Poems

My friend Cloverflower told me something AMAZING. She told me what this is: POEM. I will tell you what Poem is. It is this: words that sound nice together. Sometimes they do this: Rhyme. That means they sound the same at the ends. Sometimes a Poem tells a story!

Then she said, *Bud, why don’t you use that thingamajigger you keep Jumping on, and write down a Poem?*

She means my Magic Pink Rock. I Jump words on it. I nodded, I wanted to Jump Words That Sound Nice Together. I wanted to Jump a Poem! Then I would tell Worldwide Spider my Poem, and maybe Worldwide would put the Poem in its Web!

This is the Poem I Jumped!

I like things to lick

I’m not very quick

Grasshoppers kick

I want a big stick.

But Cloverflower said, *Bud, that’s not right. You have to do the Rhymes in a Certain Way, like Hookahs, or Limey Rocks, or Lamby Penny Meter. And it has to Make Sense.*

I shook my head. I did not want to Jump about Limey Rocks! I did not know what Lamby Penny Meter was! And Hookahs Are Not Poems!

But I did want to Make Sense. I wanted to Jump about things I like! I wanted to Jump about things I Knew! So I Jumped another Poem!

Cloverflower is here

Telling me what to Jump

The sounds go in my ear

And come out of my Rump.

Then I laughed because it was funny and true!

Cloverflower looked at my Poem. She made the noise that Flutterglow calls *exasperated*. I do not know why. Then she said, *Whatever, Bud. It’s not really GOOD Poetry, but I guess the rhymes are alright. But I have Important Things To Do. You can keep writing … uh, Jumping, and I will come back later to look at your Poems.*

I nodded. I would Keep Jumping, and she would Come Back Later to Look at my Poems.

Then I Jumped this:

This one time, I hid in a Plop.

Then Flutterglow came with a *POP*

She gave me a Look

Then we *POPPED* to the Brook

And I floated until she said Stop.

It was a good Poem. But I wanted to Jump more! So I Jumped this:

I live in a log.

It is full of all my things.

And ants live here too.

That one did not Rhyme, but I liked it anyway!

And then I was done. I do not know why.

I will go tell my Poems to Worldwide Spider now.

Goodbye from Bud Mushroom.

P.S. It was really the Pond, not a Brook, but Pond Does Not Rhyme. Goodbye again from Bud Mushroom.

P.P.S. Pond DOES Rhyme with Frond and Wand and Fond. It does not Rhyme with Look. I do not know why. Goodbye again again from Bud Mushroom.

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Hopper, Jumper, and Bouncer

A long long LONG time ago I found this: a baby bunny!

GUESS WHAT!

I will tell you what!

IT GREW UP!

It is not a baby bunny now. It is a Mummy bunny! This is how I know: I saw it with baby bunnies!

I will tell you what happened. This is what happened: I was in the forest. That is because I live there. All fairies live there. I do not know why.

I visited my friend, Baggywrinkle. He is a Puffin. He lives with the mermaids. But he can’t stay under water all the time. He is not a fish! I do not know why. But he is not. He was standing on a rock. I waved to him. He did not wave back. He does not have arms. He has these instead: wings.

After I waved, I flew home. But I fly slowly. It makes me tired. So I stopped to rest. And then I saw the bunny! It hopped over to me. Then I saw the babies! They hopped and and jumped and bounced. I laughed and laughed. Then the Mummy bunny stopped! She looked at me! She crept to me. She sniffed me! I laughed, because it tickled!

Then she did this: SHE LICKED ME! I laughed more because it tickled a LOT!

I did not know why she licked me. Fairies are not good food for bunnies. Bunnies eat things like apples and grass. But I am a Useful fairy, and it was Useful to Know Why. Then I KNEW!

It was the same bunny I helped before! She was not tasting me! She was saying THANK YOU BUD MUSHROOM!

I smiled! I like to be Useful!

Then she showed me her babies. She had three babies. I do not speak Bunny so I do not know their Bunny names. I will call them Hopper, Jumper, and Bouncer. Mummy bunny let me touch her babies. They were very soft. I hope I see them again!

Goodbye from Bud Mushroom.

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Hello Evening

One day, I was standing by the Queen’s Throne. Cloverflower was standing by the Queen’s Throne. Flutterglow was standing by the Queen’s Throne. The Queen was not standing by her Throne. That is because she was sitting on her Throne. That is what the Queen does. I do not know why.

