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Too Little, Part II
Teensy and her new friend play in the field.
Teensy and her new friend play in the field.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "Too Little."

"Why, you're not little at all," said the mouse. "You're really very, very big!"

"Do you think so?" replied Teensy, smiling from ear to ear.

"Yes indeed," said the mouse, "you are the biggest animal I know!"

Teensy couldn't stop grinning. Somebody thought she was big! Teensy looked down at her new little friend.

"I'm sorry you're so small," she said. "I know how it feels."

"Don't be sorry," said the mouse. "I like being small! I can always fit into cozy corners, and I have lots of secret spaces nobody knows about."

 

"Wow," said Teensy, "so being little CAN be good."

Teensy and the mouse talked about being big and about being little until they heard their mothers calling for them. Teensy and the mouse agreed to get together and play sometime soon.

Teensy ran happily back to the herd.

"Hello, little one," said Teensy's mother. "Are you feeling better?"

"Oh, yes," replied Teensy brightly. "I am all cheered up." She snuggled in close to her mother. "Mom, I know I'm a little elephant, but next to some other animals, I'm really big!"

"That's right," replied her mother. "And one day, you'll be as big as all the grown-up elephants."

Teensy smiled, imagining all of the sunsets she would be able to see with the herd.

"I'll reach the leaves on the highest branches!" she exclaimed.

Then Teensy sat down and thought for a moment. "Mom," she said seriously, "it's good to be little, too, you know."

The mouse taught Teensy to appreciate her size.
The mouse taught Teensy to appreciate her size.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Teensy's mother looked down lovingly at her daughter. "You're quite right, little one," she said. "Little or big, you should always be proud of who you are."

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