Mom packed an outing bag with crackers, diapers, Eva’s medicine, and her camera. It was a nice day outside and Mom was taking everyone to the zoo.
Eva packed her own outing bag. She packed a notebook, some crayons, some tissues, and a Zoobook about lions. She’d been reading about lions and wanted to show the pictures to the lions at the zoo.
The first thing they saw at the zoo was the statues of the lions. They looked at their faces and talked about how different they were.
“Lions have funny noses. Like triangle noses.”
“Yes, their noses are different. Do you see anything that’s the same?”
“They have nostrils like us.”
“Do they have boogers?”
“I don’t know. Probably.”
Eva pulled her Zoobook out of her outing bag. She also pulled out a Curious George book about the zoo she packed for her brother. They consulted their books.
“Why are there tigers in my lion book?”
“That’s a Zoobook about big cats. Lions are a type of big cat.”
“I’m allergic to cats. Am I allergic to lions?”
“So I can’t pet them?”
“No. There are many reasons why you can’t pet lions.”
“Well, Calvin can pet the lion. He’s not allergic.”
“Nobody is allowed to pet the lion.”
Eva sighs. “Ok, but you have to tell him because he was really looking forward to it.”
“Lions like to eat giraffes.”
“Yes they do.”
“Are they going to eat any giraffes today?”
“No, they don’t let these lions eat giraffes.”
“Why not? There are giraffes right over there.”
“Those giraffes don’t want to be eaten.”
“I bet the giraffe in my book didn’t want to be eaten. Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do.”
“There he goes. Look out, giraffes!”