Ubby

by Jennifer Reynolds
(Milton, Washington, USA)




"Ubby," said Pat. "I'm starting school tomorrow and Mom said that I have to stop sucking my thumb." Pat hugged Ubby and put his thumb in his mouth.

"Uh - oh," thought Ubby. "He sucks his thumb when he holds me. I'll have to stop him doing that or his Mom will get rid of me."

Mom looked around the bedroom door. "Time to get ready for bed," she said. Pat put Ubby on his pillow. "I'll be back in a minute," he said.

Ubby looked around the room. Where could he hide?
Pat came back to his room, and put on his pajamas
Pat looked at his bed. "Where's Ubby?" He jerked up his pillow. No Ubby. He pulled the covers back on his bed. Where is he? He looked under the bed. "Oh there you are." He reached under the bed, and pulled out a big white sock.

He looked in his drawers and pulled out all his clothes. No Ubby. He looked on top of the lamp. He'd found Ubby up there a couple of times. He could be in the toy chest. Maybe Ubby wanted to visit with some of the other toys. No, not there. Pat turned and saw a shadow on the curtains. He pulled them back. "Ubby!" but it was the cat.

"Oh," said Pat. "Ubby knows I'm going to school and he wants to go with me, so I'll bet he's in my school bag." He opened his closet door, picked up his bag and said, "Come on out Ubby, I know you're in there." Nothing. He opened his bag and all he saw was his school stuff. He pulled out all his shoes, and looked in them. No Ubby.

Mom came in to say goodnight. "I can't find Ubby, Mom," said Pat. "I can't go to bed without Ubby."

Mom looked at his room. "When you clean up this mess you'll probably find him. You have to go to bed now as you need a good night's sleep. You have school tomorrow." And she gave Pat a kiss.

Pat got into bed and pulled the covers over his head. "I've had Ubby since I was a baby," thought Pat. "Ubby's my best friend." Pat wrapped his arms around himself. "He helps me chose what I want for breakfast. He likes to ride on my bicycle with me, even when he falls off. When he fell into the bathtub, he didn't like that at all, especially when Mom hung him up by his ears with clothes pins so he could drip dry. I tell Ubby all my secrets." Pat thought about some of the secrets. "He doesn't tell on me when I don't clean my teeth the way I should; when I ride too far on my bicycle; when I read my book under the covers with my flashlight, when I'm supposed to be asleep. He never tells my secrets."

Pat suddenly sat up in bed. "He's hiding so I can't hold him and then suck my thumb."

"I'll stop sucking my thumb Ubby, if you'll just come back," he said loudly. "When I hold you, jump out of my arms if I start sucking my thumb."

Ubby was listening, "That sounds like a good plan," he thought.

Pat finally went to sleep and Ubby crawled slowly up onto the bed and sat on the pillow next to his head. The next morning Mom came in to wake Pat up to go to school. Pat opened his eyes and saw Ubby right next to his nose. "Ubby," he said. "Mom did you find him?"

"No," said Mom. "He was there when I came in."

"How did he get there?" said Pat. "He wasn't there when I went to sleep."

"Well he found you," said Mom.

Pat got ready for school and before he left, he picked Ubby up and looked him in his eyes. "It's hard to stop a habit, but I won't suck my thumb anymore, because I don't want to lose you. Please don't run away again." He gave Ubby a big hug and put him on his pillow.



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Oct 17, 2011
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Dear little story.
by: Pat

Thanks for sharing your new story. Always love to read them. Can't wait for an autographed copy to give to my grandchildren. ubby is very endearing.

Oct 17, 2011
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Ubby
by: Anonymous

Beautiful story that a family can share!

Oct 16, 2011
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Ubby is a sweet story of friendship!
by: Anonymous

What a sweet story of true friendship! Ubby knew he had to help Pat, even when it meant sacrificing time with his pal!

