Bounce, Tigger, Bounce

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Roo was waiting for Tigger. He was just beginning to think that Tigger would never come. Just then, Tigger bounced up to the path. He bounced so hard that a big blob of snow fell off the roof. Plop! It landed on Roo?s head.
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?Hi! Little buddy,? Tigger said. ?Are you ready to go bouncing??
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?I am, I am.? Roo cried.
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Off they went.
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Tigger took big bounces like this: Boing! Boing! Boing!
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Roo took little ones like this: Boing! Boing! Boing!
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Tigger and Roo bounced deeper into the woods. Soon they came to a tall tree. Roo looked way up in the branches.
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?Can Tigger climb the tree?? He asked.
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?Climbing trees is what Tigger does best,? said Tigger. ?Only they don?t just climb them, they bounce them! Here, I will show you!?
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Tigger bent down and Roo hopped on his shoulders. Up the tree they bounced. Boing?boing?boing.
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Soon they reached the very top. Tigger looked down and his head began to spin. Suddenly, Tigger?s tail felt funny too. Roo was swinging back and forth on it.
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?S-s-stop that,? Tigger begged. ?You?re rocking the forest.?
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Just then, Pooh and Piglet came by.
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?Help!? Tigger yelled down.
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?Tigger!? Pooh yelled up. ?And Roo! What are you doing up there??
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?Tigger is stuck,? said Roo.
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Pooh and Piglet hurried off to get some help. They came right back with Kanga, Rabbit and Christopher Robin.
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?Tigger is stuck,? Roo told his mother.
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?That?s too bad,? she said.
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?No, it?s good,? Rabbit said. ?Tigger can?t bounce on anyone up there.?
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?Well,? said Christopher Robin, ?We have to get them both down.?
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Christopher Robin took off his coat. Pooh grabbed a corner.
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?Here I come!? cried Roo. ?Wheeee!? He jumped right into the coat.
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Then it was Tigger?s turn. ?Jump, Tigger!? said Christopher Robin.
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?Tigger?s don?t jump,? said Tigger.? ?They bounce.?
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?Then you will have to climb down,? said Christopher Robin.
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?Tigger?s can?t climb down,? said Tigger. ?Their tails get in the way.? And he wrapped his tail tightly around the tree trunk.
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?If I ever get down,? Tigger grasped, ?I promise never to bounce again!?
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Rabbit?s ears snapped straight up. ?I heard that!? He cried.
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Well, it took awhile, but not forever. Tigger didn?t jump down and he didn?t climb down. He unwrapped his tail and slowly slid down the tree. Plop! He landed in the soft snow. He was so happy to be back down that he felt like bouncing.
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?No, no, no!? Rabbit cried. ?You promised. No bouncing!?
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?You mean I can?t ever bounce again?? Cried Tigger.
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?Never,? Rabbit said.
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?Not even one teensy weensy bounce?? Tigger asked.
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?Not even one,? Rabbit replied.
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Tigger?s chin dropped. His tail drooped. Sadly he turned away. Tigger?s friend?s stared at him. They all felt so sad too. Except for Rabbit, he was smiling.
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Roo looked from Rabbit to Tigger and back again.
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?I like the old bouncy Tigger best,? he said at last.
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?Me too,? everyone else added, everyone but Rabbit.
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?What about you Rabbit?? said Kanga.
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?Well,? said Rabbit, ?I?ah?I?that is, I?? For once Rabbit didn?t know what to say.
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Rabbit thought about all the times Tigger had bounced on him. Then he thought about how sad Tigger seemed without his bounce.
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?Oh, all right,? he finally added. ?I guess I like the old Tigger better too.?
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Before Rabbit could change his mind, Tigger said, ?Come on Rabbit, let?s bounce!?
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?Me bounce?? Rabbit said.
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?Why not?? Tigger said. ?You have the best feet for it.?
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Rabbit looked down at his big, flat feet.
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?You have!? Everyone else agreed.
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Rabbit tried a little bounce. Boing! Then tried a bigger one. Boing! Soon he was bouncing just like Tigger.
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?Come on,? Rabbit cried. ?Everybody bounce!?
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So they did. They all bounced together through the woods.

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