Jen: Hi Samantha, what are you and the root beer girls doing?
Samantha: Well, Amy and Wendy were telling me about how last year at Christmas time, you and W. went with your uncle to see the Nutcracker ballet at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, and I've read about a friend who helped costume dancers in the Nutcracker in Georgia, so we were wondering what it's all about. We went downstairs and found the book, and I told them I'd read it to them.
Jen: Oh, the Nutcracker is a great story. M. was reading another version of the story in a library book from school. It's so nice of you to read to the little ones. Well, enjoy it!
Samantha: Thanks, Jen. We will. "Clara started cheering on her beloved nutcracker and the wooden soldiers. They fought valiantly, but the mice outnumbered them. As Clara watched , her brave nutcracker raised his sword, ready to attack the mouse king...."