Wylie, the worm, always frowned. He
never smiled. All the other worms were happy and had huge grins on their
faces. One sunny morning the worms were outside wriggling about on the
ground. "That sunshine feels wonderful," Wendy said.
"Thereís nothing like a blue sky to
make you feel happy," Willie said.
"Look at the flowers. Arenít they
beautiful?" Walter added.
Wylie looked at the blue sky and the
flowers. He thought they were beautiful, but he still didnít smile.
"Wylie, why do you always frown? Why
arenít you happy like the rest of us?" Wendy asked.
Wylie hung his head low and inched
away from Wendy without answering her question. "Iíve got a good idea.
Letís try to get Wylie to laugh. Heís always frowning! I know thereís
something that will make him happy," Willie suggested.
"Thatís a good idea. Why donít you
go first? You try to make Wylie laugh," Walter said.
Willie found Wylie sulking near a
pebble. He called, "Look, Wylie. Watch me!" Willie picked up three
roly-poly bugs and started to juggle them. All the other worms thought it
was great. They started to laugh and clap, but Wylie didnít think it was
very funny and inched away. "That didnít work very well," Willie said to
Wendy and Walter.
"Iíll try," Wendy said. She found
Wylie hiding under a daffodilís trumpet. She picked the flower and put it
on her head and started to dance around. "Look at me, Wylie. Donít you
think I look funny?" All the other worms thought Wendy looked funny. They
clapped and laughed, but Wylie didnít think it was funny and inched away.
"That didnít work either," Walter
said. "Itís my turn now. I think I can get Wylie to smile." He found Wylie
near an anthill. "Iíve got a great idea." Walter picked up ten ants and
put them on his head. He did a little dance. All the ants fell off into
the dirt. The other worms started to laugh. So did the ants. "Hey, Wylie,
that was funny. Why arenít you laughing?" Walter asked. Wylie didnít think
it was funny and inched away.
One of the younger worms, Wanda,
came over to Wendy. "I know how to cheer Wylie up. See how we are all
brown and boring? Iíll bet if we painted ourselves bright colors, it would
cheer him up."
"Thatís a great idea, Wanda. Letís
do it," Walter said. He gathered all the worms around and they painted
themselves yellow, green, red, purple, and blue. "Wow! We look great.
Thatís very funny."
"Wylie! Wylie! Come and see what
weíve done," Wanda called. Wylie didnít think it was very funny. He didnít
laugh. "I canít believe you arenít laughing. I think we should paint you
Willie and Walter grabbed Wylie and
painted him orange. The paintbrush started to tickle Wylie. He started to
giggle. "Stop that," he said. They painted him again. "Stop that. It
tickles. Hee, hee, hee." Wylie started to laugh. He laughed so hard and so
loud that all the other worms came over to see.
"Is that Wylie laughing?"
"Wylie? Is that you laughing?
"I canít believe Wylie is laughing!"
Wylie laughed, and laughed, and
laughed. He inched over to the pond and looked at his and the otherís
reflections in the water. He rolled around on the ground laughing.
"Finally, we got Wylie to laugh."
"Does that mean we have to stay this
way, all painted up with orange, yellow, green, blue, and red paint?"
"If that keeps Wylie happy, then
YES!" Willie said.
From then on whenever Wylie looked
at his reflection in the pond, or saw the other worms, he started to
laugh. He was happy and so was everyone else.