Dr. Seuss Dreams

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

The first book I ever read was Dr. Seuss’ “ABC.” Twenty-two years later, my dream is to write children’s books. They rhyme, they make me happy and I want to make kids smile. Is there a better feeling?

Sure, this isn’t the typical way you write and share a children’s book, but I have a bundle of them, and sharing is caring.

STUTTERBUG – 1/04/2012

Chicago – Orange County Flight 686, Seat 9F

There once was a bug

Who was so very smart –

He had thoughts very kind

In his really big heart.

 

But he was a shy unsure bug –

His thoughts would get cluttered

And when he needed to speak

He st-st-st-stuttered.

 

And it would get in the way,

Whether something big or so small,

A good story, or message,

A long distance phone call.

 

And Stutterbug didn’t know

Would he st-st-stutter always?

Would he tell stories forever

With so many delays?

 

The others would say things

Like “Spit it out, friend!

Don’t take a long time

To get to your sentence’s end.”

 

Stutterbug was embarrassed

He did not like talking at all.

He stopped sharing his stories

And would not answer a call.

 

But one cloudy day

When few bugs were around,

He heard something above –

He heard a sad sound.

 

It was Baby Bug Caterpillar –

She had climbed up too high.

She looked down from the tree

And had started to cry.

 

Stutterbug looked for other bugs,

But no bug friends were there.

He’d have to be the one to save her

If only he’d dare.

 

He yelled “Ba-Baby Bug Caterpillar

Don’t-Don’t you cry!

I’ll get you some help –

I’ll try- try- try- try!”

 

He ran to the station

And told of Baby Bug’s scare.

His firebug friends put on their gear

They saw her high in the air.

 

They said “Stutterbug,

Talk to her,

Please make her smile!

To reach her up there

Could take quite awhile!”

 

So Stutterbug told her stories

And kept her from tears.

He told jokes and shared thoughts –

He heard the other bugs cheers.

 

And Baby Bug was saved,

And the crowd was so pleased,

Though he’d st-st-stuttered his words

Stutterbug was not teased.

 

For it was a story told by bugs everywhere,

How Stutterbug saved the day

He’d been quick and been brave,

Without any delay.

 

“Stutterbug.” Copyright Janae DeRusso 2012. All rights reserved.

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