We read a story about Mr. Gumpy today- he lives in a house by the river, and goes for a ride on his boat. Of course, every child and animal he passes wants to hop in. Sure! But everyone comes in with a caveat. Don't squabble. Don't muck about. Don't bleat.
Of course everyone does, eventually. The boat tips, everyone dries off on the shore, and they all walk back to Mr. Gumpy's for tea and cookies.
It was a sweet story, and the girls got a huge kick out of the play scene I set up afterwards, with a blanket river and big plastic tote for a boat. All their animals asked so nicely to climb in, but later...uh oh!