One morning, Mr. Finkle woke up and did not find Toodles,
his cat, next to him in bed. He couldn't understand it...Toodles always stayed in
bed until he woke up. They would go together and get the newspaper and sit and have
tea and cookies together. But today was different! Toodles was not in bed
where she should have been.
Mr. Finkle was not the kind of person to panic however,
so after searching the whole house he went out to look for her in his very neat yard. He
knew that Toodles' favorite place to nap was in the Daffodil patch, and even though it
wasn't nap time he still decided to look for her there. When he didn't find her, Mr.
Finkle started to wonder where she could be.
Now one thing Mr. Finkle had was a very active
imagination. He noticed that lately Toodles had been reading an unusually high
number of adventure books lately and couldn't help wondering if she had decided to have
one of her own. Just then he saw Toodles coming out from behind the Lilac bushes
with a very sly smile on her face, and he knew that indeed she had been up to something
Toodles sat next to Mr. Finkle at the kitchen table, and
while he poured her a cup of tea, she began to tell him about her adventure...