T H E W I D E A W A K E O W L
Olga, the little owl, could not sleep. She was wide awake.
She tried to sleep, like all owls do, during the daytime. But she could not sleep a wink.
She tried sleeping with only one eye shut the way owls do.
Then she tried sleeping with the other eye shut.
And at last she shut both eyes as tight as she could for a long, long time. But it was no use.
The little owl could not sleep. She was wide awake.
“What shall I do?” she said to herself. “I must sleep. Everyone has to sleep.”
At last Olga decided to ask the wise old owl who lived nearby what to do. She flew over to the oak tree where the wise old owl lived.
The wise old owl, with only one eye shut, was sound asleep in the bright sunlight.
“Excuse me,” said Olga gently.
The wise old owl kept right on sleeping.
“Excuse me,” said Olga again in a louder voice.
But the old owl kept right on sleeping.
“EXCUSE me!” screeched Olga as loud as she could.
“WHO ... WHO ... What’s the matter?” said the wise old owl as he woke up.
“I can’t sleep,” said Olga.
“Well I CAN!” said the wise old owl and went right back to sleep again.
“Please help me,” said Olga. “What shall I do? I can’t sleep a wink.”
The wise old owl grumbled and half-opened his eyes.
“Did you try sleeping with one eye shut?” he asked.
“Yes,” said Olga.
“Try it again ... right now!” said the wise old owl.
Again Olga shut one eye tight and tried to sleep. The wise old owl watched her a moment.
“Asleep yet?” he asked.
“No,” said Olga.
“Try sleeping with the other eye shut.”
Olga tried that too and after another moment the old owl asked:
“No,” said Olga.
The old owl thought a few minutes.
“Well, then,” he said ... “I don’t like to advise this because owls do not usually sleep this way ...
but try sleeping with both eyes shut.”
Olga shut both her eyes tight as she could. The wise old owl watched her carefully for two long minutes. The he shouted:
Olga’s eyes popped open. She sadly shook her head.
“Well, there’s no more I can do for you,” said the wise old owl. And he shut one eye again and promptly went back to sleep.
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