“Mama, I want to
go to the toy shop for my birthday,” Douglas said. “Gretel can come
“The toy shop?
All right then. If that's what you want to do we'll go. Come on Gretel.
You're coming with us.” Mama grabbed each of her children's hands and
they walked down the street to Beardley's Toy Shop. Mama opened the door
and Douglas ran inside. Gretel stood by her mama, looking at all the
toys. “Go ahead, Gretel. Go and play.”
airplanes and helicopters hanging from the ceiling. He saw marbles and
robots and blocks. “This is fun, Mama. Can I buy one toy? It is my
“Yes, you can pick one toy. Play with some of them and see what you want
Gretel saw a
doll house and some balls, a rocking horse and a jack-in-the-box. “Can I
have a toy too, Mama?”
Douglas's birthday, Gretel. He gets a toy because it's a special day for
him. You can play with the toys, but you'll have to wait until your
birthday before you can have one.” Mama saw Gretel's pout. “Go and play,
Douglas rode a
red tricycle around and played with a toy car. Gretel stood in the
corner near the window. She didn't want to play with the toys.
“Mama, why is
because it's your birthday and she doesn't get a toy of her own.” Mama
explained to her son.
whispered something into Mama's ear.
“Are you sure,
The boy nodded.
He went over to the dollhouse and picked it up. He carried it to his
mama. “I want to buy this for Gretel. I am having a wonderful day and a
party later on. It's okay if Gretel gets the present instead of me.”
Mama hugged her
boy. “I'm so proud of you. Why don't you go and tell your sister.”
Douglas ran over
to Gretel and grabbed her arm, pulling her to the check out counter.
“Gretel, since it's my birthday, I' m going to buy you a present. I
bought this doll house for you. Do you like it?”
and clapped her hands. “For me? I get a present on your birthday?”
“Yes. I'll get
presents at my party. This is for you.” Douglas handed Gretel the doll
“Thank you for
sharing, Douglas,” Gretel said.
Douglas had all his friends over for a party. He had cake and ice cream
and opened a lot of presents, but Gretel didn't mind at all. She was
happy for him. He'd bought her the dollhouse. She played with it all day
and let Douglas have fun on his birthday.