Sometimes learning something new can be scary! My first time driving a sleigh was a little shaky, but the more I did it, the better I got. Mouse, the littlest elf, has to practice something very important this year!
Read about how brave Mouse is…
Today I was enjoying my hot chocolate with those fancy imported marshmallows. As I checked my list, I heard a strange sound. It was so quiet that I had to sit still and listen very hard to hear it. It was a tiny, squeaky sound with little sniffly noises too.
I tried to find the sound. It was coming from beside the big Christmas tree in the library. I had to get down very low to see what made that sound. Mouse the Littlest Elf was there under the tree. She was holding a book and crying.
I asked Mouse why she was upset. Mouse held up her book and blinked away a tear. I thought that maybe her book was a sad story. She showed the book to me. It was my favorite book of all time, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. That’s not a sad book!
Mouse told me that she was crying because she was scared. Mrs Claus asked her to read the book to all of the little elves this Christmas Eve. Most elves would be very excited to get this job, but Mouse was scared because she was just learning to read. She was afraid she would mess up and all the elves would laugh at her.
I told Mouse I would help her with the book. I told her that reading is like toy-making — it takes some practice to be good at it. Mouse felt sad that she couldn’t read as well as some of her friends.
“Everyone had to start somewhere! No one was born knowing how to read. We all had to learn and practice,” I told her.
Mouse dried her tears and asked “Even you”?
“Yes, even me!” I said.
Mouse started to smile. She knew how to work hard and be brave. She promised to keep practicing every day until Christmas Eve. Then she would be ready to read my favorite book to all of her elf friends.
P.S. Is there something you don’t know how to do? I helped Mouse the Elf learn to read. Who can help you learn new things? You can click here to tell me or, scroll down to see what other people are saying!