The turtle came out of the Zanzibar Lake
and looked all around. “Now, who should I take
on adventures with me?” The girls and the boys
all jumped, waved their hands, and left their beach toys.
“Well, first we will stop at the Mudgy-Fudge Store.
Choose whatever you want, and then choose some more.
Then maybe a trip to the shoe store. We’ll buy some new shoes,
and that will be headlines in Zanzibar News.
Let’s go to the fair and buy great big balloons,
then off we’ll go skiing down slippery dunes.
Who’s coming? I ask you again. Who’s coming with me
on all of my travels? Come, Susie and Lee
and Fredric and Jane. Join up with me now,
you’ll be glad that you did. Look, see that pink cow?
She gives strawberry milk that tastes yummy-yum.
You won’t want to miss a small crumble or crumb
of the Universe Bakery’s cookies and cakes
made of raspberry frosting and chocolate fudge lakes.
And then, as I ponder, I think we should fly
on the backs of some eagles high up in the sky.
Look down and see trains just as tiny as specks
but be careful, my friends, and don’t hurt your necks.
We’ll land in a field of soft fluffified grass
and hear the bells ringing, those bells made of brass,
announcing that school is about to begin.
Wait, stop, do not cry. Please put back your grin.
My friends, worry not, I will take you with me,
my pals Jane and Fredric and Susie and Lee.
No assignments or chalk dust or homework for you….
just me, Mr. Turtle, who makes dreams come true.”