Walrus Joins In
What will Walrus do?
Everyone at the North Pole was very excited. There was going to be a show and ANYONE could be in it.
‘I will do skating,‟ said Arctic Fox. …I‟m good at that!‟
‘I‟ll do tumbling,‟ said Polar Bear. …No one tumbles quite like me!‟
‘I‟ll do singing,‟ said Seal. …Everyone says I have a very fine voice!‟
‘Then I‟ll do diving,‟ said Whale. …I won a prize for diving at school, you know!‟
They all looked at Walrus. …What will YOU do?‟ they asked.
But Walrus was not good at anything.
He wasn‟t good at skating, and he wasn‟t good at tumbling.
He was terrible at singing, and when he tried to dive, he always got water up his nose. He sat and chewed his whiskers sadly.
…Never mind,‟ said Arctic Fox. …You can watch us.‟
Arctic Fox and Polar Bear and Seal and Whale practised hard for the big show.
Walrus hid behind a snowdrift and watched, and chewed his whiskers.
He wished he was good at something.
The big night
At last, the big night arrived. Everyone sat down and waited for the show to begin. Walrus sat in the front row. He was very excited.
Fox came onto the ice and bowed. Everyone cheered.
Then Fox began to skate. Fox skated forwards and backwards and sideways. She skated in perfect circles and figures of eight. She was elegant and amazing!
Walrus watched and he loved what he saw. Fox made it all look so easy.
Walrus was sure that if he really tried he could skate just like Fox.
He couldn‟t stop himself. He just had to leap onto the ice and join in with Fox. “I can skate,” he cried. “Look at me!”
But Walrus couldn‟t skate at all. He could only trip up and fall over.
He bumped into Fox, and Fox went flat on her face. FLOMP!
Fox was very upset. “Walrus has RUINED my act,” she wailed.