Then the Queen said, *Bud Mushroom, Tonight is Hello Evening. We must Wear Delightful Costumes, and then we shall all wander around Twinkle Dingle and say Hello to everyone.*

I did not know why the Queen would say, *Bud Mushroom, Tonight is Hello Evening. We must Wear Delightful Costumes, and then We shall all wander around Twinkle Dingle and say Hello to everyone.* But she did.

When she said it, I drooped. This is why: I DID NOT WANT TO WEAR A DELIGHTFUL COSTUME. A Costume is Clothing! Clothing is NOT Delightful!!

I

Hate

Clothing.

The Queen said, *Everyone must now go find a Delightful Costume, and We will Meet Back Here!*

I flew away. I hid in my house. My house is a dead log. It is where I live. My things are all in my house. The ants and slugs come to visit me! They are my friends.

I have other friends. Two of them are Flutterglow and Cloverflower. They are not slugs. They are not ants. They are fairies! I do not know why.

Flutterglow and Cloverflower came to my house. They stood outside. They pounded on my log.

Flutterglow said, *We know you’re in there, Bud. Come out and we will help you find a Delightful Costume!*

Cloverflower said, *It doesn’t even need to be an Entire Costume, Bud. Maybe you can just wear an Amusing Mask!*

I did not want to Wear a Delightful Costume. I did not want to Wear an Amusing Mask. A Mask is just a Face Costume. It is still Clothing!

Then Flutterglow said Something Scary! She said, *Bud, if you do not Come Out, we will Come In!*

Flutterglow can do an Amazing Thing. It is called *POP*. She can *POP* anyplace! She could *POP* into my house! If she *POPPED* into my house, she would make me Wear a Costume!

I drooped. But I am a Useful Fairy, and I needed to know something Useful. I needed to know how to Hide from the *POP*. I looked around. I used my Magic. And then I KNEW!

I told all of my ant friends and slug friends to get on top of me. I made myself flat on the bottom of my log. Ants crawled on me. Slugs slithered on me. I was covered! I wanted to laugh, but then Flutterglow would know I was Bud Mushroom, Useful Fairy, and not a part of a log covered in slugs! So I stayed very very still. I stayed very very quiet.

Flutterglow *POPPED* into my log! Cloverflower did too! Flutterglow said, *Where are you, Bud? We know you are hiding in here. Cloverflower, look under those Dead Leaves.*

Cloverflower said, *I am not touching those Dead Leaves, they are Moldy and Slimy. This entire house is Disgusting. How does Bud stand it?*

She meant me! I am Bud! But I did not say How I Stand It, because then she would know where I was hiding! I put my hand over my mouth so I would not laugh.

Flutterglow said, *I don’t know, Cloverflower, but remember he once hid in one of Rudy’s Stinky Plops. Maybe his nose doesn’t work.*

Once, I hid in one of Rudy’s Stinky Plops. It was a Very Good Hiding Place. But my nose DOES work. It keeps my eyes from sliding into my mouth! I wanted to tell her, but then she would know where I was hiding! So I stayed quiet.

Cloverflower said, *I don’t care of it works or not, I am not waiting for him to show up! I want to Wear a Delightful Costume and say Hello to everyone! The Queen said when we say Hello, we will get Sweets!*

My eyes got big when she said Sweets. I love Sweets! I do not like Chewy Sweets. But some Sweets are soft. Some can be licked. They are not all Chewy.

Flutterglow said, *You’re right, let’s go get my Bag, so we can carry more Sweets. We’ll find Bud later. I hope someone gives us Choklit.*

My eyes got REALLY BIG when she said Choklit. They got as big as REALLY BIG eyes! I will tell you why: I LOVE CHOKLIT! I would even Wear a Costume to get Choklit!

But I did not get to tell them. They *POPPED* away! But I did not droop. I stood up. I went outside to find them. I did not see them. But I remembered something Useful: The Queen said, *We will Meet Back Here.*

*Here* was By Her Throne. So I flew to her Throne. But I fly very slowly. When I got there, no one was there!

I did not know what to do. So I used my Magic and then I knew something Useful. I would Wait!

So I Waited. Then I sat on the ground and I Waited. Then I lay down and I Waited. And GUESS WHAT HAPPENED?

