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-[George the Puppet] What’s up, kids? It’s George, here back with another tale to share. We’ll be reading “Gilbert the Goldfish Wants a Pet”, written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Bob Shea. It’s about a goldfish named Gilbert who lives in a bowl. Gilbert’s looking for a pet to make his world whole. In this story, there’s a dog, a mouse, and even a pelican too. If you like animals, this story’s for you. Here’s Lilliana to tell us more about the book and to introduce the reader for today.

-[Lilliana] Thanks George! Today, actress Terri Lynne Hudson will be reading “Gilbert the Goldfish Wants a Pet”, written by Kelly DiPucchio, and illustrated by Bob Shea. This book was published by Dialhouse Readers, a division of Penguin Random House. Gilbert is a little goldfish who loves animals. This book is about his journey to find the perfect companion. Let’s read! –

[Terri] “Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet” by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Bob Shea. To any outsider, Gilbert had everything a goldfish could ever want. A magnificent stone castle. A treasure chest full of gold. And a feast of tasty flakes that fell from the sky just in time for breakfast each day. But the one thing Gilbert did not have was the very thing that he most desperately wanted: a pet. Sometimes he imagined his pet would be small. Sometimes big. Sometimes REALLY big! Sometimes Gilbert imagined his pet would have fur. Or feathers. Or floppy ears. But every day and always, Gilbert imagined what it would be like to have a pet to care for and love.

Then one day, Gilbert woke up to find a dog barking at him. Bark bark bark! Gilbert blinked his eyes to make sure he wasn’t dreaming. The dog wagged his tail and licked the bowl. Gilbert swam around and around in happy circles.
The dog ran around and around in happy circles too. “A pet!” Gilbert glubbed. “I have a pet!” The dog barked. And barked. And barked some more. Bark bark bark! Gilbert never dreamed his pet would be so noisy… or so thirsty. A week passed. A very tired Gilbert woke up and the barky-bark dog was gone. The castle was quiet again. Gilbert was just a teensy bit relieved.

A few days later, Gilbert noticed a small gray mouse peering at him through the glass. Gilbert’s little fishy heart went pitter-patter-swish. The mouse licked her paws and sniffed the bowl. Gilbert swam around and around in happy circles. The mouse, who thought Gilbert was a large chunk of cheddar cheese, ran around and around in circles too. Squeak squeak squeak! “A pet!” Gilbert glubbed happily. “I have a quiet pet!” The mouse sniffed. And sniffed.
And sniffed some more. Sniff sniff sniff. When the hungry mouse determined that Gilbert was not, in fact, a block of cheese, she ran away. And she never came back. Gilbert’s little fishy heart went pitter-patter-plop.

More time passed and Gilbert had just about given up on his dream when a fly landed on the rim of his bowl. “Well, hello there, little fellow!” Gilbert called out cheerfully. The startled fly buzzed around in circles. Buzz buzz buzz. Gilbert jumped up and the wide-eyed fly was there to greet him in midair! “A pet!” Gilbert glubbed. “I have a quiet, friendly–” THWACK! Oh, my. Poor fly. And poor Gilbert. He cried enough tears to fill a ten-gallon aquarium.

In the morning, Gilbert opened his eyes. Somebody was watching him. Gilbert gulped. Somebody flicked its long tail and wiry whiskers. Gilbert cautiously swam around and around in circles. Somebody followed. Gilbert jumped.Somebody jumped too. Hmmm, Gilbert thought, eyeing the curious new creature before him. Not too loud. Not too rude. And not too squished! “A pet!” Gilbert glubbed. “I have the perfect pet!” “You look kind of hungry,” Gilbert said. “Would you like to join me for breakfast?” The creature moved in closer… and closer… and closer… and then it took a BIG bite… of a delicious green flake.

“The pink ones are really good too,” Gilbert said with a smile. “Would you like me to show you around the castle?” Now Gilbert really does have everything a goldfish could ever want. Including a pet. Fluffy! Fish flakes are pink, my eyes are blue. I want a pet — how about you? (Yes, you! Really! Come on in, the water’s warm!)

-[Lilliana] What a wonderful story! Thank you actress Terri Lynne Hudson for that wonderful reading. Did you expect Gilbert to make friends with a catfish, out of all animals? I sure didn’t. This story shows us that we can make friends with
the most unexpected people. Did you like this story? Let us know in the comments down below. Thank you again actress Terri Lynne Hudson for reading “Gilbert the Goldfish Wants a Pet”. If you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to our
newsletter, and check out more of our children’s books series at www.Fun4theDisabled.com. Take it away, George!

-[George the Puppet] Thanks for watching “Gilbert the Goldfish Wants a Pet”, written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Bob Shea. ‘Cause it’s easy to see that pets are family, they are just like you and me, a part of the family tree. That’s why we must show ’em love, bring them happiness and all above, show them that we care, treat them well and treat them fair. Show them kindness from everywhere, ’cause family is always there.

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