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  • Welcome to Storyline Online

  • brought to you by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

  • I'm Allison Janney and today

  • I will be reading "Carla's Sandwich"

  • Written by Debbie Herman and Illustrated by Sheila Bailey

  • <Cat Meows>

  • Carla brought weird sandwiches to school.

  • Buster noticed it first.

  • He was sitting next to Carla at lunch one Monday.

  • "EEEW! What are you eating?" Buster asked.

  • "It's all green and slimy!"

  • "It's an olive, pickle and green bean sandwich," said Carla.

  • "I made it myself.

  • Would you like some? I brought extra."

  • "No way!" said Buster, pinching his nose.

  • "That's gross!"

  • "It's not gross," said Carla.

  • "It's different. I like to be different."

  • "It's not different," said buster. "It's gross."

  • And he went to sit next to Leslie instead.

  • On Tuesday Carla's sandwich was long

  • with something yellow and white oozing out the sides

  • "What in the world is that?" asked Leslie.

  • "It's my Banana-Cottage-Cheese Delight," said Carla,

  • "on a tasty toasted baguette."

  • "Bananas and cottage cheese?"

  • asked Leslie, sticking out her tongue.

  • "That's disgusting."

  • "It's not disgusting," said Carla. "It's creative."

  • "It's disgusting," said Leslie,

  • and she went to sit next to Natie instead.

  • On Wednesday

  • Carla's sandwich was orange and brown and lumpy.

  • It crunched when she bit into it.

  • "Ugh!" said Natie, who was sitting next to her now.

  • "What is that?"

  • "I call it Carla's Crunch," said Carla.

  • "It's peanut butter, crackers and cheddar cheese in a lovely pita bread.

  • I brought extra. Would you like some?"

  • "No way!" said Natie, scrunching his face.

  • "That's sick!"

  • "It's not sick," said Carla. "It's unique."

  • "It's sick," said Natie.

  • And he went to sit next to Marcus instead.

  • On Thursday Carla brought a chopped liver, potato chip and cucumber sandwich.

  • On Friday she brought a sardine and mustard sandwich with sunflower seeds.

  • By Monday, no one wanted to sit next to Carla,

  • so she ate by herself.

  • At the end of the day, Miss Pimento made an announcement.

  • "Tomorrow we will have a picnic."

  • "Hurray!" everyone shouted. "A picnic! Yippee!"

  • The next day, when the lunch bell rang,

  • the kids ran to get their picnic lunches.

  • "I have peanut butter and jelly," Natie announced to the class.

  • "I have baloney," said Leslie.

  • "Tuna," called Buster.

  • "Hey Carla, what do you have?"

  • Carla didn't answer.

  • "It's probably a ketchup, spinach and jelly bean sandwich," joked Buster.

  • He and Leslie howled. So did Natie.

  • "It is not!" said Carla.

  • "Let's have some quiet in here," said Miss Pimento,

  • "or we won't be able to have our picnic."

  • The class was suddenly silent.

  • Then the children followed Miss Pimento,

  • two by two, down the hall

  • out the door and down the block to the park.

  • "All right, everyone," said Miss Pimento.

  • "Find a place to sit

  • and bon appètit!"

  • Carla took a bite of her sandwich.

  • "Yuck!" said buster, pointing at Carla's sandwich.

  • "What is that -- a worm sandwich?"

  • "For your information," said Carla,

  • "It's a lettuce, tomato, raisin, bean sprout, pretzel and mayonnaise sandwich.

  • I call it the Combo Deluxe."

  • "It looks more like a Wormbo Deluxe!" teased Buster.

  • Leslie and Natie burst out laughing.

  • Buster rummaged through this knapsack.

  • "Uh oh," he said quietly.

  • He rummaged some more.

  • "Uh oh," he said again.

  • He dumped everything out of his bag.

  • "I can believe it," Bust said sadly.

  • "I forgot my sandwich."

  • "That's awful," said Leslie, biting into her baloney sandwich.

