by Margo Fallis
Stories for Younger Children
Which Way is Up?
Jimmy Jellyfish lived in the sea,
way down deep. There were a lot of other jellyfish and other fish of all
sizes. Jimmy had long tentacles that dangled under him. He used them to
catch tiny shrimp and food for lunch. His big, googly eyes helped him
see under the water. When Jimmy saw a shark coming, he'd drop to the
bottom of the sea and hide in the seaweed and other plants.
One day Jimmy Jellyfish was
swimming about with the other fish when a huge whale came swimming by.
It flapped its flippers up and down and sent Jimmy flying through the
water. He spun around in circles and became very dizzy. When he finally
stopped, he looked around. There was no seaweed or other plants on the
bottom and there was no sunlight on top. Jimmy didn't know which way was
up and which way was down. He sunk down and down, but it became lighter
instead of darker. When he went up, it grew darker and darker. "Which
way is up? Which way is up?"
Jimmy wrapped his tentacles around
himself and sobbed. He didn't like being there. He wanted to be back
with the other fish and jellyfish. Just then the whale swam past again.
His flippers went up and down. Jimmy shouted, "Watch out!" It was too
late. Jimmy went flying through the water, spinning around and getting
dizzy. When he stopped, he didn't want to open his eyes. He didn't want
to see how dark it was, or not know where he was.
Finally he was brave enough to
open them. He was so excited to see other jelly fish, the seaweed and
other plants and lots of fish. He liked it much better here. He was
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