One day when I was a little girl, my
mother got a letter from my grandmother. She was ill, and she asked my
mother to come to her.
"Take your sister to school with you," said my mother to me.
"She can't sit still for five minutes," I said.
"I can sit still," said my little sister.
My mother wrote a letter to my teacher. My teacher answered:
"Yes, Nancy may come to school if she is a good girl."
My sister was very happy. Do you know what
she did? She found my father's old bag and put a pencil and a notebook
into the bag. She went to bed very early. She was a very good girl.
In the morning she got up early. She
washed her face and neck and dressed quickly. After breakfast my mother
went to my grandmother, and we went to school.
Our lessons began at 9 o'clock. But we came to the schoolyard earlier. My sister said Good morning to everybody in the yard.
When we came into the classroom, the teacher said:
"Jack is ill. So your sister may sit at his desk."
My little sister did not talk. She looked
and looked. She looked at the teacher, she looked at the schoolboys and
schoolgirls. She looked at the blackboard and at the pictures on the
The children opened their bags and took
out their pencils and notebooks. My sister opened her bag, too. She took
out her pencil and her notebook.
Then the teacher called all the children's
names. The children said: "Present." But she did not call my sister's
name, because she was not a pupil. Then my naughty little sister got up
"I want a present, too."
Everybody laughed. Then the teacher gave her some plasticine. My little sister made a red flower, and the teacher said it was very nice.
The teacher read us a story, and my sister
listened, too. When the teacher asked questions about this story, all
the children put up their hands and my sister put up her hand. And she
gave a good answer. The teacher said:
"Your little sister is very clever."
Then we drew pictures. I drew a house, a
tree and a lake. But do you know what my little sister drew? She drew
our teacher. Yes, she drew our nice teacher. She drew her with very
little eyes and very long black hair, and a very big mouth.
"I like your picture," said our teacher. "I like it very much."
Then we all went to the schoolyard and played there. We played ball. My little sister played ball, too.
Then we went to the classroom again. We read a story in a book, but my little sister could not read, so she fell asleep. She slept till four o'clock when the lessons were over and we went home.