After breakfast, on a sunny day,
I went to find Zippy so we could go play.
To my surprise, she wasn't there.
"Oh no! Where's Zippy?" I thought in despair.
I scratched my head, slapped my knee
and said to myself, "Where could she be?
"In the closet with jackets and coats? [Flip insert to reveal more jackets: no Zippy]
Or in the tub with rub-a-dub boats? [Flip insert to reveal more bath toys: no Zippy]
I looked and looked high and low
Still no Zippy - where did she go?
"What's wrong?" asked Nana, "It's a beautiful day.
Let's go explore, what do you say?"
"My friend Zippy is gone!" I cried.
"Uh oh, we'll find her - I'm on your side!"
"What's Zippy like?" Nana asked me.
"Is she short, small or as tall as could be?"
"She's short, with a white, fluffy part."
"Is that her over there, about to depart?" [Show bus with people getting on it with a little white ball within the crowd]
That's not Zippy, it's a furry white hat. [Flip insert to reveal a hat: No Zippy]
"But Zippy has stripes, like that round, sleepy cat."
"Is that her over there, with kids playing tag?" [Show kids running in a park with a striped object sticking out]
Nope, that's not Zippy, that's a striped diaper bag. [Flip insert to reveal a dad with the bag: No Zippy]
"What do you do together?" Nana asked me.
"We listen to stories for an hour or three."
"One more stop," Nana said with a smile.
"I have a feeling it will be worthwhile."
"Is that her sitting there on the shelf?" [Show lots of books with a striped piece sticking out]
YES! It's my friend Zippy, all by herself. [Flip insert to show Zippy]
"Nana, Nana how did you know?"
"I also come here to read stories and grow."