Follow the Leader

Chimpoo has a balloon. It is a BIG balloon! It is a BIG, RED balloon! It is a BIG, RED, ROUND balloon! Chimpoo has a LITTLE dog. His name is Chutku. Chutku loves Chimpoo. Chutku loves to PLAY with Chimpoo. There is a BIG, BLACK cat! Chutku does not like the cat! There is a TINY, GREY mouse. The BIG, BLACK cat does not like the TINY, GREY mouse! Cat loves Chimpoo. Mouse loves Chimpoo. Chimpoo likes the cat. Chimpoo likes the mouse. Chimpoo takes his BIG, RED, ROUND balloon to the park. Chutku goes with him. Cat goes with him. Mouse goes with him. What is Chimpoo doing? He is flying his BIG, RED, ROUND balloon! A butterfly sits on the balloon. The balloon floats in the air. Chimpoo holds the string tightly. The wind is STRONG. It pushes the BIG, RED, ROUND balloon. The RED balloon tugs the string Chimpoo has in his hand. The string pulls Chimpoo. “Help!” yells Chimpoo. “BOW-WOW!” barks Chutku. “I will save you!” Chutku holds onto Chimpoo’s pants! But the wind is very STRONG! The BIG balloon tugs Chimpoo.
“Help!” yells Chimpoo.
“BOW-WOW!” barks Chutku.
“MEOW!” mews Cat. ” I will save you!” Cat holds onto Chutku! But the wind is very STRONG! The BIG, RED balloon pulls Chimpoo.
“Help!” shouts Chimpoo.
“BOW-WOW!” barks Chutku.
“MEOW!” mews cat.
“I will help you!” squeaks mouse. Mouse holds onto cat. But the wind is very STRONG!
“HELP!” shouts Chimpoo. BROWN SLIPPERY earthworm comes out of his hole in the mud in the park. “I will help you!” he says. Earthworm holds onto mouse.

The Wind is very, very STRONG!
The Wind pulls the RED balloon.
The BIG, RED balloon pulls Chimpoo.
Chimpoo pulls Chutku!
Chutku pulls the cat!
Cat pulls the mouse!
Mouse pulls the earthworm! “HELP!” screams Chimpoo.
“I will help ALL of you!” says LITTLE ant! Ant holds onto earthworm. But wind is strong! The BIG, RED balloon pulls Chimpoo!
Chimpoo pulls Chutku!
Chutku pulls cat!
Cat pulls mouse!
Mouse pulls earthworm!
Earthworm pulls ant! Crow is flying in the BLUE sky. Crow sees the butterfly.
“That’s a nice dinner for me!” caws crow. But butterfly is CLEVER! She flys away. Crow is sitting on the balloon. Wind stops blowing. Crow pecks the balloon. POP! The balloon burst! Chimpoo stops running. There is no BIG, RED balloon pulling him.
Chutku bumps into Chimpu.
“BROWCH!” barks Chutku.
Cat bumps into Chutku.
“MEOWCH!” mews cat.
Mouse bumps into cat.
“SQUEAKCH!” squeaks mouse.
Mouse bumps into earthworm.
“EEEECH!” screeches earthworm.
Earthworm bumps into ant.
“OOOOCH!” squeals ant. Chimpoo goes home. He has no balloon to play with. Chutku goes with him.
Cat chases mouse. “How dare you bump into me?” snarls cat. Mouse runs into a hole in a tree. Now mouse is safe from the NASTY cat! Earthworm slithers back into the mud.
He doesn’t want crow to eat him. Ant walks on. He is searching for food. Chimpoo is feeling very sad. He has no balloon to play with. Mother comes.
She gives Chimpoo something. Chimpoo is smiling!
Mother gave him a BIG, BLUE ball!
“BOW WOW!” barks Chutku happily. Now we can play!

By Hema Rao; Illustrations by Shiju George

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