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Fredrick And Rufus
This is a children's story about a dolphin whose perfect life gets turned upside down when another dolphin comes to town. The story is about how he becomes friends with the other dolphin.
[876 words]
Ryan H Strand
I have rugged good looks and brown curly hair. I love long walks on the beach and dinner by candlelight.
[May 2006]
Fredrick And Rufus
Ryan H Strand

Fredrick and Rufus
Once upon a time, there lived a dolphin. His name was Fredrick, and he was the happiest dolphin that anyone had ever met. When he woke up, he was smiling, and when he went to sleep, he was smiling. Nothing ever made Fredrick unhappy. Fredrick was always his teacher’s favorite student, and he was the most popular animal in school. Everyone liked Fredrick. He was the only dolphin at his school, and everything was perfect; little did Fredrick know, his perfect life was about to be turned upside down.
In all of Fredrick’s eight years, he had never met another dolphin (except for his family, of course), and he liked it that way. He never had to compete for attention of the other animals in the ocean. He could do his tricks and no one tried to do better ones, because everyone knows dolphins do the best tricks in the entire ocean.
One day, on the way to school Fredrick saw his friend Johnny, the starfish. Johnny was very excited, he was coming as quick as he could towards Fredrick. Fredrick wondered why Johnny was so excited. When Johnny finally got close enough for Fredrick to hear what he was saying, Johnny told Fredrick that there was a new student. At first, Fredrick was excited to have a new student in class. He was always happy to make new friends.
When Fredrick got to class and saw the new student, his attitude changed a little bit, the new student was a dolphin! This new student was not just any dolphin though; his name was Rufus and he was mean, at least Fredrick thought he was mean. Everyone else in the class thought Rufus was cool.
As the day went on, Fredrick grew sadder and sadder. At recess, everyone who usually played with Fredrick was playing with Rufus. Even Johnny, Fredrick’s best friend, was following Rufus around as if he was a god. Fredrick felt like crying.
When Fredrick got home, he went straight to his room and cried until supper. At the supper table Fredrick seemed pretty unhappy. His parents knew he was sad and so did his sister, Bekah.
Bekah was very nice for a little sister. She never made fun of Fredrick and Fredrick never made fun of Bekah. They were best friends.
Fredrick’s parents didn’t know why he was sad. They thought someone had been mean to him at school or he had gotten a bad grade on a test or something like that, so they decided to leave it alone.
Fredrick’s parents did not know why he was so upset, but someone in his family knew why Fredrick was not smiling. It was his sister, Bekah. She had seen him at recess, bouncing a ball against a wall all alone. She saw all of Fredrick’s friends following the other dolphin around. She knew why he was upset.
After supper, she decided to talk to him about it. She asked him why he was so sad (even though she already knew), but Fredrick said he wasn’t. She asked him why he was so quiet at supper, but he said he was just thinking about something. Finally, when she saw Fredrick was not going to admit to being upset, she was honest with him. She told Fredrick that she had seen him at recess, and had seen the other dolphin.
When Fredrick heard this, he got very sad again and tears started to well up in his eyes. Before he could start crying his sister interrupted him and said that they should talk about what he was feeling. He knew that she was right, and he told her everything. Even before Fredrick was done telling her how he felt, Bekah already had a plan on how to make this whole situation better. You see, even though Bekah was Fredrick’s little sister, she was very smart and could solve almost any situation.
Her plan was simple, be nice. Fredrick was confused because he already was nice. She explained that he needed to be nice to Rufus and everything would work out.
The next day, Fredrick was still a little skeptical of his sister’s idea, but he decided to give it a shot anyway. When he got to class, he sat down right away because class had already started. He waited until recess to be nice to Rufus.
At recess, Fredrick asked Rufus if he wanted to do some tricks with him. Rufus said yes and Fredrick and Rufus went and did some tricks together. Fredrick was surprised; Rufus was as good as he at doing tricks. This made Fredrick a little worried at first, but then he looked over at Rufus and saw how much fun he was having, and that made Fredrick feel good inside.
After school that day, Fredrick asked Rufus why he was acting so mean the day before. Rufus said that he acted that way to get attention. He said that at his old school no one would play with him so he had to act mean.
Fredrick told Rufus that he would never let that happen again. He told Rufus that as long as he was around, they would be friends. From that day on Fredrick and Rufus were best friends and they did everything together.



"i have just read the dolphin story with my 8 yr old daughter" -- kevin daly, manchester, england.
"i have just read the dolphin story with my 8 yr old daughter and she says " it was friendly , kind and she liked it because it was about dolphins ". she says her favourite animals are dolphins " -- kevin daly, cheshire, egland.


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