Sachi, a little snake, is feeling irritatble today and snaps at his friends. With a little help from Dragon, Sachi learns he is just growing up!

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed our new story, “Colorful Crayons” this week. Now, welcome to Favorite Friday! Sometimes we like to listen to our favorites again. Please enjoy “Growing Up” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 11:05

Narrator: Male

Growing Up Excerpt:

A calm breeze circled Sachi Snake, and the little snake sighed. Slowly, Sachi slipped through the flowers and leaves, looking for a place to rest.  The little snake looked a bit faded.  His usual deep green appeared a bit gray.  The patterns on his skin had disappeared.  His bright yellow stripe looked white.  Even the sparkle in his eyes seemed clouded over.

As Sachi searched, he heard a cheerful voice.

“Hi Sachi!”  It was Freddie Frog hopping alongside of him.  “How are you?”

Sachi stopped and said flatly, “Hi Freddie.  Ehh, I’m OK I guess.”

“Hi, Freddie! Hi Sachi!”  Tad and Tanner had hopped up. Once he could see everyone’s lips, Tad said. “We’re on our way to the pond. Want to come?”  Tad watched for their responses.  Freddie looked right at Tad and said, “That sounds like fun!  What do you think Sachi?”

Sachi turned his head away, and mumbled, “No thanks.”

“Sachi, Tad can’t hear you. It helps to look at him when you talk, so he knows what you said.” Tanner reminded the little snake.

So Sachi turned towards Tad and said, “The pond is cold and slimy.  I’d rather do something else.”  And with that, the little snake hurried away.

Tad, Tanner, and Freddie felt surprised. Their friend usually acted friendly.  They wondered what was wrong with Sachi as they hopped off to the pond.  Sachi wondered what was wrong too.  He felt itchy and uncomfortable.

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