Brother and Sister Help a Lost Kitten find his Mama and Papa

Last night, I Skyped with my niece and nephew who are five and seven-years old. As always, our Skype session turned into a show and tell, which was fine, until they started to show me all the cool things they could play on their tablets. I wanted them to unplug and interact with me, so I decided to make up a story and have them act it out as we went along. This story is what I came up with based on the stuffed animals that they had on hand.

Once there was a brother and a sister who wanted a pet more than anything in the world.

“Mama,” asked brother one day, “Can we get a pet dog?”

“Oh, I don’t like dogs,” said mama, “Dogs are very messy.”

[Image: little boy looking up at his mama. The little girl is standing next to him, and papa is in the background drinking coffee. Mama has a think bubble with an image of a dog tracking in dirt from outside]

“Oh,” said the little boy, sadly.

[Image: little boy with his head down, looking very sad]

“Well,” said sister, “Then can we get a cat?”

“Cat’s like to scratch things,” said papa, “they will ruin the furniture.”

“Oh,” said at the little girl, as she sadly turned away.

[Image: Little girl is looking up at her mama with the boy standing next to her. Papa is looking at the kids with his coffee in one hand. and a think bubble with a illustration of a cat scratching the couch]

“Sister, I am sad that dogs are too messy?” said brother.

“I am sad that cats are too scratchy,” said sister.

“Let’s go for a walk,” said brother.

“Yes,” said sister, “Walks always make us feel better.

So, they went for a walk.

[Image: the little boy and the little girl are standing on the sidewalk outside their house. There is a small kitten sitting under a tree. He is crying.]

As they were walking, they spotted a kitten crying under the tree.

“Hello little kitten,” said brother.

“Why are you crying?” asked sister.

“I am lost,” cried the kitten. “I don’t know where my mama and papa are.”

[Image: the little boy, the little girl, and talking to the Kitten]

Then the little kitten started sobbing harder.

[Image: Closeup of the kittens face with huge teardrops in his eyes}

“Don’t cry,” said sister, as she patted him on the back.”

“Yes,” said brother, “We can help you find your mama and papa.”

“You can?” asked the cat, “as a huge tear dropped for his eye.”

“Of course we can!” exclaimed brother.

[Image: the little boy, the little girl, and talking to the Kitten]

“How?” asked the kitten

“By asking questions.” said sister.

“Yes,” Said brother. “By asking questions we can figure out where your parents are.”

[Image: The little boy and the little girl with a think cloud about there head with a question mark or a light bulb in it]

“I’ll ask the first question,” said sister. What do your mama and papa look like?”

“Well,” said the kitten, as he wiped away a tear, “My mama is a pink cat with very soft fur, and my papa is a dashing dog covered in purple and pink polk-a-dots.”

[Image: the kitten with a think cloud. Inside the think cloud are his mom and dad].

“I’ll ask the second question,” said brother, “Where did you last see them?”

“At the market,” said the kitten.

“Then we must look for a pink cat with soft fur, and a dashing dog with purple and pink polk-a-dots at the market!” exclaimed sister.

[Image: foreground, mom and dad at the market. background, the little girl with a thing cloud that leads to the foreground image].

So the little boy, the little girl, and the kitten walked to the market together.

But they didn’t see a pink cat with soft fur or a dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots.

“Oh, no!” cried kitten “They are not here.”

“Don’t despair,” said brother.

“It’s time to ask another question,” said sister

“I know,” said brother, “we can ask the grocer!”

[Image: the is standing in the market]

“Hello, there” said the Grocer.”

“Hello, “Replied the little boy, the little girl and the cat.”

“This is our new friend, Kitten,” said the little boy.

“We are looking for his parents,” said the little girl.

“My mama has soft pink fur,” said the kitten.

“And his papa is a dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots,” said the little boy.

“Have you seen them?” asked the girl.

[Image of the trio talking to the grocer.]

“Yes,” said the grocer, “they were in the produce section”

“Produce?” asked the kitten?

“Produce is where you can find fruits and vegetables,” said the grocer.

“Like apples?” asked sister.

“And brussel sprouts?” asked brother.

“Yes,” said the grocer.

[Images: of the the sister and brother with think clouds of apples and brussel sprouts]

“Then we must find the produce section!” exclaimed brother.

Together, the little boy, the little girl, and the kitten walked to the produce section, but when they got there, they didn’t see a pink cat with soft fur or a dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots.

[Image: the trip standing in the produce section in the supermarket. In the background, a

“Oh no!” cried the kitten, “I’ll never find my mama and papa!”

“Don’t dismay,” said brother, “We just need to ask another question.”

“Yes,” said sister, who had spotted a stock boy putting pears in a pile, “We can ask the stock boy if he’s seen them!”

“Excuse me,” said brother to the stock boy, “Have you seen a pink cat with soft fur and a dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots?”

[Image: the trio talking to the stock boy

“Yes, I have,” said the stock boy, “They went to the dairy section.”

