Jenna loved her grandmother.
They did a lot of things together. Some days they went shopping
and Grandmother bought Jenna new clothes. Other days they went to
the zoo, or to get an ice cream. Sometimes they went to the cinema
and watched a movie. Whatever they did, they always had fun.
Jenna's birthday was coming
up in two days. Her grandmother had already invited her to spend
the day with her. She was taking Jenna to the zoo. Jenna was so
excited she could hardly wait. Her mum and dad were glad
Grandmother and Jenna got along so well. It made them happy to see
the two of them together.
Grandmother took the bus to
Jenna's house and then they took another bus to the zoo. "Before
we go inside, Jenna, I want to give you a birthday present." She
handed Jenna a box.
When Jenna opened it she was
surprised. "Gold earrings. They're beautiful. Thank you,
"They belonged to my
grandmother and now I'm giving them to you. I hope you'll pass
them on to your granddaughter some day."
"I will. Thank you." Jenna
took them out of the box and put them in her ears.
"They looks pretty on you.
That's because you're a pretty girl." Grandmother kissed Jenna on
the cheek. "Let's go and see the monkeys."
They stopped and saw the
hippos, the elephants, the crocodiles and the polar bears. When
they reached the monkey house, Jenna started imitating the monkeys
by scratching her head. She felt her ear. "Oh no! One of my
earrings is missing, Grandmother. Where is it?" Jenna cried and
looked all over. "I can't see it. Oh no!"
"Don't cry, Jenna. We'll
They walked back the way
they'd come, looking on the ground. They stopped at the polar
bears, but there was no sign of the missing earring. They stopped
by the crocodiles, the elephants and the hippos. "It's lost,
Grandmother. It's gone forever. I lost your earrings! I'm so
sorry." Jenna sat on a bench and sobbed. Grandmother sat next to
her and put her arms around her.
A little boy came walking
past. He stopped and stared at Jenna and her grandmother. "Can I
help you, little boy?" Grandmother smiled at him.
"I was looking at that girl
who is crying. She's only got one earring. I found this." He
handed Grandmother the missing earring.
"You found it? You found my
earring! Thank you. Now this is the happiest birthday I've ever
had." Jenna hugged her grandmother.
"For being such a good
little boy and finding the earring, why don't you and your mum
come with us and we'll buy you an ice cream for a reward,"
They spent the afternoon
together eating ice cream with strawberry topping and lots of nuts
and whipped cream. Jenna laughed and had a very happy birthday
with her grandmother.