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Excerpt: “Nine the Blue Whale”

By Room 8 Second Graders in And Lester Swam On

And Lester Swam On Photo by Cody Van Winkle

Nine the blue whale liked playing in the dark green seaweed. On his way, Lester saw Nine, who was enormous! “He’s so big, he must be 100 feet long, his head must be the size of an elephant,” said Lester. Lester was so scared of how big Nine’s mouth was he shivered. But Nine wasn’t trying to eat Lester, so Lester swam up to him and said, “Do you want to be my friend?”

“Yes,” Nine replied.

“Do you want to play with me? I like to play fish in the middle. It’s just like monkey in the middle, but with a fish.”

Lester and Nine had a really good time playing. Even the fish in the middle had a good time. “That was fun, but now I need to find a home,” said Lester.

“Can I go, too?” Nine asked.

“No,” said Lester. “I’m afraid you might get lost, but after I find my new home, I will come back to play some more.”

“Okay,” said Nine. “I can’t wait until you come back.” Lester swam happily on his way.

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