Third Place Winner Level I - Molly Zmudka
Hoover Elementary School, Dubuque
"Always Wear Clean Underwear! And Other Ways
Parents Say 'I Love You' "
by Marc Gellman
Dear Marc Gellman:
It was pouring down rain at Girl Scout camp. My Brownie
Troop was in our cabin reading stories when one of my friends
pulled your book, Always Wear Clean Underwear, out of her duffle
bag. We all gathered on a couch around the fireplace,
laughing loudly at the title. When she started to read
"Don't Pee in the Pool," I knew immediately that I was going to
get your book right away and read every chapter!
All of the chapters in your book remind me of what my mom always
tells me, like "Cover Your Mouth When You
Sneeze" or "Because I Say
So." I used to think she would say
all those things just to annoy me, but I learned from your book
that my mom says those things because she loves me.
My favorite chapter was "Keep Your Shoes Off the
Couch," because now I know what's under my shoes and
that many gross things could be on my couch when I sit
down. I also learned that if I do not eat my
vegetables, I will not live a long and healthy life.
Now I know that when my mom says "money doesn't grow on
trees," it really means that we should use our money
wisely and not spend it on foolish things.
Most of the rules that my parents tell me over, and over, and
over again are in your book. Now I always try to stand
up straight, keep my feet off the couch, and even eat my
vegetables. And, when I hear "do your
homework" for the millionth time, I know it's because my
parents want me to get a good education. This is just
one of the many ways they say "I love you."
But most importantly, I want you to know, I never did pee in the