THEY CAME BACK! Flutterglow was wearing Cloverflower’s Dress. Cloverflower was wearing Flutterglow’s Dress. They were pretending to be each other! Those were their Costumes.

The Queen was wearing Human Clothing! She was pretending to be a Human! I do not know why. It was not very Delightful.

The Queen said, *It’s Too Bad that Bud didn’t want to come with us. Look at all these Sweets!*

She meant me! I am Bud! I stood up. I walked to her Throne.

Cloverflower saw me first. Her eyes got as big as mine did! She said, *Flutterglow, do you see that . . .  whatever it is?*

Flutterglow looked at me. *What is that, Cloverflower? It’s covered in slugs and ants! Is it a Dead Log?*

The Queen looked at me and screamed! Then she said, *It cannot be, as it is moving towards us! Flutterglow, go find Wildwhisper, and have him Bring the Thorn, at once! Cloverflower, Warn Everyone! I will be in my Thinking Place, hid . . . I mean, thinking of a way to save us from the Slug Creature!*

Flutterglow and Cloverflower *POPPED* away and the Queen flew high up in the air to her Thinking Place. I looked around but I did not see a Slug Creature. I do not know why they were scared! There was nothing here but me, Bud Mushroom.

AND ALL OF THEIR SWEETS! I smiled! I walked over to their bags. I found Choklit! I found Honey Drops! I even found a Magic Cookie from the Garden Gnomes! I filled up Cloverflower’s Bag. I took the Bag full of Delicious Sweets back to my log.

Once I got home, the ants crawled off of me. The slugs slithered away from me. I shared the Delicious Sweets with them. It was a very nice Hello Evening, and I did not have to Wear a Costume!

Goodbye from Bud Mushroom

P.S. Wildwhisper came to my house later. He said, *Bud Mushroom, there is a Creepy Slug Creature in Twinkle Dingle. Do not leave your house, it is Not Safe.* Then he came back later and said, *I can’t find the Slug Creature anyplace, it must have Gone Home. You can come out now.* I will go out now. I have to give Cloverflower her Bag. Goodbye again from Bud Mushroom.

P.P.S. I gave Cloverflower her bag. She looked inside. It was empty. She made the noise that Flutterglow calls Exasperated. I do not know why. Goodbye again again from Bud Mushroom.

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A thief in Twinkle Dingle!

Yesterday, Grassywind said, *Come with me, Bud Mushroom. You can be Useful, and help me Organize Things.*

I nodded! I like to be Useful! We went to the Kitchen. The Kitchen is inside a Hollow Tree.  Flickerfoot was there. That is because he has this Job: Royal Chef. He makes food for the Queen.

Flickerfoot said, *Thank goodness you are here, Grassywind! I am in a Kerfluffle! Please Sort my Nuts and Berries.*

Grassywind told me what to do. He showed me a Basket full of Berries of All Colors! He said, *Put all of the Blue Berries in that shell, Bud. Put the Red Berries in that other shell. And put the Purple Berries in the third shell.*

Grassywind Sorted the Nuts. I Sorted the Berries. But sometimes Red Berries look like Purple Berries! Sometimes Purple Berries look like Blue Berries! Sometimes I got All Mixed Up! But I Did My Best. That is All I Can Do.

And then Flickerfoot came back. He said, *You did a grand job! Now I can find all of my Berries and Nuts. Thank you.*

He gave me a Blue Berry and a Brown Nut! I took them home. I licked the Berry. It was Juicy.

But I do not like Nuts. They are Hard and Crunchy. They hurt my mouth. I did not know what do do! And then I had an Idea. I will tell you my Idea. This was my Idea: I would give the Nut to one of my Friends!

But I was tired. Sorting Berries is Hard Work! I wanted to sleep! So I put the Nut by my door. Then I curled up in my bed. I went to sleep.

When I woke up, THE NUT WAS GONE! But I heard a noise. This was the noise: Chitter. I followed the Chitter. I looked up. That is because the Chitter was Up. I saw something Red. I flew up to the Red Thing and guess what I found??

A SQUIRREL. It was sitting in the Tree. It was eating my Nut! I drooped. I would not have a Nut to give my friends! But then the Squirrel did something EVEN MORE AMAZING! It ran farther up the tree.

I followed!

It went into a Hole in the Tree!

I followed!