  • "A real bummer," said Natie, chomping on his peanut butter and jelly.

  • Soon everyone was eating -- everyone except Buster.

  • Carla looked at Buster.

  • She looked her sandwich.

  • She looked back at Buster.

  • "You can have one of mine," She offered. "I brought extra."

  • Some kids snickered.

  • "No thanks," said Buster glumly.

  • "I'm not that desperate."

  • Doris ate her egg salad sandwich and Rufus ate his tuna.

  • Herbert ate his salmon salad sandwich

  • and Barbara ate her turkey.

  • Buster's mouth began to water.

  • Buster look at Carla's sandwich.

  • "Maybe bean sprouts aren't so bad," he thought.

  • "It's really quite delicious," said Carla, catching Buster's glance.

  • Buster quickly turned away.

  • Susan ate her corned beef sandwich and Harris munched his taco.

  • Fabio ate his chicken sandwich and Gordon ate his meatloaf.

  • Buster was growing hungrier by the minute

  • and his stomach growled loudly.

  • <Stomach Growl>

  • "Raisins are kind of fun," he thought,

  • "and who doesn't like pretzels?"

  • Marcus ate his cheese sandwich and Darcy ate her bagel.

  • Buster eyed Carla's sandwich again.

  • "You don't know what you're missing..." Carla sang out.

  • Buster couldn't take it anymore.

  • He looked around.

  • Everyone was busy eating.

  • No one was watching him.

  • "Okay," he whispered to Carla.

  • "Okay, what?" asked Carla.

  • "Okay, can I have one ?" he whispered again.

  • "Can you have one what?" asked Carla.

  • Buster blurted impatiently,

  • "Can I please have one of your sandwhiches?"

  • Everyone looked up.

  • Carla smiled and handed Buster a Combo Deluxe.

  • Buster examined the lettuce, tomato, raisin, bean sprout,

  • pretzel and mayonnaise sandwhich carefully.

  • He looked at Leslie, then Natie, then Carla.

  • And then he took a very small bite.

  • All eyes were watching as he chewed and swallowed.

  • "Well?" asked Leslie impatiently.

  • "Well?" asked Natie.

  • Buster didn't say anything.

  • He looked at everyone and took another bite.

  • And another.

  • And another.

  • "I cant' believe he's eating it!" said Natie in disgust.

  • "What does it taste like, Buster?" asked Leslie.

  • "Is it gross?"

  • Buster didn't answer.

  • He was too busy eating.

  • When the last bite was gone, Buster licked his fingers and smacked his lips.

  • <Lip Smacking>

  • "Yum!" he said.

  • "That was the best sandwich I ever ate!"

  • "It was ?" asked Natie in horror.

  • "It was?" asked Leslie in dismay.

  • "It was!" said Buster, smiling at Carla.

  • Carla beamed.

  • "I bet you'd all enjoy the Combo Deluxe," said Carla.

  • "Who'd like to try some?"

  • Slowly, Leslie raised her hand.

  • And then Natie raised his.

  • Then Darcy, Susan, Rufus and Fabio.

  • Soon all the kids had their hands in the air.

  • Carla took her last sandwich, broke it into small pieces

  • and handed them out to everyone

  • "Wow!" said Leslie, tasting her piece.

  • "This is terrific!"

  • "Yeah!" Said Natie.

  • "It tastes great!"

  • "Tomorrow

  • I'm going to bring a creative sandwich too," said Leslie.

  • "Maybe it'll be a

  • mustard sandwich with baked beans and French fries.

  • What do think of that, Carla?"

  • "Sound good," said Carla." And it's definitely creative."

  • "I'll bring a spaghetti and soy sauce sandwich," said Buster

  • as he sat down next to Carla.

  • "Yum," said Carla and Leslie together.

  • "I don't know what I'm bringing yet," said Natie,

  • "But it'll be unique."

  • The next day

  • everyone in Miss Pimento's class brought an unusual sandwich to school.

  • There was an asparagus and salad dressing sandwich,

  • a pistachio and tangerine sandwich,