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TITLE: Penelope and the LMNOPs
By TErry Hamer
11/09/06
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Target audience young readers.
Penelope
And the LMNOPs
by Professor Goodheart, 2006
wordcount: 645

All is abuzz in Mrs. Gaboozles’ home room

Oh, it seems Penelope’s been at it again.

Mrs. Gaboozle can’t teach the alphabet,

With all of the letters but N!

Mr. Cecil B. Crumbly is missing even more letters

As he tries to teach his ABC’s

You can’t spell “noodle” or “poodle” or even “fiddle-dee-doodle”,

Without the LMNO’s or P’s.

PENELOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cried the teachers with frustration…

For they knew she was responsible somehow

Where did you hide all the LMNOP’s?

PLEASE BRING THEM BACK HERE RIGHT NOW!

Well, Penelope fought to hold in her giggles,

As she ran out the door, down the stairs.

Her bag so full of all of the letters

They dropped out of her knapsack in pairs.

Now, without LMN’s, O’s, or P’s

Many things started to erase

To Penelope’s surprise

Things popped out of sight,

And a look of great fear filled her face.


All around her, things “Poppled” and “Fizzed”

And “Whiffled” and “Ziffed”

Right out of sight they quickly disappeared!

What a Fazoozle, cried Mrs. Gaboozle,

it is worse than what we had feared!

“Poof” went Linda’s lovely Pajamas

“Whiff”went Farmer Lackaby’s Llamas

With a very loud Pop!

Nana’s cupboards were bare

And her and her yummy gumdrops

Were nowhere,

not here, and

not there…

OH DEAR, cried Penelope.

OH MY OH DEAR!

What else, I pray, will disappear?

At Mr. Yoki’s store,

things disappeared from the shelves galore

“Ziff” went the lemons, mangos, and melons

“Whiff’ went the bananas pickles and pears.

Poor Mr. Yoki, riddled with grief

scratched his head with disbelief

Boy was he shocked and scared!


With a “Zip” and a “Zap” at the Piggledy Zoo,

as the animals were doing what they dooly-doo-do,

The pigs and monkeys were manic

And started to snort, shriek and panic,

As they began to disappear too!

OH DEAR, cried Penelope.

OH MY, OH GEE

what would the world be without the letters

LMN or P?

No Peanut Butter Sundae’s.

No Movies or Mondays…

Say good-bye to the Man on the Moon…

Hmmmmmm

All of a sudden, in great surprise

Penelope’s face turned ghostly white

and with a growing look of fear in her eyes....

she shrieked:

“WITHOUT LMNOP’s,

THERE WOULD BE NO PENELOPES!”

Penelope cried, and felt all empty inside.

She found herself afraid and all alone.

She created a cunundrum of trouble

By taking what wasn’t her own.


Penelope knew

There was only one thing to do

Before she herself dissipated

She ran and ran

Back to the school

To right the great wrong she created.

“I’m soooo sorry” Cried Penelope.

“I’ve been a very bad girl, and a fool!

I’ve taken all the LMN’s, Os and Ps

Please help me bring them back to the school!”

So, Mrs. Gaboozle,

with faith and forgiveness and the

loveliest of teacherly grace, said,

“With your apology, and by the tears on your face,

I can see that you’ve learned your lesson,

Miss Penelope

To make it better you must race to replace,

Each and every L, M, N, O, and P”

With not a minute to spare

With Miss Gaboozle still there

She reached the last letter up high.

And…….

“whoosh” back came the llamas, tall and proud.

“Kabam”, in crashed in the monkeys, monkeying around.


“Pop” in-came Mr. Yoki’s mangos, melons, and pears

He smiled a huge smile

as he watched his licorice and lemons

and his popsicles and pickles re-appear.

Nana’s yummy gumdrops,

The Man on the Moon

The Noodles, Fiddle-dee-doodles,

Farmer Lackaby’s llamas, and

Lynda’s Lovely Pajamas.

All reappeared in their usual places

And what Penelope learned was most important to reappear

was not the things or the stuff or the places…

“What I liked best”, said Penelope

“By being good, saying sorry, and making things right,

I saw smiles come back to your faces!!!!”

Professor Goodheart, 2006
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