Guess what was inside the Hole?? I will tell you what was Inside the Hole. BABY SQUIRRELS! The Squirrel curled up with the Babies. It was their Mummy! I smiled! But the Squirrel Nest was SO HIGH UP that I was tired from flying. So I curled up with them. They were Soft. They were Warm! I took a nice nap. Then I woke up and flew home.

I still do not have a Nut. But that is alright. I will give my friends Something Else, and I will Explain about the Baby Squirrels.

Goodbye from Bud Mushroom.

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Snail Scrubbing

Today I helped Bubblebelle. This is Bubblebelle’s Job: Snail Scrubber. That means she Scrubs Snails. She makes them clean!

Bubblebelle also is this: Sprout Gardener. That means she takes care of Sprouts. When a fairy Blooms, it is a Seedling. Then it grows into a Sprout. Sprouts go to Sprout Garden to Learn Important Things.

When I was a Sprout, I saw Bubblebelle Every Day! She played games with me. We floated in the Pond. She told me funny stories. She said, *Bud Mushroom, you are the quietest Sprout I have ever had in my Garden!* That is because I don’t like to talk. It is hard, and makes my mouth hurt. But Bubblebelle didn’t mind. She had Other Ways to know what I needed.

Today she came to my house. It is an Old Log. I live in it. She said, *Bud Mushroom, I need help Scrubbing Snails. Please come help me and I will give you a treat.*

I love treats! I went with her. I helped her Scrub Snails. This is what I did: I poured water on them. I scrubbed their shells with a brush. I wiped their faces with a Soft Cloth. Then I rinsed them clean!

I got wet. I got clean too! But I do not mind getting wet. Wet is just from water. It is not Clothing. I do not like Clothing.

Bubblebelle clapped her hands! She smiled! She said, *You are a good Snail Scrubber, Bud! Here is your treat.*

This is what she gave me: A White Cube. It was as big as me!

A Cube is a bunch of squares stuck together. This Cube was made of Sugar!

Bubblebelle said, *It is called Sugar Cube, Bud.* I do not know why.

Then she said, *Lick it, Bud. It is Sweet!*

I licked it. It was Sweet! I smiled!

Bubblebelle clapped her hands and laughed! She said, *Take that home. Thank you for being Useful today.*

I like to be Useful! I took Sugar Cube home. It was so big that it took a long time to get home!

When I got home, I licked it. I still have a lot left! I will share it with my ant friends.

Goodbye from Bud Mushroom.

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A Very Strange Thing

A Strange Thing happened today. I will tell you what it was!

I woke up. I opened my eyes. I got out of bed. I did not get dressed. Those are not Strange Things. I do those things Every Single Day.

I went to find the Queen. That was not Strange either. But she was not on her Throne! This is how I know: No One was there! The Queen is not No One! That is because she is the Queen. I do not know why.

I flew around the clearing. I could not see the Queen. I could not hear the Queen! I could not even smell the Queen! That is what was Strange!

But then I DID hear something. It sounded like this: Buzz. But many things in Twinkle Dingle make the sound Buzz. I did not know what made the sound Buzz this time.

I flew towards the Buzz. And I saw the Queen! She was near her Thinking Place. It is like a house. But it is in a tree! I did not know why she was going to her Thinking Place. I flew closer to it.

She flew to the roof. She opened the door in the roof. She flew inside.

I did not go inside. I was Not Invited. If I went inside when I was Not Invited, I would be in Big Trouble. Once, I was in Big Trouble. The Queen made me milk the grasshoppers. I do not like to milk grasshoppers. They kick.

I flew to a different part of her Thinking Place. It is called this: Window. A Window is like a Hole in a Wall. You can see into the Thinking Place! The Queen was Very Clever to make a Window in her Thinking Place. I live in a Rotten Log. I do not have a Window. But I do have ants and slugs. They are as Just As Good as a Window. But you can’t see through them.

I heard a noise inside the Thinking Place. I looked through the Window. This was the noise: The Queen opened a Cupboard! The noise I heard was the Door. It did this: Squeak. Then the Queen looked in her Cupboard. She took something out.

This is what she took out: A JAR OF DELICIOUS SWEETS.

I do not like Chewy Delicious Sweets. They are hard to chew. Chewing makes my mouth hurt. But I looked carefully. And I saw something AMAZING.

THE JAR HAD CHOKLIT IN IT.

I licked my lips. I LOVE CHOKLIT. I do not chew it. I lick it. Then it does not hurt my mouth.

