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Humming helped save grandma.
By Tracey Selinger
Illustration 1. Hummmmmmmm! This is what our grandma did all day. She didn’t say anything. She
just hummed, sitting motionless in her chair.
Illustration 2 Grandma was in another world. Like she had her head in the clouds. She was lost in
her thought. Mum felt anxious.
Illustration 3. She started creating a lot of mess. Nothing stuck in her mind. But her humming
slipped out off her tongue. Some odd things had also happened lately. Grandma made a sandwich
with her dentures when she was hungry.
Illustration 4. Grandma put her underpants over her head when she was trying to dress.
Illustration 5. On another day she put her old cassette player into the fridge.
Illustration 6. Every bad smell in the house was blamed on Safari our dog. Including her farts and
bad breath.
Illustration 7. Even when sitting in the park, all she did was hum like a bee.
Illustration 7. One day she was sitting in the garden outside our house Her humming got louder
and faster. Everyone thought a big storm was approaching.
Illustration 8. As I peeped through the window, I saw her chair starting to spin around in circles.
Faster and faster. Suddenly it started to rise. We all ran and tried to hold grandma’s chair down.
Illustration 9. It rose up and rocketed off the ground in the garden. Up, up, up it went into the
clouds above our house.
10. Now grandma was floating in the clouds above our house. We had to get her down. We had an
idea.
11. We stacked grandma’s books one on top of the other. Safari climbed to the top with a balloon
around his waist. Up, up, up into the air went Safari. He couldn’t reach grandma. The balloon burst.
BANG! He was covered in bird poo when he came back down.
Grandma was still sitting in her chair, up in the air.
How were we going to get her down?
Illustration 12. My sister made a human slingshot. She loved acrobatics when she was in the
circus. I put her into the slingshot. Up, up, up into the air went my sister. She couldn’t reach
grandma. She went up and came straight back down with a loud THUD, THUD, THUD. She was
covered in bird poo when she collapsed on the ground.
Grandma was still sitting in her chair, up in the air.
How were we going to get her down?
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Illustration 12. It was my turn. I made a trapeze. When I was in the circus I floated through the air
with the greatest of ease. I was one of those folk on the flying trapeze. I was up, up, up in the air. I
couldn’t reach grandma. The trapeze wasn’t high enough. I got off the trapeze covered in bird poo.
Grandma was still sitting in her chair, up in the air.
How were we going to get her down?
Illustration 13. (MUM, boy, his sister then the dog in the chain). We made a human chain to reach
grandma. We put Safari on the top because he was the smallest. We went up, up, up into the air. We
couldn’t reach grandma. The chain broke. We fell on each other.
Grandma was still sitting in her chair, up in the air.
How were we going to get her down?
Illustration 14. I attached myself to my drone. I held on as tight as I could. I went up, up, up into the
air. I couldn’t reach grandma. The drone got stuck in a tree. I grabbed the drone and climbed back
down the tree.
Grandma was still sitting in her chair, up in the air.
How were we ever going to get her down?
Illustration 15. We all listened carefully to grandma’s humming. It was louder than before.
My sister asked mum for the name of the tune grandma was humming. “Hush Little Baby,” said
mum.
Grandma recorded that lullaby on a cassette player years ago,” said mum.
Illustration 16. Here, there and everywhere we all looked for grandma’s cassette. Grandma never
threw anything away. Safari started barking at the fridge. We pleaded with him to stop but he didn’t.
Safari was trying to tell us something. Grandma’s old cassette player was in the fridge.
Illustration 17. Yippee! Hooray! We all cried and jumped with excitement. Inside the old
cassette player was grandma’s old cassette. Would it really work after being put into the fridge?
Mum asked.
Illustration 18. Mum turned on the old cassette player and Grandma’s lullaby, “Hush Little Baby,
was heard coming out of it. I turned up the volume. Grandma started singing and smiled.
Illustration 19. “What, what am I doing up here?” asked grandma as she looked around.
“Get me down from here!” yelled out grandma. It was nice to hear grandma after a long time.
Illustration 20. I yelled back, “Keep singing grandma.” We all joined in singing with her.
Illustration 21 Her chair suddenly started to spin around in circles. It came down from the clouds
and landed in the front garden. Grandma was back. We all scream joyously and hugged grandma.
Illustration 22. She was singing and smiling. She slowly got up and started to dance. She asked us
to join her.
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Illustration 23. We were all dancing, clapping, singing, and smiling. We were so happy. Grandma
started talking again. She stilled blamed Safari for all the bad smells in the house. Even when he was
outside. She hadn’t really changed much. We were happy to have her back though.
Illustration 24. We formed a traveling singing band with the circus and we were called the
Humming Birds. Humming because of grandma’s humming and Birds because of the number of birds
that had pooed on us when we were trying to save grandma. I wanted to change the cringy name
but grandma loved it. So we kept the name because the Humming Birds continued to save grandma
and she was happy.