“The Dairy?” asked the kitten.

“That’s where you’ll find cheese,” said brother.

“And milk,” added sister.

“Yes,” said the grocer, “they were looking for milk for their kitten.”

[Image: the boy and sister with think clouds of the dairy section. The boy has a close up of cheese, and the girl has a close up of milk, the kitten’s is of his mama and papa buying milk]

“Then we must go to the Dairy!” exclaimed brother.

[image: close up of the little boy, with his finger held high]

So the little boy, the little girl, and the kitten walked to the dairy, but when they got there, they didn’t see a pink cat with soft fur or a dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots.

“Oh no!” cried the kitten, “I’ll never find my mama and papa!”

“Don’t dismay,” said brother. “We just need to ask another question.”

[image: the trio are in the dairy section. There is a girl stocking dairy products on the shelf]

“We can ask the stock girl if she’s seen them,” said sister.

“Excuse me,” said brother to the stock girl, “Have you seen a pink cat with soft fur and a dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots?”

“Yes,” said the stock girl “They went to the deli section.”

“The deli?” asked the kitten.

“I know what that is,” said sister, “That is where you can find cooked meats like turkey and salami.”

“For scrumptious sandwiches,” added brother.

[Image of the boy and the girl with think clouds. The girl is thinking of ham and turkey, the boy is imagining a huge sandwich]

“Then we must go to the deli!” exclaimed sister.

[Image: close up of the little girl with her finger in the air]

So the little boy, the little girl, and the kitten walked to the butcher, but when they got there, they didn’t see a pink cat with soft fur or a dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots.

“Oh no!” cried the kitten, “I’ll never find my mama and papa!”

“Don’t dismay,” said brother. “We can ask another question.”

[Image: The trio in the deli. There is a man behind the counter slicing meat]

“I know,” said sister, “we can ask the deli man.”

“Excuse me,” said sister, “Have you seen a pink cat with soft fur and a dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots?”

[Image: the trio talking to the man behind the counter

“Yes,” said the man, “they went to the  bakery.”

“The bakery?” asked the kitten.

“That is where you find bread” said brother “And cookies and Cupcakes!” exclaimed sister.

“Yes,” said the baker.

[Image: brother with a think cloud image of bread. Sister with a think cloud of cookies and cupcakes]

“Then we must go to the bakery!” exclaimed the kitten.

[Image: close up of kitten with his paw in the air]

So the little boy, the little girl, and the kitten walked to the bakery. This time when they got there they saw a pink cat with soft fur and a dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots picking out a cake!”

“Mama! Papa!” cried the kitten.

The pink cat with soft fur and the dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots hugged the kitten.

{Image: Mama and papa hugging kitten]

“Where were you?” they asked.

“I was lost,” said the kitten.

“But we found you,” said brother.

“Because we asked a questions,” said sister.

“First, we  asked the kitten what you looked like,” said brother

“Then we asked where he last saw you,” said sister

“The we asked people if they had seen a cat with soft pink fur and a dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots” said kitten

We asked the grocer. He said he saw you in the produce section” said brother

“That’s where you can find fruits and vegetables like apples and brussel sprouts,” said the kitten.

“But you weren’t there,” said sister.

“So then we asked the stock boy,” said brother.

“And he said that you were at the dairy,” said sister

“That’s where you can find milk and cheese,” said the kitten

But you weren’t there,” said sister.

“So then we asked the stock girl,” said brother, “she said you were at the deli.”

“That’s where you find cooked meats like turkey and salami for sandwiches,” said the kitten

“But you weren’t there,” said brother.

“So we asked the deli man,” said sister, “and he said you were at the bakery.”

“That’s where you find bread, and cookies, and cupcakes!” exclaimed kitten.

“And you were here!” they all said together.

[Images: think clouds summarizing these experiences across a few pages.”

“Thank you for helping our kitten find us,” said  the dashing dog with pink and purple polk-a-dots.

“How can we ever repay you?” asked his mama

[Image: mama, papa, and kitten talking with the little boy and the little girl]

“Well,” said brother, “We really want a pet kitten and a pet dog,” said brother.

“But our mama and papa won’t let us have pets,” said sister

“Because dogs are too dirty” said brother

[Image: think cloud of dog tracking in a mess]

“and cats like to scratch things,” said sister

[Image: think cloud of cat scratching up furniture].

“We were wondering if we could play with kitten,” said brother

“I have a better idea!” said the dashing dog with the pink and purple polk-a-dots, “You can come visit us anytime!”

“That’s a great idea,” said the cat with the soft pink fur, “then you’ll be able to play with two cats and one dog

“Yippie” exclaimed brother and sister.

So then brother and sister walked home happy. Even though they couldn’t have a pet cat or a pet dog, now they had two cat friends and a dog friend that they could visit and play with everyday.

[Image of all of them playing at the park]

Then End.

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