Warton Turtle’s Valentine
By Debbie Day
Warton Turtle woke up very excited. Today was a special day.
He looked out his window. Birds were dropping down chocolate filled balloons.
Beavers were delivering heart-shaped sugar cookies.
Salamanders were handing out sparkly pink cards.
“Someone could be here any moment!”
He quickly got dressed and waited through breakfast.
Then he waited in his rocking chair.
He waited through lunch.
Then he waited all afternoon.
Just before supper, he at last spotted a mail muskrat scuttling up the street.
Warton watched him drop off roses to Francis Frog, and a shiny package to Theodore Snake.
Then he skipped Gwendolen Groundhog’s hole to come scurrying straight up Warton’s walkway.
Warton leapt to the door.
“You must be Oliver Skunk!” said the muskrat holding out a big bouquet of chocolate sunflowers.
“Oh no!” said Warton, disappointed. “Oliver lives next door.”
“Sorry for the mix-up!”
Warton slowly shut the door and thought for a moment.
Then he had an idea.
First he baked a batch of strawberry tarts. Next, he pulled out his colored paper and glitter glue.
When he was finished, Warton walked to Gwendolen Groundhog’s hole and knocked.
Gwendolen opened the door in surprise. “Happy Valentine’s Day!” cried Warton, handing her the gifts.
“Oh thank you Warton! I’ve been waiting for you all day!”