Oct 16, 2011
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Ubby
by: Cristi

Ubby was a great story. Easy to read, flowed nicely. I can easily see how Pat and Ubby could have many adventures together. I'd like to see those.

Oct 14, 2011
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YEAH
by: MK

GREAT JOB!! WHAT A CUTE STORY. I KNOW IT WILL BE A POPULAR ONE :)

Oct 14, 2011
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Ubby as a Pal
by: Anonymous

With all the comments that people have already
submitted makes it hard to add anything new
about Ubby. I agree that Ubby would be a great
Pal to children trying to break bad habits and
could possibly have more adventures.

Oct 13, 2011
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Brother Pat
by: Jenny

My brother Pat was given a toy bunny made of animal fur. He couldn't say Bunny, and said 'Ubby' instead. He loved his Ubby and sucked his thumb until he went to school. Even then had a hard time stopping. He still had his Ubby when he was grown, and the fur was worn off and the skin shiny!!!!!

Oct 13, 2011
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Ubby
by: Anonymous

Sweet story for little ones! I also have a little one that loves his "ubby". It is amazing where the turn up once lost.

Oct 13, 2011
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Ubby
by: Anonymous

Such a sweet story! My little one also has a "ubby" that goes missing way to often. Loved the story!

Oct 13, 2011
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So fun!
by: Jessica Larsson

Great short story! I can see a little series of "Ubby" stories that teach children lessons about growing up or problem solving.

Oct 12, 2011
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Special friendship
by: Maria

Sweet, delightful and a story of friendship that all children will relate to.

Oct 12, 2011
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Very sweet...
by: Denise N

We can all relate to the "Ubby" we had as a child. Very heartwarming!!! Great job :)

Oct 12, 2011
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I totally agree with everyone
by: Julia

I agree with all the other comments---this story is so relatable for almost any child! It's fun to read, teaches a great lesson in a subtle way.

All around what a story should be!!

Oct 12, 2011
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Ubby
by: Anonymous

Very cute story. Way to go Ubby! By the way, Ubby is a very cute name.

Oct 12, 2011
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A good friend in Ubby
by: Jessica

A sweet story of childhood friendship, imagination, and the difficult task of breaking habits as we learn to grow up.

Oct 12, 2011
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Great Idea for a book
by: A Librarian

Younger children would love the problem solving and love of a special toy. It would make a good read aloud.

Oct 12, 2011
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Pat and Ubby great pals.
by: Anonymous

Great story. I too believe Ubby and Pat could have other adventures.
Nancy Schneider

Oct 12, 2011
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delightful
by: Anonymous

A delightful child's tale.

Oct 11, 2011
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Bella Loves Ubby
by: Erica Floyd

I just loved Ubby! My children thought it was fantastic. My little Bella has carried Kankie ( her little pink blanket) everywhere since she was a baby. Now in kindergarten Kankie goes to school too! Bella also sucks her 2 fingers. I hope after reading about Ubby, Bella will be more willing to stop sucking her fingers. She loves Kankie just like Pat loved Ubby. Such a clever, delightful story! We all loved it!

Oct 11, 2011
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Ubby helps Pat understand how to cure his bad habit
by: Christy Peterson

This is a wonderful story. I can see Ubby on many missions. This could be a series and Pat could help children understand their life issues.

Oct 11, 2011
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A True Friend
by: Felicitie Barnesw

As children we all have our friends, either in our heads or in a more tangible form. This friend is our confidant and accepts us as we are. Ubby is such a friend . He knows what is best for Pat,but will still be there for Pat when he is needed.

Oct 11, 2011
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Relates Well
by: Anonymous

My daughter's Ubby has gone missing throughout her life and continues to come back when times are tough.
Ubby is a great story with a great message for all - you don't have to rid yourself of comfort just change a bit. Growing up is a wonderful process.

Oct 10, 2011
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cute
by: Kathy Long

Well written and age appropriate! Interesting and funny.

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