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    Uncle Wiggily's Adventures by Howard R. Garis Uncle Wiggily's Adventures by Howard R. Garis    

Chapter 1: Uncle Wiggily Starts Off

Performer: LibriVox - Daryl Wor


Uncle Wiggily Longears, the nice old gentleman rabbit, hopped out of bed one morning and started to go to the window, to see if the sun was shining. But, no sooner had he stepped on the floor, than he cried out: "Oh! Ouch! Oh, dear me and a potato pancake! Oh, I believe I stepped on a tack! Sammie Littletail must have left it there! How careless of him!"

You see this was the same Uncle Wiggily, of whom I have told you in the Bedtime Books-the very same Uncle Wiggily. He was an Uncle to Sammie and Susie Littletail, the rabbit children, and also to Billie and Johnnie Bushytail, the squirrel boys, and to Alice and Lulu and Jimmie Wibblewobble, the duck children, and I have written for you, books about all those characters. Now I thought I would write something just about Uncle Wiggily himself, though of course I'll tell you what all his nephews and nieces did, too.

Well, when Uncle Wiggily felt that sharp pain, he stood still for a moment, and wondered what could have happened.

"Yes, I'm almost sure it was a tack," he said. "I must pick it up so no one else will step on it."

So Uncle Wiggily looked on the floor, but there was no tack there, only some crumbs from a sugar cookie that Susie Littletail had been eating the night before, when her uncle had told her a go-to-sleep story.

"Oh, I know what it was; it must have been my rheumatism that gave me the pain!" said the old gentleman rabbit as he looked for his red, white and blue crutch, striped like a barber pole. He found it under the bed, and then he managed to limp to the window. Surely enough, the sun was shining.

"I'll certainly have to do something about this rheumatism," said Uncle Wiggily as he carefully shaved himself by looking in the glass. "I guess I'll see Dr. Possum."

So after breakfast, when Sammie and Susie had gone to school, Dr. Possum was telephoned for, and he called to see Uncle Wiggily.

"Ha! Hum!" exclaimed the doctor, looking very wise. "You have the rheumatism very bad, Mr. Longears."

"Why, I knew that before you came," said the old gentleman rabbit, blinking his eyes. "What I want is something to cure it."

"Ha! Hum!" said Dr. Possum, again looking very wise. "I think you need a change of air. You must travel about. Go on a journey, get out and see strange birds, and pick the pretty flowers. You don't get exercise enough."

"Exercise enough!" cried Uncle Wiggily. "Why, my goodness me sakes alive and a bunch of lilacs! Don't I play checkers almost every night with Grandfather Goosey Gander?"

"That is not enough," said the doctor, "you must travel here and there, and see things."

"Very well," said Uncle Wiggily, "then I will travel. I'll pack my valise at once, and I'll go off and seek my fortune, and maybe, on the way, I can lose this rheumatism."

So the next day Uncle Wiggily started out with his crutch, and his valise packed full of clean clothes, and something in it to eat.

"Oh, we are very sorry to have you go, dear uncle," said Susie Littletail, "but we hope you'll come back good and strong."

"Thank you," said Uncle Wiggily, as he kissed the two rabbit children and their mamma, and shook hands with Papa Littletail. Then off the old gentleman bunny hopped with his crutch.

Well, he went along for quite a distance, over the hills, and down the road, and through the woods, and, as the sun got higher and warmer, his rheumatism felt better.

"I do believe Dr. Possum was right!" said Uncle Wiggily. "Traveling is just the thing for me," and he felt so very jolly that he whistled a little tune about a peanut wagon, which roasted lemonade, and boiled and frizzled Easter eggs that Mrs. Cluk-Cluk laid.

"Ha! Where are you going?" suddenly asked a voice, as Uncle Wiggily finished the tune.

"I'm going to seek my fortune," replied Uncle Wiggily. "Who are you, pray?"

"Oh, I'm a friend of yours," said the voice, and Uncle Wiggily looked all around, but he couldn't discover anyone.

"But where are you?" the puzzled old gentleman rabbit wanted to know. "I can't see you."

"No, and for a very good reason," answered the voice. "You see I have very weak eyes, and if I came out in the sun, without my smoked glasses on, I might get blind. So I have to hide down in this hollow stump."

"Then put on your glasses and come out where I can see you," invited the old gentleman rabbit, and all the while he was trying to remember where he had heard that voice before. At first he thought it might be Grandfather Goosey Gander, or Uncle Butter, the goat, yet it didn't sound like either of them.

"I have sent my glasses to the store to be fixed, so I can't wear them and come out," went on the voice. "But if you are seeking your fortune I know the very place where you can find it."

"Where?" asked Uncle Wiggily, eagerly.

"Right down in this hollow stump," was the reply. "There are all kinds of fortunes here, and you may take any kind you like Mr. Longears."

"Ha! That is very nice," thought the rabbit. "I have not had to travel far before finding my fortune. I wonder if there is a cure for rheumatism in that stump, too?" So he asked about it.

"Of course, your rheumatism can be cured in here," came the quick answer. "In fact, I guarantee to cure any disease-measles, chicken-pox, mumps and even toothache. So if you have any friends you want cured send them to me."

"I wish I could find out who you were," spoke the rabbit. "I seem to know your voice, but I can't think of your name."

