Tooth Fairy," began the note under June's pillow. "I don't
want any money for this tooth. All I want is for my Teddy
Bear to be alive. Love, June."
That night, while June was sleeping, her mother tiptoed into
the room and slipped her hand under June's pillow. She slid
out the note wrapped around the tooth and replaced it with
a shiny dime.
Out in the lighted hall she noticed the writing on the paper
around the tooth. She smiled as she read June's note. She
went to the kitchen and neatly printed a reply: "Dear June,
Your Teddy Bear will come alive each night from midnight until
2 A.M. Your friend, The Tooth Fairy." Still smiling, June's
mother tiptoed into her daughter's room again and slipped
the note under the pillow.
The real Tooth Fairy was watching while all this was happening.
When she saw the note, she shook her head. "I'll have to do
something about this," she thought. "I can't have children
thinking I don't keep my promises."
The next morning, when June saw the note, she begged her mother
to let her stay up until midnight that night to see her Teddy
Bear come alive.
June. I think that the Tooth Fairy meant that you would see
your Teddy Bear come alive in your dreams." That night June
made especially sure that her Teddy Bear was tucked in beside
her when she went to bed.
At midnight she awakened suddenly. Something was tickling
her. As she sat up sleepily, two furry arms wrapped themselves
around her. It was her Teddy Bear. He was alive!
June played with her Teddy Bear for about an hour. Then, "Gee,
I'm hungry," she said. "And now that you're alive, I guess
you have to eat, too." She carried him downstairs and opened
do Teddy Bears eat?" she thought. She made a peanut butter
sandwich and poured a glass of milk. She spilled some milk
into a bowl and dipped a piece of bread in it. The Teddy Bear
slurped it up.
At exactly two o'clock, the Teddy Bear lay down and stopped
moving. He was just a toy again. At first June started to
cry. But then she remembered that he would be alive again
the next night.
she was asleep.
The next morning, June told her mother about how Teddy Bear
had really come to life, just as the Tooth Fairy promised.
Her mother smiled and said, "That's nice, dear."
Each night June played with her Teddy Bear for two hours.
Then she went back to sleep and he went back to being a toy
again. For a few weeks everything seemed fine. But then June
noticed that Teddy Bear didn't seem as playful as he used
to be. He would just lie around. And often he didn't want
to eat his bread and milk.
One morning, at breakfast, June burst into tears. "What's
the matter?" asked her father.
June explained that she was worried about her Teddy Bear.
"The last few nights, he's been acting like he's sick."
he has a virus," said her mother.
maybe he's not getting the right things to eat," said her
we take him to the vet?" pleaded June. "I don't want him to
don't think the vet would know much about Teddy Bears, honey,"
said June's father. June started to cry again. Her parents
looked at each other.
tell you what," said June's mother. "This afternoon after
school I'll take you to the natural history museum. They'll
surely know what's good for Teddy Bears."
afternoon June showed her Teddy Bear to Mr. Krieg at the museum
and explained her problem.
he said, "that's a koala. It comes from Australia. What have
you been feeding it?"
and milk," June replied.
your problem," said Mr. Krieg with a wink at June's mother.
"Koalas can't live very long on bread and milk. They need
said Mr. Krieg. "That's a special kind of tree that grows
in Australia. We don't have any around here. The climate isn't
right for them."
mother!" June exclaimed. "We've got to get a eucalyptus tree
right away. We can plant it in the back yard."
don't be ridiculous," said her mother. "Do you know how much
it would cost to send for a tree from Australia? And besides,
Mr. Krieg said they don't grow here."
my Teddy Bear is going to die!" June said.
don't want to hear any more about it," said her mother. "Let's
For the next two days June thought and thought. Finally she
got an idea. It was her only hope. One of her teeth was loose.
She wiggled and wiggled it, and at last it came out. She wrapped
it in a note asking the Tooth Fairy for a eucalyptus tree
and tucked it under her pillow.
June's mother sighed when she saw the note. "I will try my
best, June," she wrote back, "but you mustn't be too disappointed
if I can't get you a eucalyptus tree. Love from the Tooth
will never do," thought the real Tooth Fairy.
And the next day, the mailman rang the bell with a Special
Delivery package. It was a eucalyptus tree, straight from
Australia. No one ever found out who had sent it. No one ever
figured out why it grew so well in June's backyard. But June
often thought at night, as she cuddled her playful Teddy Bear,
"Thank you, Tooth Fairy."
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