Will they kick me out of school, said Ditto, if I fail the Dibels test? No, said Virginia, they’ll put you in an intervention class an hour a day until you pass the test. What if I never pass? Then you’ll be in intervention forever, said Virginia. Isn’t there any way, said Ditto, I can get kicked out of school?
The Dibels tests are tomorrow, said Virginia. Dibels? said Ditto. Yes, said Viriginia, the test that decides if you will be a failure or a success. A failure, said Ditto, in first grade? Yes, said Virginia. That’s crazy, said Ditto, I’m too young to die.
Your assignment, said the teacher, is to draw an apple.
No, no, no big-nose! I said an apple! Just an apple!
Hello, said Virginia, my name is Virginia.
Hello, said Ditto. Would you like a hay sandwich?
Bonny told me Ditto started school, said Blurtso. I wonder if his first day was as exciting as my first day at Harvard…
O.k., said the teacher, who would like to try this one? How about you in the second row, the one with the boxing-glove nose…