Mr. Winky owns a clock shop and spends his days fixing a whole variety of clocks. Big clocks, little ones, dirty ones, odd-shaped ones---you name it, he fixes it! But one day his friend Mr. Glum stops by for a visit and announces that it's simply too loud in the clock shop and he couldn't stay for a visit since he cannot even hear himself think. Mr. Winky gets to thinking. . . and realizes that it is too loud for him to think. Mr. Winky goes on a journey to try and find a place that is absolutely, positively quiet. . . until he realizes that no matter where he goes, the noise simply follows!
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Mr. Winky is fond of his noisy clock shop—until Mr. Glum comments on the awful noise, that is. Newly bothered by the constant tick tocks, Mr. Winky decides to leave. But no matter where he goes (the train, the countryside, and the woods), he can’t find any peace. There’s noise everywhere! Before long, Mr. Winky can’t wait to get back to the comfort of his noisy clock shop.
Jean Horton Berg (1914-1995) published over fifty children's books as well as hundred of other short stories and poems. She taught a creative writing course in Radnor, PA for almost thirty years and was a chairwoman on the editorial board of the Pennsylvania Gazette.
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