I wanted some Delicious Choklit. But I knew something about the Queen: The Queen does not like to share her Delicious Choklit. She does not like to share the Berry Sweets, either. She will Only Share the Peppermints and the Licorice.

I watched the Queen. I licked my lips. But then something happened. I slipped! I fell against the Thinking Place! It made this noise: Bang.

The Queen stopped. She turned to the Window. She said *Who is that Outside Our Thinking Place? Gran, it that you?*

She meant Rumpleknoll. She calls Rumpleknoll *Gran*. I do not know why.

But I am not Rumpleknoll. I am not Gran! I am Bud Mushroom, Useful Fairy. And I would be in Big Trouble if the Queen saw me looking through her Window! I did not want to milk grasshoppers again!

But then the Queen put the Jar on her Table. She flew to the ceiling. She went out the door in the roof. And she started to fly near me!

I could not fly up, she would see me! I could not fly down, she would catch me! So I climbed in the Window. And licked my lips.

I did not take the Jar of Delicious Choklit. I only took One Piece. I did not eat it. But I did lick it. I Could Not Help Myself. Then I heard a noise on the roof! I dropped the Choklit! I jumped out the Window! I flew to the ground. I did not want the Queen to see me!

Then something happened! THE QUEEN SUMMONED ME! She does it like this: she claps her hands. She whistles. Then I know she is Summoning Me.

That means I can go into her Thinking Place! Maybe she wanted to give me some Delicious Choklit! So I flew back up into the tree. I went in through the Door in the Roof. I landed next to her. I smiled!

She frowned at me. *Bud Mushroom, have you been eating Our Delicious Choklit?*

I shook my head. I had not eaten it! I had only licked it!

She frowned again. She held up the piece I licked. She said, *Did you lick this, Bud?*

I nodded. I had licked it!

Then she did a Strange Thing. The thing she did was not the Strange Thing. But SHE did it. Usually Flutterglow does it! The Queen does not. She did this: SHE MADE THE NOISE CALLED EXASPERATED.

But then she handed me the Choklit I licked! *You can have that, Bud,* she said. *But you must not Sneak in here and Steal Our Snacks.*

I nodded. I would not Sneak in here and Steal Her Snacks.

*And you must be Taught a Lesson, for Disobeying Us,* she said.

I drooped. I did not want to milk grasshoppers again! But she said something AMAZING!

*After you eat that Choklit, you will Scrub Our Table. You got Choklit all over it. Then you will bathe in the Pond, and Clean your Sticky Fingers. And then you will go with Flutterglow to wherever it is that she goes to Find Treats, and you will help her to Replenish Our Royal Stash of Snacks.*

I nodded! I smiled! I would Wash the Table! I would Help Flutterglow! I would not have to milk grasshoppers!!! I was so happy that I spun in circles in the air.

I cleaned the Table. I took a bath! Now I have to go with Flutterglow! I will carry her Bag! Maybe we will find Choklit! Maybe we will find Cheese Burger!

Goodbye from Bud Mushroom!

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I am awake now

Twinkle Dingle Day was SO MUCH FUN! I made new friends! I licked things! I got to tell people about ME, Bud Mushroom! I saw Worldwide Spider’s WHOLE ENTIRE WEB! At least I think I did. It was ginormous.

But then I was tired. I took a long, long nap! Now I am awake again. That is what happens after you take a long, long nap.

I am going to go find my friends and see if they will play a game with me.

Goodbye from Bud Mushroom!

 

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I am so excited!

It is almost Twinkle Dingle Day! Hooray!

These are Ten Reasons Why I Am Excited!

  1.  I LOVE CELEBRATIONS! They are fun! We have Celebrations A LOT in Twinkle Dingle. But Humans don’t come to them. Humans can come to Twinkle Dingle Day!
  2.  I will have a Day Off. Maybe I can Float in Something! I like to Float in buttermilk. It is Delicious.
  3.  I will get to meet new friends! Will you be one of my new friends?
  4.  There will be Games to Play! I LOVE GAMES! I love hide-and-seek the best.
  5.  Humans and fairies and pixies and mermaids can ASK ME ANYTHING! If I know the answers, I will ANSWER ANYTHING! I like to Answer Questions. It is like a Game!
  6.  Maybe I will get to lick Choklit! I LOVE CHOKLIT.
  7.  Someone called Author will be there. Authors make up stories! I LOVE STORIES! Maybe there will be a new story!
  8.  Someone called Artist will be there too! I know what an Artist is. They do this: Make Art. Art is nice to look at! But do not lick it. Artists DO NOT LIKE THAT. I do not know why.
  9.  Some Humans can win Prizes! Some of the prizes have pictures of me, Bud Mushroom. Some of the Prizes have pictures of my friends! Prizes are things like Stickers. I do not know what a Sticker is.
  10.  I LOVE TWINKLE DINGLE! I love it SO MUCH that I want everyone else to Celebrate with me! Maybe everyone else will love it too!

