Clickety-clack. Clickety-clack. The train was speeding through the
countryside. Jackson David Walters, of
Virginia, listened to the sound of the train tracks below
Jack was excited because
he had been invited to spend the day on a
farm. It was going to be a wonderful adventure!
just wish Taylor and Mia could be here, too,”
first stop Jack made was a field where goats
and sheep were munching on the grass.
“H-e-e-llo,” bleated the goat.
can talk!” shouted Jack.
“Ye-e-e-es,” answered the goat. “And we eat just about anything, including
“Yuck, that sounds terrible,” said Jack.
sheep came up to Jack and said, “Soon we’re
going to have our wool shaved off so people can make clothes out of it. But
it won’t hurt. If feels just like when you get a haircut.”
then the sound of squeals filled the air.
ran over to a mother pig and her babies.
“Wow,” said Jack. “Nine baby pigs! That’s
“Oink, oink. It sure is,” agreed Mrs. Pig. “And they’re all hungry! Stop
crowding, children. There’s plenty for everyone.”
Pig smiled and said, “Did you know that pigs are often the smartest animals
on a farm?”
ma’am, I didn’t,” said Jack. “But thank you
for telling me.”
Jack heard the sound of someone fighting
nearby. He ran over to investigate.
“Quack, quack, said a duck. “That seed belongs to me!”
“Cluck, cluck,” said a chicken. “The farmer left it here for me!”
“Don’t fight,” said Jack with a laugh.
“There’s plenty for everyone!” So
into the seed bag and tossed lots more grain to the hungry chickens and
Jack decided to take a fishing break, but
the sky was getting a little dark.
He put down
his fishing pole and said to a friendly dog,
“There’s a storm coming. I must warn all the animals and take them back to
dog looked up at the clouds and agreed, “Woof, woof. Let’s go tell the
all the animals were happy and dry in the barn.
Jack held a kitten in
his lap which
was purring as it licked his hand.
“Meow, meow. Thanks to you, Jack, all the
animals are safe and sound, purred the kitten. “That was fast thinking to
bring the animals back to the barn.”
Before too long, the storm ended and the sky became a beautiful blue color
sun came out and was shining. Jack was
feeling very warm and happy as he went skipping
into the field. He saw a farmer on a tractor
working in a hayfield.
school we learned that farmers harvest hay during the summer and store it in
a barn so the cows and horses would have food during the winter,” said
Suddenly a herd of horses galloped past.
quickly jumped out of their way. One horse stopped right next to
“Neigh, neigh. Thank you for helping all the farm animals during the
storm,” said the horse. “Jump up and let me take you for a ride!”
Jack hopped on the horse’s back, and away
they rode over the hill.
wish Taylor and Mia could see me right now,”
Towards the end of the day, there was just one more chore left.
Jack ran to watch the final roundup of the
“Moo-oo-ove out of the way! A huge cow bellowed as
Jack opened the corral gate.
you were such a big help today that we’d like you to spend the night camping
with us,” said the farmer.
sounds great,” said Jack.
farmer made a call to Virginia Beach, Virginia
and got permission for Jack to stay.
the animals of the wood looked on as Jack
and the farmer set up camp. They laughed when a startled night owl
whistled, “Whoo, whoo, who’s there?”
night approached, Jack and the farmer
roasted marshmallows and told ghost stories. Before too long, it was
morning and time to go home to see
Taylor and Mia.
sure wish you could stay longer and help us out,” said the farmer.
“Thanks,” said Jack. “But I’ve got to go
back to Virginia Beach, Virginia. I promise
I’ll come back again and visit soon!”