Bells, Homework Smells
By Diane de Groat
Why put off till tomorrow what you should be doing today, as the old
saying goes. Unfortunately, Gilbert learns that lesson the hard way. Procrastination doesn't pay off.
Gilbert is normally a good student. When his teacher, Mrs Byrd, assigns
her students to draw a picture of their favorite character from a book. Gilbert figures that he has all weekend to complete it. However, when he
returns home, he finds his mother and sister making Christmas cookies and
he doesn't want to miss out on the fun. On Saturday, Gilbert's friend
Patty invites him to go ice skating with her. On Sunday, his family goes
to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. After decorating the tree, Father
reads "The Night Before Christmas" to the family. Poor Gilbert realizes
on Monday morning that his assignment is still undone. He fakes being
sick not fooling his mother, and he sure doesn't want to miss out on
playing in the snow.
Of course, it is always someone else's fault for not doing what should be
done. Gilbert blames his sister for taking too long to pick out a tree.
He blames Patty for wanting to go ice skating. However, Patty managed to complete her assignment.
Mrs. Byrd is very disappointed in him. He and a poor student, Lewis, had
made a snowman outside and try to say that creating a storybook character is better than drawing one. Mrs. Byrd is not impressed!
However, she gives Lewis and Gilbert a chance to redo the assignment. As soon as he
gets home, Gilbert completes his assignment by drawing the well-known character in "The Night Before Christmas."
With the colorful, simple pictures and entertaining storyline, children
can learn a valuable lesson in responsibility.