What Jasmine Learns at Puppy School
Jasmine is a puppy who is pretending to be sick. She doesn’t want to go to school because there’s so much math and she doesn’t like math.
Her big sister, Moon, loves school and doesn’t understand why Jasmine doesn’t love it too.
Jasmine is jealous of Moon because she does so well in school their mom gives her permission to get manis and pedis and to paint her hair the color of raspberries.
Jasmine pretends she has a tummy ache so she doesn’t have to go to school on the day of the math test. Instead, Moon brings home so math homework for Jasmine to do so she’ll be ready for the test when she’s well.
Jasmine goes into her room with the math homework and puts it on her desk. But instead of doing her homework, Jasmine watches tv in bed and plays with her tug toys until she falls asleep.
The next day, Jasmine has to go to school. The very first thing her teacher does is hand her the math test and tells her, “Do this now.”
Jasmine feels afraid. She knows that if everyone in her class got a 10 out of 10, she is going to get a zero.
She sits and stares at the first problem. It is 90 + 100. She thinks and thinks and thinks and says to herself, “106?” Then she puts that answer on the paper.
The next problem is 60 + 70. She thinks and thinks and thinks and says to herself, “180?” Then she puts that answer on the paper.
The next problem is 70 + 1 + 2 + 100. She thinks and thinks and thinks and says to herself, “100?” Then she puts that answer on the paper.
When her teacher sees Jasmine’s answers, she gives Jasmine a mad face. “That is all wrong! You can take the test again tomorrow.”
Jasmine goes home and asks Moon to help her. But Moon says, “You can do this by yourself.”
So Jasmine goes back into her room, turns off her tv, and puts her toys away so they won’t tempt her to play. Then she does her whole homework packet for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The next day, she returns to school and takes the test again. This time she has all the right answers.
When she comes home with her perfect score, her Mom says, “Well done! I’ll give you permission to paint your hair.”
Jasmine feels so happy. She picks the color Indigo and it looks beautiful with her red hair. But Moon doesn’t like the color Jasmine has picked because now she is jealous.
Jasmine learns that she always has to do her homework even if she’s sick. She also learns that she likes school a whole lot better when she takes the time to learn more math.