What's behind that desk in front??
|Photo courtesy of the de Grummond|
Children's Literature Collection
I'm not very tall. In fact, I have a hard time seeing you over the top of the desk. So what I want to know is, what's behind that desk, that is, besides you? Because I'm really not tall, and I can't see what's back there.
Curious George (Age 3 1/2)
Well, mostly it's dull stuff that we need to do our work. It's envelopes and staplers and rubber bands and binders of information. We have a cart for books, that's sometimes full, and sometimes empty, and sometimes, in between. We have chairs and rulers and paper, glue and paper clips, pens and pencils, scissors, due date slips and address slips for sending books to other libraries. You know, the usual stuff. Pretty dull actually, unless you have a crafty project to do.
However.... Some of us think we have a nisse living in our library. A nisse is short, even shorter than you, and very shy, so we don't see him very often, if at all. He's kind of a gnome or sprite, from Scandinavia originally. How he got here, we have no idea, although some say that a nisse could immigrate with his family. If you take good care of a nisse, they bring you good luck and help you with your work. If you're not nice, they play tricks on you. Yes, they have a mischievous nature. Our nisse is pretty good, but every now and then, he can be a real pistol. A library is not where you want an unhappy nisse. The opportunities for playing tricks are enormous! When you want a certain book and you just can't find it, well, it might just be our nisse has stuck it someplace it just doesn't belong. A nisse usually wears a red hat, so if you see a red hat, streaking around a corner, you may just have spied our nisse. Anyway, we think he likes to hang out behind the desk with us, although we don't usually see him.
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