out the new pictures in the illustrations
washing his hair. It was yucky! Water always ran all over his face and into
his eyes. Tonight, it was bathtime again, but he would not let his mum wash
his hair. No way!, Ben thought.
his mum had other ideas. She washed his hair once more, no matter how he squirmed
and wiggled, and wriggled. When she was finished, he told her that he had
had enough, there would be no more hair washing ever again.
was not convinced, Your hair will get all smelly, itchy and yucky!
not give in, It doesnt matter, he said.
then, have it your way! I dont want to get wet all over, or listen to
your screaming every time I wash your hair. No more bathtime. Be a smelly
pig, if thats what you want!, his mum told him.
dad heard about it, he called him a chicken. Ben said that he was not afraid
of washing his hair. I just dont like it. Anyway, my hair will
be fine, he told his dad.
shook his head, Youll be terribly smelly, just wait and see, Chicken.
Ben. He did not like his dad calling him a chicken. He told Bear about it.
I just dont like washing my hair. Theres nothing wrong with
that. No need to call me a pig or a chicken!
not say anything. He just stared at Ben. Then again, he was just a toy, he
probably did not know very much about washing his hair.
A few days
later, Ben still had not had a bath. His hair did itch a bit, but not a lot,
so Ben just ignored it.
week, Ben noticed that his friends at school did not play with him very often.
When he asked his friend Timmy about it, he told him, You stink!
that Timmy was not his friend anymore.
had not given him many cuddles recently either. Ben wondered about this. You
havent cuddled me in ages, Mummy!
are a bit smelly. Its not very nice coming close to you, sorry,
his mum explained.
not like that. He only had the one mum. Maybe a bath would not be too bad?
On the other hand bathtime meant he had to wash his hair. Perhaps life without
cuddles would not be so bad after all.
day he noticed something funny. When he pulled up his trousers, they got stuck
half way up his bottom. Ben turned around to see what had caused the problem,
but could not see anything. He went to his parents bedroom and looked
in the big mirror. There was a little pigs tail growing on his behind.
Sybille Sterk 2002 - 2004
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