The watermelon patch was always busy in late summer.
As the fruits grew larger, more and more animals visited it in hopes of
finding the perfect watermelon. It didn't matter how big it was, or how
hollow it sounded. The only thing that mattered was how sweet it smelled
and how juicy it tasted.
A bear cub happened to be exploring his new
surroundings and saw all the animals at the watermelon patch. He
listened to them talk and ran home to ask his mama about it. She told
him that in a few days she'd take him there and he could pick out one
just for himself. Noggy was excited. He'd never tasted watermelon
The day arrived and Noggy and his mama headed for the
patch. A lot of other animals were there with their mamas and papas,
looking for the perfect watermelon.
The gopher family picked out a large green melon with
light green stripes. It was so big that it took all of them to carry it.
Noggy watched as they bit into it. Red juice ran out. The baby gophers
quickly lapped it up as mama gopher dug further into the melon. She
popped her head out and was covered with red flesh. The gophers giggled
and then climbed inside with her. They devoured the melon in minutes.
Noggy wanted a melon that smelled that sweet and
tasted juicy. He found one that looked perfect to him. Mama helped him
carry it out of the garden. “We'll eat ours here, out of the way. The
garden is far too crowded and if Mrs. Gilbertson comes out and finds
them eating her melons, she'll take a broom and chase them out and then
they won't have any melons.”
Noggy agreed and they took their melon into the
woods. Mama picked up a rock and hit the melon. It burst in half. Red
juice went flying all over Noggy's face. He licked his lips. “It tastes
sweet, Mama. Can I eat some?” Mama nodded and Noggy ate a huge piece of
melon. “You have some too, Mama.”
Once she knew her cub was full, she ate some. “That
was the sweetest watermelon I've every had.”
“And the juiciest,” Noggy added. With a bulging
tummy, Noggy curled up against his mama and fell asleep, dreaming of the
juiciest watermelon in the patch.