With the beginning of seventh grade Droozy had become the teachers’ pet. She was an excellent student, straight A’s. She had learned English rapidly and spoke as well as any of her classmates except that she sometimes made a “v” out of a “w”, for example she’d say “vieners” instead of “wieners”.

Her English teachers were a Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, who were exceptionally kind to young Droozy. They would often take time after class explaining strange little phrases called idioms. Mr. McElroy the math teacher insisted that Droozy would some day become a mathematician since she rarely made an error in addition, multiplication, or division. One day when she earned a B on her exam Droozy became sad and tearful. Mr. McElroy comforted her by assuring her that no one can earn one hundreds all the time, and that one test did not mean that she would not earn an A on her final report card.

One day the children were asked to write a composition which they would have to read aloud in class. Droozy was called upon to read hers to the class. She was full of enthusiasm and did not hesitate to share her story with her classmates. As Droozy was reading, hilarious laughter broke out. Droozy became very embarrassed and could not understand why this had happened. She looked around, gazed down at her dress thinking that perhaps her slip was showing. She felt the back of her dress, perhaps it was unbuttoned or untied; she felt her face and wiped her nose carefully with her handkerchief, yet the laughter continued. Droozy stopped reading altogether, she was so ashamed; she could feel her cheeks become tomato red. The more upset she became, the louder became the laughter. What had happened, what had happened? Mrs. Campbell clapped her hands together and demanded that the class stop the noise. She then quietly explained that a phrase that her star pupil had used was wrong. Droozy had described a river as having deep/shallow waters. She had not understood that deep and shallow are opposites of each other. It did teach Droozy to look into a dictionary when she was not certain of the meaning of a word that she wanted to use.

Pork Dumplings
Please Don't Eat the Goldfish
Pretty Shoes
Blueberry Cake
The Garden
The Red Rabbit
The Lost Bathing Tickets
What Shall I Do?  The Double Message
Pieces of Gold
Aromas of the Sabbath
The Birth of a Brother
Green Apples
Herr Kübler
The Broken Leg
Boarding School
The American Calendar
Suse Puppe
Shirley Temple Eyes
Kristallnacht Nov. 9, 10, 11
Aunt (Tante) Mathilde
Ice Skates
The Cologne Cathedral
The Escape
A Belgian Holiday
Gas Balloons and the S. S. Washington
The Statue
A Bad Dream
A Pencil Thief
The West Virginia Hills
Ice Cream, Grieben and Baked Spaghetti
The Gypsy’s Song
Venetian Blinds
The Deaf One
Dimmed Lights
Norma Mae
The Spelling Bee
Run, Thief, Run!
The Candy Store
The Birthday Party
Deep, Shallow Waters
Red Riding Hood
Small Mama
Droozy In Love
Eskimo Pies
Apple Picking Time
Working Days
Easter Baskets
Blind Joe
Lessons Learned From Parents
About the Author