We lived happily ever after.

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Humming helped save grandma. By Tracey Selinger Illustration 1. Hummmmmmmm! This is what our grandma did all day. She didn’t say anything. She just hummed, sitting motionless in her chair. Illustration 2 Grandma was in another world. Like she had her head in the clouds. She was lost in her thought. Mum felt anxious. Illustration 3. She started creating a lot of mess. Nothing stuck in her mind. But her humming slipped out off her tongue. Some odd things had also happened lately. Grandma made a sandwich with her dentures when she was hungry. Illustration 4. Grandma put her underpants over her head when she was trying to dress. Illustration 5. On another day she put her old cassette player into the fridge. Illustration 6. bad breath. Every bad smell in the house was blamed on Safari our dog. Including her farts and Illustration 7. Even when sitting in the park, all she did was hum like a bee. Illustration 7. One day she was sitting in the garden outside our house Her humming got louder and faster. Everyone thought a big storm was approaching. Illustration 8. As I peeped through the window, I saw her chair starting to spin around in circles. Faster and faster. Suddenly it started to rise. We all ran and tried to hold grandma’s chair down. Illustration 9. It rose up and rocketed off the ground in the garden. Up, up, up it went into the clouds above our house. 10. Now grandma was floating in the clouds above our house. We had to get her down. We had an idea. 11. We stacked grandma’s books one on top of the other. Safari climbed to the top with a balloon around his waist. Up, up, up into the air went Safari. He couldn’t reach grandma. The balloon burst. BANG! He was covered in bird poo when he came back down. Grandma was still sitting in her chair, up in the air. How were we going to get her down? Illustration 12. My sister made a human slingshot. She loved acrobatics when she was in the circus. I put her into the slingshot. Up, up, up into the air went my sister. She couldn’t reach grandma. She went up and came straight back down with a loud THUD, THUD, THUD. She was covered in bird poo when she collapsed on the ground. Grandma was still sitting in her chair, up in the air. How were we going to get her down? Illustration 12. It was my turn. I made a trapeze. When I was in the circus I floated through the air with the greatest of ease. I was one of those folk on the flying trapeze. I was up, up, up in the air. I couldn’t reach grandma. The trapeze wasn’t high enough. I got off the trapeze covered in bird poo. Grandma was still sitting in her chair, up in the air. How were we going to get her down? Illustration 13. (MUM, boy, his sister then the dog in the chain). We made a human chain to reach grandma. We put Safari on the top because he was the smallest. We went up, up, up into the air. We couldn’t reach grandma. The chain broke. We fell on each other. Grandma was still sitting in her chair, up in the air. How were we going to get her down? Illustration 14. I attached myself to my drone. I held on as tight as I could. I went up, up, up into the air. I couldn’t reach grandma. The drone got stuck in a tree. I grabbed the drone and climbed back down the tree. Grandma was still sitting in her chair, up in the air. How were we ever going to get her down? Illustration 15. We all listened carefully to grandma’s humming. It was louder than before. My sister asked mum for the name of the tune grandma was humming. “Hush Little Baby,” said mum. “Grandma recorded that lullaby on a cassette player years ago,” said mum. Illustration 16. Here, there and everywhere we all looked for grandma’s cassette. Grandma never threw anything away. Safari started barking at the fridge. We pleaded with him to stop but he didn’t. Safari was trying to tell us something. Grandma’s old cassette player was in the fridge. Illustration 17. Yippee! Hooray! We all cried and jumped with excitement. Inside the old cassette player was grandma’s old cassette. Would it really work after being put into the fridge? Mum asked. Illustration 18. Mum turned on the old cassette player and Grandma’s lullaby, “Hush Little Baby,” was heard coming out of it. I turned up the volume. Grandma started singing and smiled. Illustration 19. “What, what am I doing up here?” asked grandma as she looked around. “Get me down from here!” yelled out grandma. It was nice to hear grandma after a long time. Illustration 20. I yelled back, “Keep singing grandma.” We all joined in singing with her. Illustration 21 Her chair suddenly started to spin around in circles. It came down from the clouds and landed in the front garden. Grandma was back. We all scream joyously and hugged grandma. Illustration 22. to join her. She was singing and smiling. She slowly got up and started to dance. She asked us Illustration 23. We were all dancing, clapping, singing, and smiling. We were so happy. Grandma started talking again. She stilled blamed Safari for all the bad smells in the house. Even when he was outside. She hadn’t really changed much. We were happy to have her back though. Illustration 24. We formed a traveling singing band with the circus and we were called the Humming Birds. Humming because of grandma’s humming and Birds because of the number of birds that had pooed on us when we were trying to save grandma. I wanted to change the cringy name but grandma loved it. So we kept the name because the Humming Birds continued to save grandma and she was happy. We lived happily ever after. Name: Description: ...
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