“There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world until we come back to the same place. ” – G. K. Chesterton
Pre-K – Grade 5 [Scholastic]
AR 2.8 [0.5 points]
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Poor Stick Man is just trying to get home to his family after a morning jog but one difficult situation after another block any progress. He is mistakenly used as a stick in a game of fetch, material for a swan’s nest, a flag pole on a sand castle, a sword, a hook, a pen, a bat, a boomerang, and an arm for a snowman! Each time he is used for a different purpose, he announces:
“I’m not a stick! Why can’t you see,
I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man,
I’M STICK MAN, that’s me,
And I want to go home to the family tree!”
His family patiently watches for his return, but after some time they are discouraged and wonder if he will ever come home.
The final problem for Stick Man is the most serious. He is added to a pile of kindling for an inevitable Christmas fire. Just when the situation seems dire, he is discovered by Santa. Well, actually Stick Man rescues Santa who is stuck in the chimney. He not only rescues Santa, he helps Santa deliver Christmas presents. His good deeds are rewarded when Santa brings him home after his busiest night, and Stick Man is finally reunited with his family.