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I hope you can come to Twinkle Dingle Day!!

Goodbye from Bud Mushroom.

 

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I was interviewed!

I do not know why.

You can read it here.

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Twinkle Dingle Day

I will tell you about Twinkle Dingle Day.

I live in Twinkle Dingle. That is because it is my home. All of my friends live here, too! Humans call it Fairy Land. I do not know why.

One day, the Queen said, *We Wish to Celebrate Twinkle Dingle. We shall have a Celebration, and call it Twinkle Dingle Day.*

A Celebration is like a Party! When she said that, I clapped my hands! I like Parties!

Then she said something AMAZING! She said, *Bud Mushroom, We know you have been telling stories to Worldwide the Spider. If you will tell Worldwide about Twinkle Dingle Day, We will let you keep your Magic Rock.*

I do not know how she found out about my Magic Rock! I jump words on my Rock, and Worldwide Spider can see them in their Web!

I want to keep my Magic Rock! So I am telling Worldwide Spider about Twinkle Dingle Day RIGHT NOW!

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Worldwide Spider, please come to Twinkle Dingle Day! Then the Queen will know I told you about it!

Goodbye from Bud Mushroom!

 

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A Secret

Today I will Jump a Secret.

I love to play games. That is not the Secret.

Hide-and-Seek is my favorite game! That is also not the Secret.

This is the Secret: I will Jump about the places I like to hide! The places are the Secret! But don’t tell Flutterglow. I want to hide in them again.

Here are my favorite places:

  1. In the Pond. I can hide under the water for a LONG TIME. But I soak up water! I get big! One time the Queen said, *Bud, you are like a Tiny Green Sponge.* I do not know what a Sponge is. But when I get big from the water, it is easy for Flutterglow to find me. Maybe the Pond is not such a good Hiding Place.
  2. In the Cricket Barn. One time Pebblemist found me hiding there. She said, *You are not a Cricket, Bud Mushroom. If you are going to be in my Cricket Barn, then you must help me clean it.* I nodded. I like to be Useful. I cleaned the Cricket Barn. I carried out all of the old Cricket Skins. When a Cricket grows, it takes off its old skin! I made a Pile of Cricket Skins. Then Flutterglow found me.
  3. In a Pile of Cricket Skins. Outside the Cricket Barn, there was a HUGE Pile of Cricket Skins! I do not know why. I hid in it. Flutterglow found me. She said, *Bud, that was silly, I just now found you in the Cricket Barn. Next time, wait until the next day, or hide in it while I am not looking, at least.* Next time, I will hide when she is Not Looking.
  4. Under Thistle’s hat. I hid there once for THREE DAYS. When Flutterglow finally found me, I laughed and laughed! She always looks there now. It is not a Secret Hiding Place anymore.
  5. In a Basket of Fluff. Quickspirit was Collecting Fluff. He is the Fluff Collector. He sat next to a Basket of Fluff. He opened a Box. This is what was inside the Box: A Delicious Snack! I LOVE Delicious Snacks! I flew next to him. He smiled. He said, *And how are you today, My Little Seedling?* I looked at his Snack. I licked my lips. He laughed. He gave me half of his Snack! Then he went back to work. Then I heard Flutterglow. Her wings made this noise: Buzz. She said, *Bud, where are you?* I hid in the Basket of Fluff. But I left my Delicious Snack next to the Basket! She found me. Then she handed me my Snack! It was Delicious.
  6. Under a Piece of Driftwood at the Seashore. I got Sand between my toes. Flutterglow did not find me. But Baggywrinkle did! He is a Puffin. He is friends with the Mermaids. He thought I was a Delicious Treat. But I am not a Delicious Treat! I am a Useful Fairy!
  7. In the Wishing Well. I am not a Coin. But I went inside anyway. Flutterglow found me. She said, *I found you, Bud! Now I get to hide, and you have to find me.* I nodded. She flew away. I counted to ten. Ten is the biggest number I know. Then I saw Grassywind. He is a Pixie. He said, *Hey, Bud, do you want to help me sort rocks?* I nodded! I DID want to help him Sort Rocks! We flew to his Sorting Station. We Sorted Rocks. Then I flew home. Then Flutterglow *POPPED* into my house. She made the noise she calls Exasperated. She said, *THERE you are! You were supposed to find me! I hid for hours and hours! What have you been doing all this time?* I told her about Sorting Rocks. She did this: Frown. But then she did this: Giggle. Then she said, *I would have gone off to sort rocks too, next time come find me first and we’ll both sort rocks.* I nodded. Next time I will find her so she can Sort Rocks Too.
  8. Under a leaf. Flutterglow did not find me. But Rudy did! He went for a walk. He stepped on the leaf. I got squished into the mud! It did not hurt. Mud is soft. But Rudy stopped. He moved the leaf. He saw me! Next time I will hide under a different leaf.
  9. Behind Flutterglow’s bed. She sleeps in a seashell. She came to her home. So did Cloverflower. That is because they share a house. Cloverflower said, *We should keep looking for him, Flutterglow. What if he is in danger?* The HIM is ME! I was hiding! Flutterglow said, *I am tired of looking, he’s probably just someplace he shouldn’t be anyway, like that time he hid in Rudy’s … I don’t even want to say it.* Cloverflower said, *Then let’s just go to bed, I am tired. We can look in the morning.* They came into the room with their bed. It is called Bed Room. I do not know why. Flutterglow took off her dress. She yawned. Then she saw me. She made the noise she calls Exasperated. She said, *There you are, Bud Mushroom! Get out of my Bed Room!* I nodded. I got out of her Bed Room. Cloverflower giggled. I do not know why.
  10. In the Queen’s Thinking Place. I am not allowed to go in there Without Permission. But I went in Without Permission. Flutterglow did not find me. She said, *Come out, come out, wherever you are!* I came out from wherever I was. Do not tell the Queen. I will be in Big Trouble if she finds out.

