clean Up Crew.
I thought that picking up garbage would not be fun. Maggie
is a volunteer herself, and she told me it could be fun, if
you work in pairs. That way you have someone to talk to, and
you might even meet somebody who can tell you good stories.
Maggie reminded me that Tiny Village is a tidy place because
of the volunteers, and cleaning up doesn't take very long,
because everybody recycles their waste, instead of dropping
it on the ground. However, sometimes things get messy after
a big birthday party.
I worked with Sam, a worm you may know if you read about my
adventures up Large Large Mountain. Sam is new in town, and
he has many good stories to tell. We picked up popped balloon
pieces, and birthday candles, which had fallen to the ground.
As we worked, Sam told me a story of a dangerous trip he took
across Large Lake. He travelled on the back of a hungry snapping
turtle who likes to snap at small creatures for no good reason
at all. Sam knew that this snapping turtle couldn't resist
singing harmonies to Heavy Metal songs. As long as Sam kept
singing, the turtle would sing along. Since the turtle couldn't
sing and snap at the same time, Sam was safe. Imagine singing
Heavy Metal all the way across Large Lake. Oh, boy...Sam has
some good stories!
sure is a hot day. After lunch, Essi, Muc, and I were sipping
lemonade at the picnic place, trying to think of a way to
stay cool. The next think I knew, Muc had filled an acorn
shell with water. He dumped the water over my head, and over
Essi’s head too. Oh boy! That sure cooled us off! We
tried to dump water on Muc’s head, but he disappeared
into the ground. Since we were already wet, we decided to
go down to Rolling River for a swim.
practised guitar for an hour before math class today. Some
of the Tiny Village caterpillars sat around to listen. I played
"Birthday's Are Fun" for Teddy, because he told
me it was his birthday. I still had that song in my head when
I sat in Math class, but I was careful not to sing aloud.
Teachers get angry if you sing during their lesson. My teacher
is Ms. Butterfly. I like Ms. Butterly. Whenever someone needs
help with a math problem, she can fly over very quickly and
assist you. She is very patient.
says he wasn't trying to scare us. He was practising a song
for the next Tiny Village Summer Festival. He went into
the woods because some of his neighbours were complaining
about the noise. He realized he didn’t go far enough
into the woods though, because everyone could still hear
Muc is a great drummer, and I believe one day with a lot
of practice he'll be a great trumpet player as well.
We went out for an apple juice, and later he asked if I
would accompany him on guitar for a new version of the Coconut
Biscuits Jingle he's been working on for Radio T.I.N.Y.
is here! The sun is shining, and everyone is smiling.
I am happy to report that I solved a mystery last night. I
discovered what that strange sound was.
Last night, Essi and I brought a picnic dinner into the woods
before the sun went down. We sat on a large rock, and listened
very carefully as we ate our rose petal sandwiches. As the
sun went down, we heard crickets, and the sound of the wind
blowing through the trees. It was getting dark, and there
were many shadows in the forest. Then the noise began! We
turned around and saw a dark figure between the trees. It
looked like some kind of creature, with a thin body, and a
large beak. The sound was very loud. Essi described it as
"very unpleasant." She plugged her ears. Just then,
Philip came, flying through the woods to meet us. His firefly
light shone on the shadowy figure, and revealed that the noisy
figure was our friend Muc The Worm blowing into a trumpet.
heard that sound again! The high-pitched sound.
Essi and I had been playing badminton until the sun went down.
The noise came from the woods, and Essi heard it too. We couldn't
decide if it was a happy sound or a sad sound. Essi wanted
to investigate, but I warned her about the mud. She shrugged,
and said we would have to be more careful. Philip closed the
restaurant early, and joined us, as we entered the forest.
Just then, it started to rain, and Philip insisted we turn
around. I went back home and soon the sound stopped.
What was that sound? Maybe I'll never find out.
I had to clean my house. The other night, after my adventure
with Philip Firefly, I brought lots of mud into the house.
I swept the floor, and then I scrubbed it with a mop. I use
water and vinegar, and a bit of soap, to get the floor clean
and shiny. Some snails I know live outdoors. They tell me
that they prefer to sleep in the fresh air under the beautiful
stars. The other advantage is that they never have to mop
the floor, or make their beds.
was a little bit upset today, because I got a bad grade on
my math test.
I won't tell you what the grade was, but it starts with the
letter D. My teacher said he was disappointed. He said I should
try harder next time.
What the teacher didn't realize is that I was very tired today
because I didn't sleep well last night. Here's what happened:
At midnight, I heard a loud high-pitched noise, and I thought
someone might be in trouble.
I rushed over to Firefly's Organic Takeout, and I asked Philip
Firefly to join me so I could see who was making the noise.
Together we followed a muddy path into the woods. I slipped
and got mud all over my shell, and Philip flew down to help
me, but he got mud all over himself too. His light was completely
covered, and everything became dark. By this time the noise
had stopped. I still don't know what it was. We decided we'd
better go home, but without Philip's light, it was difficult
to see. It took us an hour to find our way out of the woods.
When I got home, I needed a bath.
is very good at math, and sometimes she helps me with my homework.
Essi makes math seem exciting. She says learning math is like
learning a second language. It takes a while to understand
all the rules, but she says if I work hard, and I don't give
up, one day I'll be able to understand the language of mathematics.
Muc is studying math as well. He wants to be the first worm
to crawl on the moon—that's what he told us—and
Essi says that flying to the moon would definitely require
mathematics. Muc went underground for a pencil and a calculator,
and he showed up in my math class. He sits in the front row.
kept the book last night, but Essi told me she wanted to keep
our scrapbook at her house because she enjoyed looking at
all the nice flowers, the stories, and other memorabilia found
inside. Muc thought that the scrapbook should stay at his
house. I suggested we play "Rock, Paper, Scissors"
and give the book to the winner. "Rock, Paper, Scissors"
is when everyone makes a fist, and counts to three, then chooses
either a rock, paper, or scissors. Scissors cuts paper. Rock
crushes scissors, and paper covers rock. The first time, we
all picked scissors, because making scissors with your fingers
is fun. That was a tie game. We counted to three again. I
chose paper, Essi chose rock, and Muc chose scissors. I thought
we all won that game, but Essi said that we all lost. Then
Muc had a great idea. He said that we should give the book
to Essi's grandmother, Betty. That way we can look at it whenever
we go for a visit. Well, we brought the book to Betty, and
this made her happy.
is fun. Essi and I finished gluing things into the book.
Muc couldn't make it because he was busy helping Sam Perfect
look for a new house. We ran into Muc and Sam later, and
we all looked through the scrapbook. Inside we have pictures,
and souvenirs that we brought back from our trip. Mostly
plants and flowers because they were light and easy to carry.
We didn't bring back any rocks. Rocks are very heavy.
Boy! What a great way to tell my friends what I'm doing. Everyday
I will write a short note on pinecone paper, and deliver it
to Maggie Moth.
Maggie Moth likes to stay up really late, and she always hangs
out near these big bright lights, where she can communicate
with people from all over the world. It seems magical to me,
but Maggie doesn't make a big deal out of it.
I spoke with Maggie Moth, I was hoping something exciting
would happen for my first blog. Unfortunately nothing exciting
did happen—sometimes Tiny Village is like that. That's
okay, because I made my own fun. I invited Essi Snail, and
Muc the Worm over to my house, and we made a scrapbook about
our trip up Large Large Mountain. Essi says her arms are
still a bit sore from that trip.
I didn't have very much food to offer them, so I ordered
some spicy vegetables from Firefly's Organic Takeout. We're
all eating very well these days.