by Tom LaBaff
Image: There is a boy named Phil fishing on a dock next to a boy standing on stilts.
Stilts says, “Darn, we're out of worms. It's your turn, Phil.”
Image: Fishing boy shakes his head.
Phil says, “Stilts, there's no way I'm going in that disgusting, smelly mud! It's full of larvae, leeches, and other slimy stuff.”
Stilts says, “I'll give you a gummy worm for each real worm.”
Image: Phil gets up and jumps into mud puddle.
Phil says, “OK, OK. You don't have to beg.”
Phil says, “I'm doing this for gummies. I'm doing this for gummies.”
Image: Puddle moves up to reveal a sad face, and speaks.
Mud says, “I have such a bad reputation.”
Phil says, “Who are you??”
Mud says, “I'm mud. The one you called disgusting. Don't worry, I'm used to it. Mudslinger. Cheap as dirt. Old as dirt.”
- microorganism: An organism so tiny that it can be seen only with a microscope.
- reputation: The quality of someone as judged by others.
- What is mud?
[anno: Mud is soil with a lot of water in it.]
- What farm animal likes to spend a lot of time in the mud?
[anno: a pig]
- Believe it or not, this animal's skin is very sensitive. Why do you think that this animal spends so much time in the mud?
[anno: Answers will vary but could include that a pig covers itself with mud to help block sunlight and prevent sunburn.]