"Oh, you'll know me as soon as you see me," said the voice. "Just hop down inside this hollow stump, and your fortune is as good as made, and your rheumatism will soon be gone. Hop right down."

Well, Uncle Wiggily didn't like the looks of the black hole down inside the stump, and he peered into it to see what he could see, but it was so black that all he could make out was something like a lump of coal.

"Well, Dr. Possum said I needed to have a change of scene, and some adventures," said the rabbit, "so I guess I'll chance it. I'll go down, and perhaps I may find my fortune."

Then, carefully holding his crutch and his satchel, Uncle Wiggily hopped down inside the stump. He felt something soft, and furry, and fuzzy, pressing close to him, and at first he thought he had bumped into Dottie or Willie Lambkin.

But then, all of a sudden, a harsh voice cried out: "Ha! Now I have you! I was just wishing someone would come along with my dinner, and you did! Get in there, and see if you can find your fortune, Uncle Wiggily!" And with that what should happen but that big, black bear, who had been hiding in the stump, pushed Uncle Wiggily into a dark closet, and locked the door! And there the poor rabbit was, and the bear was getting ready to eat him up.

But don't worry, I'll find a way to get him out, and in case we have ice cream pancakes for supper I'll tell you, in the next story, how Uncle Wiggily got out of the bear's den, and how he went fishing-I mean Uncle Wiggily went fishing, not the bear.

    Uncle Wiggily's Adventures by Howard R. Garis Uncle Wiggily's Adventures by Howard R. Garis    

Chapter 1: Uncle Wiggily Starts Off

Performer: LibriVox - Daryl Wor

Directions

Study the story for one week.

Over the week:

  • Read or listen to the story multiple times.
  • Review the synopsis.
  • Study the vocabulary words.
  • Discuss the review questions.
  • Complete the enrichment activities.

Synopsis

Uncle Wiggily Longears is a nice old gentleman rabbit. Uncle Wiggily's rheumatism gives him pain, so Dr. Possum comes to examine him. Dr. Possum advises him to travel and get some exercise. Uncle Wiggily says goodbye to his niece and nephew, Sammie and Susie Littletail, packs his valise, grabs his red, white, and blue-striped barber pole crutch, and sets off to find his fortune. As Uncle Wiggily walks through the woods, a voice tells him to come into a hollow stump. The voice claims Uncle Wiggily will find his fortune and a cure for rheumatism down in the black hole of the stump. Uncle Wiggily jumps down into the stump and is trapped in a closet by a black bear that wants to eat him up for dinner.

New Words

Rheumatism: Any disease marked by inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, or fibrous tissue, especially rheumatoid arthritis.
Possum: A tree-dwelling Australasian marsupial that typically has a prehensile (capable of grasping) tail.
Valise: A small traveling bag or suitcase.
Barber Pole: A pole painted with spiraling red and white stripes and hung outside barbershops as a business sign.
Crutch: A long stick with a crosspiece at the top, used as a support under the armpit by a lame person (or a nice old gentleman rabbit).
Fortune: Chance or luck as an external, arbitrary force affecting human affairs.

Word definitions in this document derived from Google Search 'define'.

Enrichment

Activity 1: Recite the Book Information

  • Before and after reading or listening to the story, recite aloud the name of the author, the title of the book, and the title of the chapter.

Activity 2: Narrate the Story

  • After reading or listening to the story, narrate the events of the story aloud in your own words.

Activity 3: Draw the Story

  • Draw Uncle Wiggily, his valise, and his red, white, and blue-striped barber pole crutch.

Activity 4: Model the Story

Make your own bunny ears and hop like a bunny.

  • Cut out two long 1-inch strips of construction paper and glue or tape them together at the short end.
  • Color or decorate the long strip.
  • Cut out two bunny ears from the construction paper and decorate them.
  • Glue or tape the bunny ears to the long strip.
  • Wrap the long strip around the wearer's head to estimate the proper size.
  • Glue or tape the long strip into a circle.
  • Wear the bunny ears and hop about.
  • See below an image for reference.

Review Questions

Question 1

Why does Uncle Wiggily call Dr. Possum?
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Answer 1

Uncle Wiggily calls Dr. Possum because his rheumatism pains him.
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Question 2

What does Dr. Possum advise Uncle Wiggily to do?
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Answer 2

Dr. Possum advises Uncle Wiggily to travel and get more exercise.
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Question 3

What does Uncle Wiggily take with him on his journey?
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Answer 3

Uncle Wiggily takes his valise and his red, white, and blue-striped barber pole crutch.
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Question 4

What does Uncle Wiggily hope to find on his journey?
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Answer 4

Uncle Wiggily hopes to find his fortune.
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Question 5

What happens when Uncle Wiggily jumps into the dark hole of the stump?
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Answer 5

A black bear locks him in a closet.
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  1. Why does Uncle Wiggily call Dr. Possum? Uncle Wiggily calls Dr. Possum because his rheumatism pains him.
  2. What does Dr. Possum advise Uncle Wiggily to do? Dr. Possum advises Uncle Wiggily to travel and get more exercise.
  3. What does Uncle Wiggily take with him on his journey? Uncle Wiggily takes his valise and his red, white, and blue-striped barber pole crutch.
  4. What does Uncle Wiggily hope to find on his journey? Uncle Wiggily hopes to find his fortune.
  5. What happens when Uncle Wiggily jumps into the dark hole of the stump? A black bear locks him in a closet.