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. Volume XX Number 11. . . .November 15, 2013
Off Loula goes, being careful to pack the essentials (her cat, tea set and best drawing) in order to get as far away as she can from the TERRIBLE triplets. Her opera star mother hopes she won't catch cold, and her mustache-maker father warns her not to come home too late.
"Fine! Loula exclaims. "Nobody cares about me. I am never coming back." Fortunately, Gilbert the family chauffeur, is around to point her in the right direction and to advise Mademoiselle Loula that she needs to take a ship to get to Africa. Together, Gilbert and Loula have a fine time getting to and exploring the mysterious continent in their matching imaginations. On "arriving" in Africa, the little grey cloud which has been hovering over Loula's head from the beginning of the story (and becoming gradually smaller) dissipates. When Mademoiselle Loula eventually runs out of energy, her chauffeur volunteers to take her home from Africa. It is not so far away, whispers Gilbert.
A retired teacher-librarian, Valerie Nielsen lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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