Goodbye from Bud Mushroom.

P.S. Baggywrinkle did not eat me.

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Ten Things I Licked Today

Today the Queen said, *Bud Mushroom, We do not need you to be Useful today. You may have the Day Off.*

I did not know what a Day Off was! So I asked Cloverflower. She said, *You can do Anything You Want today, Bud.* But I did not know what I wanted to do! She said, *Whatever, Bud, you can go lick things all day for all I care.*

So I did. This is what I licked:

  • Cloverflower’s Breakfast. It was a Smooshed Berry. She said, *Bud, I didn’t mean for you to lick things in my house! Go Someplace Else! And take That Berry with you.* I went Someplace Else. I took That Berry with me.
  • A Mushroom. It was the same color as my tongue! It did not taste like my tongue. It tasted like a Mushroom! After I licked it, I sat on it. Then I ate That Berry.
  • Willowdrop’s Hair Oil. She said, *Oh, Bud! I hope that Hair Oil does not make you ill! Go lick something different!* Then she gave me a hug and a Piece of Choklit! She is a Good Mummy.
  • Peppertwirl’s Mirror. I do not know why. Peppertwirl said, *Bud, now my Mirror has Tongue Marks all over it! And what is that, Hair Oil? You must Come Back Tomorrow and Clean It Off!* I will Go Back Tomorrow and Clean It Off.
  • A Tree. Shinyspeck said, *I dare you to lick that tree, Bud.* So I did. It did not taste good. The Bark made my tongue feel scratchy. Shinyspeck laughed. I do not know why.
  • The Pond. The Water is Cool and Refreshing. It made my tongue feel better.
  • A frog. I did not mean to! But it was in the Pond. When I licked it, it jumped away! Frogs are fast.
  • Rudy. He smells like a skunk. He tastes like a skunk. That is because he is a skunk. His white stripes taste the same as his black stripes. I do not know why.
  • Flutterglow. She said, *That is Disgusting, Bud Mushroom! I do not know where your tongue has been! Ew, what is that Atrocious Smell? Have you been licking Rudy? Get away from me, Bud!*
  • Choklit. Willowdrop gave it to me. It was Delicious.

The next time I have a Day Off, I will Float in things.

Goodbye from Bud Mushroom.

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