Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

By Betty G. Birney

After the vacations, Humphrey is stunned by means of a tremendous shock in Room 26-a new classification puppy! Humphrey attempts to be welcoming, yet Og the frog does not reply to any of his pleasant squeaks or visits (remember, he has a lock-that-doesn't-lock). Plus, the scholars are so attracted to Og, they nearly cease taking note of Humphrey altogether. Humphrey does not just like the mad-bad-sad emotions he is had considering that Og got here, yet fortunately he nonetheless will get to have adventures with assorted little ones at the weekends.  Friendship could be tough, yet Humphrey is an intrepid problem-solver. If any hamster can turn into pals with a frog, he can.

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But there was another sound: the crickets. So they were alive after all! Og would have to eat noisy food. My Nutri-Nibbles and Mighty Mealworms didn’t make a sound until I crunched down on them. ” Apparently, they were nocturnal, like me. It was going to be a long night with noisy crickets and a silent frog. I hopped on my wheel and tried to spin my irritation away. It didn’t work. ” Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and essayist 3 Sad-Mad-Bad I ’ll tell you how the whole week went: TERRIBLE-TERRIBLE-TERRIBLE!

Neither did I, for that matter. I grabbed the tiny notebook and pencil from behind my mirror. Ms. Mac gave them to me. No one in Room 26 knew about them. No one knew I could read and write. Writing helps me sort out my thoughts. And I had a lot of thoughts rolling around my brain that night—not all of them nice. I scribbled away for several hours and Og was pretty quiet, except for some annoying splashing. Goodness, I can manage to groom myself and get a drink of water without making that much noise!

I decided to squeak up. “Obnoxious! ” I yelled. I almost said “Unfriendly,” but it doesn’t begin with an O. No one seemed to hear me. ’s. ” asked Seth, jumping up out of his seat. “Sit-Still-Seth. ” Mrs. Brisbane wrote the word on the board. Silent H—no fair! I’ll have to watch out for that one. ” suggested Art. “What do you think, class? ” Some students nodded their heads. Nobody nodded harder than me. ” the teacher asked Kirk. “Maybe ‘oddball’ fits him better,” Kirk said, smiling. Everybody seemed to like the answer and I was not about to disagree.

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