A Polite Question

Peter is ten years old. One day his friend Paul says to him, «I'm going to have a birthday party on Saturday, Peter. Can you come?»

Peter asks his mother, and she says, «Yes, you can go.» She phones Paul's mother to tell her.

Before Peter goes to the party on Saturday afternoon, his mother says to him, «Now, Peter, don't forget to be polite. Don't ask for food. Wait until someone gives it to you.»

«All right Mom,» Peter answers, and he goes to Paul's house on his bicycle.

There are a lot of children at the party. They play together for an hour, and then Paul's mother gives them some food; but she forgets to give Peter any. He waits politely for a few minutes, and then he holds his plate up and says loudly, «Does anyone want a nice clean plate?»

From Stories, Tales and Songs — укладач О.І.Близнюк

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