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Alexis Marie Anderson
Helps Elmo count
Lots of Love,
Mommy and Daddy
~ 2015 ~
Everyone was ready for the big hike through the park but him.
Alexis Marie Anderson,
age 3, from
Norfolk, Virginia, found Elmo sitting sadly on the steps of 123
matter, Elmo?” asked Alexis, swinging a
Elmo sighed. “Elmo is
supposed to bring 10 sandwiches on the hike, but Elmo isn’t good at counting
I’ll help you,” said Alexis. “Mommy,
Daddy, and Lauryn always help me when I need it. That’s what friends
from Alexis, the sandwiches were soon ready
and everyone set off on the hike. As they walked, they heard a loud growl.
yelped Bert. “Bears!”
laughed. “Nope. That’s just my tummy telling me it’s time for a snack.”
His tummy growled again.
“Who has the
backpack?” asked Alexis. “There are snacks
one backpack,” said Elmo, as Big Bird pulled some apples from the pack.
“Yum, yum, two apples. One for Elmo and one for Ernie’s hungry tummy.”
The path led
to a wide stream. “Watch me!” shouted Prairie Dawn. “I won’t get wet.”
She jumped across the brook on some stones.
you count the stones?” asked Alexis.
Three stones.” Elmo hopped across. Hop, hop, hop.
pop! Three heads popped out of the water. “Look, Elmo,” laughed
Alexis. “Those stones were really turtles!”
count turtles, too!” said Elmo. “One, two, three!”
In a sunny
spot beside the brook, Alexis spotted
something else for Elmo to count. “Take a look at those bumps on the log,”
One, two, three, four lumpy bumps on a log,” counted Elmo. “Four bumps that
look like…” Ribbit, ribbit, croak, croak! The four bumps jumped away.
Alexis grinned. “Four lumpy frogs like
bumps on a log! Mommy, Daddy,
and Lauryn would sure like to see those funny frogs.”
reached a bright green meadow, everyone ran and played in the long grass.
“I spy five things, Elmo,” said Alexis.
“Can you guess what they are?”
What?” said Elmo. “Elmo sees lots of things.”
you a hint,” said Alexis. “The five things
I see are little and green and squiggle a lot.”
will look for five little green things that squiggle.”
Alexis! Elmo saw five little green,
squiggly caterpillars,” shouted Elmo.
getting very good at counting, Elmo,” said
“Listen, can you hear the knocks?”
Tap! Elmo listened carefully. Tap! Tap! Tap! “Elmo hears six knocks.”
Alexis. “See, high in the tree, six birds
friends hiked to a small waterfall.
picked up a shiny pebble and tossed it into the pool beneath the falls. It
landed with a mighty splash. KERPLUNK!
gathered seven stones. But before he could pitch the first pebble, some
fish popped up and yelled, “Hey, cut that out!”
“Whoops! Sorry, you
guys.” Alexis gulped. “Uh, how many fish
do you see, Elmo?”
said Elmo. “Eight ANGRY fish. Let’s get out of here!”
“Do you want
to play a game?” said
Alexis as they hiked
through some tall pine trees. “Let’s see who can find the most pine cones.”
the hardest. He found more than all the others.
nine! Nine pine cones.” Elmo groaned. “Help! Elmo can’t carry nine pine
worry, we’ll help you plant them so they’ll grow into trees,” said
Alexis. “Nine pine trees are almost a
everyone was hungry. Alexis picked a picnic
spot and said, “Let’s eat!” Big Bird poured the lemonade. Ernie and Bert
passed out cookies. Prairie Dawn unpacked grapes. “My tummy’s hungry
again,” said Ernie. “Where are the sandwiches, Elmo? I hope you brought a
Alexis made ten sandwiches,” said Elmo. He
counted them out slowly. “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,
sandwiches sure is a lot,” said Ernie, munching happily.
“Congratulations, Elmo,” said
“Today you counted one backpack, two apples, three turtles, four frogs, five
caterpillars, six birds, seven pebbles, eight fish, nine pine cones, and ten
sandwiches, all by yourself.”
is right,” Elmo said. “Elmo DID count all that.”
Alexis smiled. “It’ll be fun telling
Mommy, Daddy, and Lauryn about the fun stuff
I counted when I get home to Norfolk, Virginia.”
tell them one more funny thing Elmo counted,” giggled Elmo. “Look,
Alexis! One sandwich being carried away by
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