In the Zoo with Sam and Lucca
By Asbjorn Lonvig, artist
 
 
Lucca is 3 years old and Sam is 6 years old.
Lucca attends the daycare center "the little mischiefs".
Sam goes to school in the preschool class in
the Middelfield School in Middlefield.
Lucca and Sam are neighbors.
They live on Middlefield Road.
Lucca lives in number 584 and Sam lives in number 566.
Sometimes Lucca calls Sam sixty six.
Then Sam smiles and calls Lucca eighty four.
 
 
Here they are, Lucca and Sam.
Ready for going to the zoo.
The sun is shining and Lucca wears her most beautiful red summer dress,
and Sam wears his white shirt with no arms in it
and
his shorts with red and white stripes.
Lucca thought Sam was cool.
Sam thought Lucca was cute.
 
 
 
Sam's father is a school teacher at Middlefield School.
He has taken a day off in order to
accompany Lucca and Sam.
Sam's father is called Samual S. Samualson,
but at the school they call him
always
Samual the Manual.
That is because he knows everything.
If you have any questions at all,
just ask Sam's father.
 
Sam's father brought a basket
with lunch packs and something to drink.
And in the basket, of course, he also had a book.
That is, he had two books.
One about animals and a book written by the famous American writer,
Ernest Hemingway.
"For whom the bell tolls" was the title of the book.
 
 
As they entered Middlefield's Zoo they saw a flamingo.
The flamingo stands on one leg when it rests.
How many eggs does a flamingo have in its nest?
Sam asked.
One egg, his father answered.
Sometimes two eggs.
One out of 300 times the flamingo has two eggs in its nest.
Sam's father answered as always quite correct.
Why does the flamingo look so angry?
Sam asked.
The flamingo is not angry, the beak has that shape because the flamingo eats by filtering the water
with the upper part of the beak lowest down in the water.
Sam's father answered.
Sam did not quite understand.
But he was satisfied that the flamingo
was not angry.
 
 
 
 
Lucca shouted, Oh, no!
and pointed at the parrots.
What a beautiful row of parrots.
Yes, Samual the Manual said,
the parrots live in places that are very colorful.
Therefor the parrots are colorful.
 
 
It is easy to understand that a flamingo and a parrot is a bird.
But a penguin can not fly.
The penguin lives in Antarctic and a few live in Australia
and in South America.
Lucca's father has seen very small penguins in South Australia
on an island called
Philip Island.
I do not know if there are any in South Africa.
I will just look in my book, Sam's father said.
 
 
 
 


Sam's father, Samual S. Samualson, Samual the Manual, Lucca and Sam enjoyed
themselves.

 
Now they found the prison horse.
Lucca's uncle calls it a prison horse.
Of course it is a zebra.
It is too short to look over the fence,
therefor it stands on two legs.
 
 
The name of the giraffes are Tall Charlie and Not So Tall Charlie.
Tall Charlie is blue with yellow dots.
Not So Tall Charlie is yellow with blue dots.
 
 
 Bernhard is a monkey.
He loves to climb in trees and he loves bananas.
On his head he always has his blue cap with the yellow button.
 
 
 
That is so you always can see who is Bernhard.
 
 
In a house with bars there are lions
 
 and tigers.
Mister Lion has a huge mane.
Tigers have stripes.
Not two tigers have the same pattern of stripes.
 
 
Now I am tired,
Lucca said.
And they went home to Middlefield Road.
Lucca wondered why she was so lucky to have friends like
Sam and Sam's father.
 
As Lucca met her
mother and father
she told,
and told, and told, and told, and told, and told,
and told, and told, and told, and told, and told,
and told, and told, and told, and told, and told,
and told, and told, and told, and told, and told,
and told, and told, and told, and told, and told,
and told, and told, and told, and told, and told,
and told, and told, and told, and told, and told,
and told, and told, and told, and told, and told,
and told, and told, and told, and told, and told,
and told, and told, and told, and told, and told,
and told
them about this wonderful day.