written by Debbie Williamson
“Slow-Poke,” said Mother Duck. “You have to put your scarf and hat on. It is pretty cold outside still.”
“Oh!” exclaimed Slow-Poke. “Do I have to?”
“You already know the answer to that one,” said Mother Duck.
Slow-Poke stomped his webbed feet up the stairs and grabbed his scarf and his hat.
“There now,” said Mother. “That’s a good boy.”
Slow-Poke went outside. He was sure it was warm outside. His Mother did say it was cold though.
Slow-Poke heard noises coming from toward the park. He found his friend, Freddy Fox, standing by a tall oak tree.
“Hi Freddy,” said Slow-Poke.
“Slow-Poke,” laughed Freddy. “Why do you have your scarf and hat on?”
“Mother said it was still cold,” said Slow-Poke.
“It’s not that cold,” said Freddy. “Why don’t you take them off?”
“No,” said Slow-Poke. “I’ll leave it on.”
“Okay,” said Freddy. “Suit yourself.”
Freddy and Slow-Poke played outside for a long time. All of a sudden, Freddy became ill.
“Gee,” said Freddy, the next day, all bundled up. “Now I can see why your Mother makes you wear your hat and scarf still.”