The Adventures of A.G. Bear
Amanda Grey and her family, and her three best friends, (A.G. Bear, Isadora LeChat and Mrs. Duck) were on their way to visit Amanda's Grandma. Amanda's parents had decided to drive. They decided they would make it a leisurely journey, stopping anyplace along the way that might interest them.
|So far they had visited a combination Antique Store and Flea Market, they had stopped to pick strawberries and then enjoyed a wonderful picnic.|
|They had stayed at very nice motels with chocolate candy on the pillows and they had gone swimming in big motel pools, and at night, they told each other Bedtime-Stories.|
|Yesterday, as they drove, they played the game "I See A Windmill!" and afterwards they looked for cars having license tags with pictures of Manatees on them.|
They stopped driving around mid-afternoon, had a nice dinner, took in an early movie on the TV, and then everybody fell sound asleep.
Today was the fourth morning of their trip. Mrs. Duck was up early, bustling around the motel room, as she re-packed her little suitcase.
|Guess what I just heard Miss Amandas Daddy say were going to do after breakfast today? she announced.|
|Isadora Le Chat was busy washing her face.
She paused for a moment. This is just a wild guess, she said dryly,
But Ill bet were all going to get back into the car and drive
another zillion miles.
|Mrs. Duck looked at Isadora disapprovingly. Sarcasm is so unattractive dear, she scolded. Now seriously, she insisted, Guess what were going to do!. Its quite exciting really!|
|Miss Amanda brushing her hair in front of the mirror had a pony tail band clenched between her teeth, so she just raised her eyebrows inquiringly. Miss Amanda was trying to learn how to put her own hair in pigtails.|
Oblivious to the conversation at hand, A.G. Bear had climbed up on his bed and now stood on the mattress. He gave an experimental bounce and then began to jump in earnest.
|Imnotallowedto dothisat home, he said, between bounces.|
|A.G. Bear, you stop that
Youll break the bed! admonished Mrs. Duck.
OOPS! said A.G. who froze mid-bounce and landed with a jarring thud on his bottom.
But why CAN'T I bounce Mrs. Duck? inquired A.G. plaintively.
Because youre a guest, explained Mrs. Duck. And when youre a guest you always have the same rules that you have at home. Only more so. Because its good manners!. Mrs. Duck nodded with satisfaction at her own explanation.
WHATs good manners? inquired Isadora Le Chat,
returning from the bathroom where she had just gone to hang up the wet towel
she had found lying in a heap on the carpet.
|Treating someone elses home or property just as carefully as you would your own, and treating everybody else the way youd like to be treated yourself, said A.G. Bear, who, to everyones amazement, had quickly grasped the concept.|
Very GOOD, A.G.! said Isadora admiringly. Im so proud of you! Why, you just learned the Golden Rule!
Isadora then continued with what she was doing and started to look around the room. She was puzzled. I can only find three towels in the bathroom, she said. Did somebody forget and leave one out here somewhere?
Not me, said A.G. Bear. I put mine back on the towel rack after I washed my face this morning.
|Nunk Fee, replied Miss Amanda, who was trying to say "Not Me". Amanda was making attempt number seven at a pigtail, and the pony tail band was back between her teeth.|
Isadora turned expectantly to Mrs. Duck, whose cheeks suddenly turned a very bright pink. Uhhhh..... said Mrs. Duck, and she mumbled something about simply having wanted a souvenir of their trip.
Isadora looked at her friend closely. Mrs. Duck looked embarrassed.
Oh, for Petes sake, Mrs. Duck! said Isadora. You didn't? Isadora leaned closer and looked Mrs. Duck right in the eye. You DID! said Isadora, sighing and rolling her eyes heavenward.
|Isadora walked over to Mrs. Ducks small suitcase and flipped open the lid. Sure enough, there was the motels towel, neatly folded, among Mrs. Ducks things.|
Miss Amanda shook her head in disapproval.
A.G. Bear climbed down from the bed and padded over to Mrs. Duck.
We cant take things that arent ours, explained A.G. Bear to Mrs. Duck. Its not good manners, and its against the Golden Rule. You wouldnt want somebody to take YOUR towel, would you?
Mortified, Mrs. Duck shook her head.
Sometimes, even smart ducks do foolish things, she said, sadly.
Isadora reached into the suitcase and lifted out the towel to return it to the bathroom with the others.
As she did, BONK! went a heavy glass object, as it fell
to the floor. It rolled lazily across the carpet, landing at Miss Amandas
feet. Frowning, she reached over and picked it up.
Isadora groaned loudly and put a paw over her eyes.
Missus DUCK!!, scolded everybody.
Im awfully sorry, said Mrs. Duck in a very small voice. Ill never take anything that doesnt belong to me ever, ever again.
Good thinking! said Isadora, emphatically. You could get arrested for stuff like that!
|Sadly, Mrs. Duck nodded in agreement.|
Just then there was a loud knock on the door to Miss Amandas parents room.
Security! announced a booming voice.
Its the towel police!, cried A.G. Bear.
Theyve come to arrest Mrs. Duck!
|Mrs. Duck fell over in a dead faint!|
Here are the A.G.Bear Books in order. Simply click on the name to go to that story.
Tales, The Tea Party
Book -2- No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
Book -3- Chapter Flea
Book -4- Strawberry Fields, Wherever
Book -5- Night-Time Is The Time To Sleep
Book -6- Things That Go Snnaarrrrkk In The Night
Background: The Making of The Adventures of A.G. Bear
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cynthia Gurin lives in South Florida with her husband Bob, a quartet of cats, two dogs, a remarkably wise duck, and a teddy bear or two. She has achieved recognition in both the Miami Herald and The Wall Street Journal for innovative marketing techniques. She considers the Personal Ad, through which she met her husband, to be her most rewarding literary endeavor. She holds a senior corporate position in the real world. Send Mail to Cynthia Gurin
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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Jeff Meyers is a talented writer and a talented illustrator. Jeff makes his home in Ohio. He enjoys writing fiction for all ages and has been drawing and painting all his life. His artwork includes cartoons, illustrations, computer graphics, and still life drawings. When he's not working at his computer, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. Jeff has wonderful examples of both his artistic as well as his writing talent on display throughout Bedtime-Story. Check the Author/Illustrator directory for a complete listing of Jeff Meyers work. Contact Jeff at Jeff@thejeffworks.com or visit his new website: The JEFFWORKS for Creative solutions to your communication needs.