CHAPTER 3 of 22




Chapter 3 ----Getting to know English children

It is Saturday. Mr and Mrs Frost are shopping at their local supermarket.

Rosa is alone for the first time with Elisabeth and Isaac. They are in the

living-room. The two Frost children are sitting in front of the television. They

are watching a Tom and Jerry cartoon.


Tom is a cat and Jerry is a mouse. The mouse is very intelligent and gives the

cat a difficult time. The cartoon is popular in many countries and Rosa often

watches it in Spain, but she is not watching it with the children.


Rosa is taking some coloured crayons and some paper from a plastic bag.

First, she draws a picture of her English family's kitchen. She then draws Tom

and Jerry. Tom the cat is on the kitchen table and Jerry is under it. The mouse

is drinking the cat's milk.


Soon Elisabeth and Isaac are looking at Rosa's picture. Rosa is very happy

because she has the two English children's attention. She quickly takes some

coloured paper from her bag. The paper is for Japanese Origami.


"What are you doing?" Elisabeth asks.


"Watch me and you'll see!" she says.


Soon the children are drawing their own pictures and playing with paper

models of Tom and Jerry.


Later that morning, Mr & Mrs Frost arrive home. They are very happy to

see their children together with the young lady from Spain.


"What a surprise!" Mr Frost says. "The children usually watch television all

the morning, but now you have their full attention. How do you do it? Do you

have a Spanish secret?"


"Your children don't understand Spanish and I don't have any secrets", says

Rosa modestly. She does not tell them about the big, black book.


In the evening, Rosa phones her mother in Madrid. Maruja is glad to hear

that her daughter is safe and well. Rosa is happy to tell Maruja about English

children, Tom & Jerry and international psychology.