Saving the BooksSaving the BooksA Narrative Argument by Daniel LauxJudy was at her computer busy writing a new article for her local column, when she took notice of the time.It’s almost three o’clock, Judy thought, Henry should be home from the library any moment now.A moment later, Henry walked in. Judy saved her progress on the article, and went out to the hallway to greet her son. She noticed that Henry had a disappointed look on his face.“Hey Henry”, Judy said enthusiastically “how was your trip to the library today?”“It could have been a lot better”, Henry said, in a rather unhappy tone.“That’s strange, I thought you loved going to the library. Here, why don’t we go to the kitchen, and you can tell me everything over some milk and cookies”, Judy said.They entered the kitchen, and Judy prepared Henry a plate of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of 2% milk. Once that was done, they sat down at t
The Magnificent Fire-BirdThe Magnificent Fire-BirdBy Daniel LauxIn the forests of Russia, there lives a birdWho has feathers of red and gold.He's a creature, who is brave and true to his word,And his presence is one to behold.He has wonderful manners, and his company is great,And not to mention, his humor is simply divine!He dines on golden apples on a silver lined plate,With a cup of some sparkling wine.While he tends to be humble, his deeds are quite grandAnd most certainly worthy of praise.Such as rescuing Prince Ivan from the dangerous handOf King Koschei in the olden days.And now, don't forget to remember this word:Be sure to befriend the magnificent fire-bird.
Questions for JackQuestions for JackBy Daniel LauxMy friend, there are manythings I wonder about you. Would you mind itif I ask them to you?Your tongue is very rough to the touch.Is it possible for me to file my nails on it?Your hair scatters all over the cushions.Are you shedding, or do you need a wig?Whenever you're happy, you sound like a motor.Is that normal, or should I hire the local mechanic?I admire your shiny and glassy green eyes.Can I pop them out and use them as marbles?Your tail sways around when I scratch your back.Will your head sway around if I scratch your belly?Your ears are wide and pointed upwards.Aren't you worried that bats will hibernate in them for the winter?So those are my questions, feel free to answer them whenever you please.I just hope that I can understand the language of the cat by then!
The Elephant's Messages The Elephant's Messages A short story by Daniel LauxI've had many unusual jobs in my life. Some of them were a lot of fun, like the time I worked as a pizza chef in a five star pizzeria. And some of them were extremely boring, like the time I worked as a lifeguard at the local swimming pool. But if there's one job that left a strong impression on me, it would probably have to be when I worked closely with my good friend Samuel. Let me tell you all about it
It all goes back about ten years, right after I graduated college. My uncle Bruce wanted to help me get on my feet in the real world, and so helped out by getting me a job at the local zoo."One of my friends there is a keeper, and he's needed an assistant with his work. I told him about your strong work ethic, and he agreed to let you in. You start work this Tuesday" Uncle Bruce said."Thanks Uncle Bruce" I said."Ah, don't mention it. It's the least I can do for my one and only nephew.""Yeah but, I'm not