Maggie Grinnell | Maggie's Collection of Whimsical Stories
Extrait from "Isabella and Penelope":
A small, pink caterpillar eats its way out of a green Hefty garbage bag and crawls across the driveway to the grass. The caterpillar, Penelope, is unique, not because of her cotton candy color, but because she has feelings, like a human. Penelope crawls to the dewy green grass and slides over a blade.
"Why am I so cold?" she wonders, and then realizes it's the fresh dew that is cooling her belly.
Penelope continues on. Next she encounters a bridge. "What can this be? Am I to go under it or over it?" she asks. The bridge is a small branch that has fallen off a tree. She decides to go over the bridge. As she climbs up, she feels the rough bark scratching her underside. "Ouch!" she exclaims, but then starts to enjoy the rubbing on her belly. Soon she is smiling.
Next Penelope encounters a pretty pink rose that has fallen on the grass. As she crawls up to the rose, she realizes they are the same color. She thinks, "I must be as pretty as a flower. I'm sure I must smell as nice, too."
Penelope continues on her adventure. She soon realizes there is something in her way and she stops crawling. A large blue blanket with pictures of puffy clouds on it is spread out on the grass, blocking the caterpillar's path. Penelope looks up and sees something large. At first the little caterpillar is frightened but then she realizes it is a human – a young girl – who is sitting on the blanket having a picnic with someone else who is not there.
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