Now one Foot, Now the Other



Two illustrations for a story written by Tomie dePaola

Bob was the grandfather who taught Bobby how to walk when he was young. They enjoyed building a tower with some wood blocks together while Bob always made Bobby laugh because his sneeze would finally make the tower fall.

One day Bob got a stroke, which made him very sick. He could not talk or move. What's worse, Bob might not remember Bobby anymore.

Bobby felt afraid and sad when he was looking at this "different" grandfather. But he still wants to stay and play with Bob even there were few reactions from him.

Bob got better at the end of the story.

"When the weather got nice and warm, Bob said 'You. Me. Walk.' Bobby knew exactly what Bob wants to do. Bobby stood in front of Bob and let Bob lean on his shoulders.

'OK, Bob, Now one foot, now the other foot.’"

Commissioned by Children's Literature, a monthly serial novel magazine.