Stacey Schmude

I am so unbelievably sorry about not having an article last month!
But Stacey�s well of ideas had gone dry� (Please pardon the third person)
but she�s back with a vengance, and a whole new series!  I love to
write, and write anything.  So we�ve come up with the idea of writing
children�s stories (good for library programs, birthday parties, all sorts
of things) with balloons.  Each month, I will pop in (pardon the pun)
with a new story.  And each story will have a moral.  So I�ll
start right away.  This month�s story is called Billy and the Clouds.

You Will Need:

One Blue Weiner dog.

One Red Mouse.

One Purple Snake

One Green Giraffe.

The animals and colors (except for the blue weiner dog) can all be
changed, but it�ll make them easier since these are the animals I�ll be
using in the story. WARNING: If you change the animal and animal color,
you will have to change that part of the story! If anyone doesn�t know
the weiner dog-giraffe trick, to make a weiner dog a giraffe, you turn
the head backwards, and you turn the hind legs backwards, and you have
a giraffe. That trick is the main theme of this story.

Billy and the Clouds

Once there was a blue dog named Billy.  Now Billy was a weiner
dog.  That meant that he was very long.  He loved to play marbles,
and he loved going into restaurants, and boy oh boy, he loved to chase
people on bicycles through the park!  But the one thing Billy always
wanted to do, though, was to be like the giraffes and chase the clouds
in the sky.  So he started asking his friends how he could be like
the giraffes.

First he asked Sandy, the red mouse.  He said: �Sandy, how
can I be like the giraffes and chase the clouds in the sky?�

Sandy replied: �I�m not sure, Billy.  I�m just a mouse.
I crawl through the holes.  Maybe you should go ask Joseph, the purple

That�s just what Billy did.  He ran to the field and he
talked to Joseph, the purple snake.  He said: �Joseph, how can I be
like the giraffes and chase the clouds in the sky?�

Joseph replied: �I don�t know Billy.  Maybe you should go
ask Amanda, the green giraffe?  She should know.�

So, with a sigh, Billy ran back into town and he talked to Amanda,
the green giraffe.  He said: �Amanda, how can I be like you, and chase
the clouds in the sky?�

And Amanda said: �Why Billy, that�s easy!  All you do is��

So Amanda leaned over and whispered to Billy, who said: �Oh!
I see!�

With a twist, and a turn, Billy the blue dog became Billy the
blue giraffe!  He was so happy!  He chased the clouds all day.
Later, Sandy ran up to him.  She said: �Billy!  Why don�t you
play a game of marbles with me?�  Billy tried, but his neck was so
long, he couldn�t see the marbles!  So he said sorry to Sandy, and
Sandy walked away.

Later, Joseph slithered up to him and said �Billy!  Why
don�t you come to the restaurant with me?�  And Billy tried, but his
neck was so long, he couldn�t fit in the door!  So he said sorry to
Joseph, and Joseph slithered away.  At this time, Billy was pretty
upset.  He couldn�t play marbles, and he couldn�t go to restaurants.
There was still one thing he liked to do, and he was sure he could do it!

And so, Billy tried to chase a person on a bicycle through the
park.  But he had to keep ducking his head under the trees.
This was no fun, no fun at all, he decided.  So with a twist, and
a turn, Billy the blue giraffe became Billy the blue dog again.  And
he happily chased that person on the bicycle through the park.

So, kids, I hope you learned a lesson, just like Billy did.
You should be happy for who you are!

The End.

At the end of the story, you can give out the balloon animals.