Bruno, the little, brown puppy wanted to play! He needed a friend.

“Come play with me!” said Bruno to the white cow.

“No! No! No!” replied the white cow, shaking her head. “I have work to do. I
have to give milk for Tinnu and Minnu. Milk for their family, too. Go away. I
have WORK to do! MOOOOOOOOO!”

The Puppy that wanted to Play
The Puppy that wanted to Play [Illustrations by Shiju George]
Bruno went to the brown cock.

“Come play with me!” pleaded Bruno to the brown cock.

“No! No! No!” cackled the brown cock. “I have to wake up lazy Tinnu and
Minnu. I have to make yellow hens lay the eggs for breakfast. I have to
chase the chicks all day long. Go away. I have WORK to do! COCK-A-DOODLE-DOOOOOO!”

Bruno was sad. No one wanted to play! He went to the big ox.

“Come play with me!” said Bruno to the big ox.

“No! No! No!” said the big ox. “I have to pull the plough in the field. I
have to carry fruit and vegetables to the market. Go away. I have WORK to
do!”

Bruno saw the big black owl sitting on the tree.

“Come play with me!” said Bruno.

“No! No! No!” hooted the owl. “I am tired after chasing away all rats from
the field. All night I ate insects. I am sleepy and tired. Go away! I have
WORK to do! OOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

Bruno ran to the furry squirrel.

“Play with me!” cried the little puppy. “PLEASE play with me!”

“No! No! No!” said the squirrel. “I have to find food. Go away. I am busy. I
have WORK to do!”

Bruno went to the little, gray rat.

“Play with me!” said Bruno.

“No! No! No!” said the little rat.” The cat is sitting on the tree. She wants to
catch me. Go away! I have WORK to do! I have to RUN away from the cat!”

Bruno saw the brown earthworm.

“Play with me!” said the little puppy.

“No! No! No!” replied earthworm. “I have to dig the mud. I have to go in
and out, up and down and roundabout! Go away! I have WORK to do!”

Bruno ran to a butterfly.

“Play with me!” said Bruno.

“No! No! No!” said beautiful butterfly. “I have to hop from flower to
flower. I am busy. Go away! I have WORK to do!”

Bruno went to a black fly.

“Play with me!” said Bruno.

“No! No! No!” buzzed the fly. “I have to sit on the garbage dump! Go
away. I have WORK to do!”

Bruno went to Minnu’s mother.

“Play with me!” barked Bruno. “Play with me!”

“NO! No! No!” said Minnu’s mother. “I have to clean the house. I have to
cook food. I have to wash the clothes and water the garden. Go away! I
have WORK to do!”

Bruno ran to Minnu.

“BOW-WOW! Play with me!” barked Bruno, wagging his tail.

“No! No! No!” said Minnu. “I have homework to do. Go away! I have WORK to
do!”

“MINNU!” shouted her mother. “Where is Bruno? Send him to the kitchen.”

Bruno ran to the kitchen. Mother was going to play with him! YIPPEEEEEE!

“Bruno!” said mother. “Sit here. Don’t allow the cat into the kitchen. Sit!” Bruno sat. He was VERY, VERY happy! Finally, he had something to do!