Chapters 9-11 Summary
Chapter 9: “Maurecia”
Everyone in the class liked Maurecia, but Maurecia only liked ice cream. Maurecia would bring an ice cream cone to school every day and keep it in her desk until lunchtime. She brought all kinds of flavors, but eventually she got tired of them all. By that time, the inside of her desk was a sticky mess, and—what was worse—now Maurecia did not like anything.
Mrs. Jewls did not like seeing Maurecia so unhappy. She invented a new flavor of ice cream for Maurecia; it was called “Maurecia-flavored ice cream.” Everyone liked Maurecia-flavored ice cream, but to Maurecia it had no taste. The next day, Mrs. Jewls brought in “Joe-flavored ice cream.” Maurecia and everyone else liked Joe-flavored ice cream—everyone, that is, except Joe. And of course, although everybody still liked Maurecia, now Maurecia only liked Joe.
Mrs. Jewls invented twenty-seven new flavors, one for every student in her class. Except for the person for whom the particular ice cream was named, everyone always liked the new flavors, even Maurecia. Everybody liked Maurecia, and finally Maurecia liked everybody back.
Maurecia’s favorite ice cream turned out to be “Todd-flavored ice cream.” The only problem was that sometimes Maurecia would try to take a bite out of Todd’s arm because she liked his flavor so much!
Chapter 10: “Paul”
Paul sat behind Leslie in class. Leslie had two very long pigtails, and Paul had an uncontrollable urge to pull them. One day, before he realized what he was doing, he grabbed one of Leslie’s pigtails. Leslie screamed, and Mrs. Jewls put Paul’s name on the board under DISCIPLINE.
Sadly, Paul was not satisfied; he really wanted to pull the other pigtail too. Unable to withstand the temptation, he reached out and yanked it; Leslie screamed again, and Mrs. Jewls put a check by his name on the board. Paul was happy now, though, and thought he could pull each of Leslie’s pigtails every day. He would not get sent home on the kindergarten bus as long as he did not get in...
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