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This first children’s story that Alice wrote was an exercise given by her English Professor to write a story using a well-known children’s author’s characters. She choose to write a story based on A. A. Milne’s, Winnie The Pooh’s characters. Enjoy,

“PIGLET’S NET CURTAINS”

Piglet wanted curtains for his windows and he thought that Fall was a good time of year to make them, especially since he wanted yellow curtains. You see, Piglet thought that he could use the big yellow maple leaves to make his curtains with, but he wasn’t quite sure how to go about this. So he set off to Pooh’s house. He knew his friend would be able to help him.

It was a perfect Fall day. The sun was shining brightly and there was just enough breeze in the air to bring a few more yellow leaves off the trees.

Piglet got to Pooh’s house and walked through the open door. Pooh was just finishing off a jar of honey and welcomed his friend with a sticky-armed hug.

“Pooh, I want some yellow curtains for my house and I’ve come to get you to help me sort out how to make them.

“Well Piglet,” said Pooh lazily; he was ready for a nap after having eaten all that honey, “why do you want curtains?”

“I don’t just want curtains,” said Piglet, “I want bright yellow curtains. And the maple leaves on the ground are bright yellow, so I thought they would be perfect.” “But won’t it block out the sunlight?” asked Pooh.

“Wouldn’t it be better not to have any curtains or to have net curtains so that the sunlight can shine through them?”

“Well maybe,” squeaked Piglet, “but if the leaves are bright yellow, it will be like the sun is shining all the time.” Piglet really was becoming quite excited about the concept of new yellow curtains.

“Do the leaves on the ground have any honey on them?” asked Pooh, who usually only had one thing on his mind.

“Not that I know of,” said Piglet.

“Well, why don’t we go and ask Owl,” said Pooh. “He’ll know how to advise us on making the curtains.”

“Good idea,” said Piglet and off they trotted to the Hundred Acre Wood.

Owl was sleeping when they arrived, but was more than happy to see his two friends. Pooh explained Piglet’s situation and asked Owl’s wisdom on how to go about making the yellow-leaved curtains.

“Well, that is a very good question,” said Owl. “Are you sure you wouldn’t rather have net curtains on your windows?”

“I’m sure!” stated Piglet quite emphatically. As a matter of fact, neither Pooh nor Owl had heard him be so emphatic about anything before.

“Well then,” said Owl, “you’ve picked a good day for it. I think the first thing to do would be to gather up a large quantity of perfect yellow maple leaves. After you have a large quantity of leaves, you could take them to Rabbit and see if she could make them into curtains for you.”

“Thank you Owl!” said Pooh and Piglet together, and off they trotted to pick up yellow leaves. They thought they would head to the river where there were a lot of maple trees. As they approached the river they found their friend Eeyore. He was eating grass on the riverbank.

“Hello Eeyore,” said Pooh. “It’s a fine day to be collecting yellow leaves, isn’t it?”

“I don’t know what is so fine about the day,” said Eeyore, “And I don’t know any day that would be fine for collecting leaves; that sounds like work to me.”

“But we have a plan for making bright yellow leaf curtains for my place,” said Piglet.

“And we need lots of yellow leaves, so we thought you would like to help us,” said Pooh.

“Oh, alright,” said Eeyore reluctantly, “but don’t you think you’d be better off with net curtains that will let the sunlight in?”

“No!” said Piglet and Pooh together.

“I only asked,” said Eeyore.

As Piglet rushed around picking up bright yellow leaves, Pooh waddled around, picking up bright yellow leaves. Eeyore picked them up one at a time with his mouth, making sure they were perfect leaves. They had gathered up a big pile and were just deciding how they would carry the leaves to Rabbit, when along bounced Tigger. Tigger, in his bouncey, enthusiastic way, had come along so quickly that before anyone realized he was even there, he had bounced right into the centre of the pile of perfect yellow leaves.

‘Wow, this is fun!” exclaimed Tigger, “are you about to jump on this pile of leaves too?”

There was complete silence. Tigger looked at the three faces staring at him and got the feeling that they were not about to jump into the pile of leaves. As a matter of fact, he got the feeling his mother was calling him and that he had better bounce away quite quickly, so off he went.

“Nice visit from Tigger,” said Eeyore, who was the first one to recover. “Perhaps we’d better start again with non-broken leaves only this time put them in a bucket first.”

A bucket was found and the leaves were carefully loaded in, and off Piglet and Pooh went with their precious load.

Rabbit was pleased to see them and was more than willing to make Piglet curtains. But she did check beforehand just to make sure that he wouldn’t rather have net ones.

When Piglet had hung his new yellow curtains, he had a party to celebrate. He even made sure that he had honey for his best friend Pooh, as he wanted the party to be a big success. Everyone had a good time and congratulated Piglet on his new bright yellow curtains.

A few weeks later, Piglet noticed that the bright yellow curtains were no longer a bright yellow; they had become a very dull yellow. And a few weeks after that, the dull yellow curtains had become brown curtains.

And slowly but surely, the dried up maple leaves started to get little holes in them. Eventually the leaves had so many holes in them that they were showing only their veins, looking like nets. Pooh came calling and said to Piglet, “I see you’ve changed your mind about the curtains after all.”

“Yes,” said Piglet. “In the end I decided to have net curtains.”

“They look good and they let in the light,” said Pooh. “Let’s go find some lunch.”

The End

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