"My Birthday Surprise"
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Tenma Mori was so excited! His "big"
day had finally arrived! He had
reminded everyone in Mitaka-shi about
his birthday on August 26th, for a long
time. Tenma had not wanted a single
person to forget this special day.
Today he was 7.
For months now, Tenma had been
dreaming day and night about his
party. He had asked his friends
again and again, "Do you suppose my
birthday will ever get here?" There
were many names on his invitation list.
Tenma hoped Eito, Shohei and Satoru
could come. He was really looking
forward to a great time!
It seemed to Tenma that his dreams
always started out the same way. He
would be sitting in the middle of an
enormous room all dressed up for his
party. Beside him was a key ring with
10 magic keys, each a different color.
Around him would be doors, and
Tenma knew that the keys were there
to open those matching, colored doors.
In each dream, Tenma would find
many happy, wonderful surprises
behind the locked doors… except
for one. There were 11 doors, but only 10
keys. Tenma wondered how he would
get into that last room. There wasn't
even a knob on the door. Every time
he would start to search for the missing
key, he would wake up. Oh well!
Maybe Eito, Shohei and Satoru could
In his dreams, Tenma liked to start
with the blue key that unlocked the
blue door. The blue room looked as if it
held a billion bouncing balloons.
There were balloons of different
shapes, colors and sizes, and Tenma
had fun walking through them. There
was one balloon that had to be the
biggest, bluest balloon she had ever
seen. This was so much fun, Tenma
raced on to the next door !
The second door opened up to a white
room with lots and lots of birthday
cakes. There were tiny cakes and
gigantic cakes and cakes just big
enough for Tenma to eat all by himself.
Some cakes were huge, but there was
one snowy white cake behind the white
door that had 7 huge layers. It was a
cake for Tenma. He wanted to show
all these beautiful cakes to Eito, Shohei
When Tenma opened the cherry red
door, he almost fell backward! What a
fun dream! In front of him was a
monstrous mountain of melting ice
cream. There were cherries,nuts,
whipped cream and syrup running
down the sides. Tenma thought it
would be so much fun to slide down
this kind of mountain. What a
delightful, delicious time he would
Tenma giggled when he opened the
orange door to the clown room. Inside
he found forty funny clowns, most of
them with bright orange hair. There
were fat clowns and thin clowns, short
clowns and tall clowns, happy clowns
and sad clowns. Some clowns did
tricks while other silly clowns just
clowned around. Inthis orange room,
Tenma laughed until he could laugh no
The green room had so many presents
that Tenma had trouble opening the
door. He wondered if any of the gifts
were from Eito, Shohei and Satoru. He
was hoping that one of those boxes
would have something very nice he
could play with on his birthday.
Maybe it was the gigantic green gift
box! Should he open it? No, he must
hurry to the next door.
Tenma jumped up and down when he
opened the glittering gold door and
found a golden room full of rides
for his birthday party. In the middle of the
room was a beautiful gold
merry-go-round. Surrounding it,
Tenma could see the ponies with their
golden saddles, a train ride and even
a small ferris wheel !
A pink door opened up into a candy
room. Tenma was amazed at all the
candy. He found suckers, gumdrops,
lollipops, peppermint sticks, hard
candies, soft candies and all kinds of
chocolate candies. There was also the
biggest, bubbliest bunch of pink bubble
gum that he had ever seen. Tenma
knew that he would have to share this
candy with Eito, Shohei and Satoru or
he would have a big tummyache.
Behind the brown door were many,
many huggable animals. Tenma
wanted to hold and squeeze the soft,
cuddly brown teddy bears, as well as
the cats, dogs, monkeys and dinosaurs.
Some of the other animals, like the
giraffe, were taller than Tenma. Others
were so small they would fit in his
hand. If he put all these animals in his
room, he might not be able to find
his bed. Wow, that would be neat !
When Tenma opened the yellow door,
he found a yellow room filled with
games fit for a king. Tenma saw pin
the tail on the donkey, a fishing pond,
balloons for water fights, jacks,
musical chairs, drop the clothespin in
the bottle, bobbing for yellow apples,
hopscotch and ring toss. Tenma knew
exactly which games he would play
first in the yellow room.
Using the shiny silver key, Tenma
opened the silver door and saw colorful
streamers decorating every inch of the
tenth room. He also found everything
else he needed for his birthday party.
Here were the plates, cups, napkins,
forks and spoons. For his guests, there
were stacks and stacks of silver
whistles, silver bells, horns, blowers,
birthday hats and other party favors.
He knew that he was ready for his
birthday party when he saw the squirt
Tenma found himself in front of the
last door that had no key. He leaned
against the door to peek through the
keyhole and, as he did, the door
silently opened. He looked inside.
The rainbow-colored room was ready
for a birthday party with something
from each of the other ten rooms, but
Tenma was puzzled. Something was
missing! How could a birthday party
be fun if you were all alone? He
became very sad.
Suddenly many voices sang out
"Surprise!" and "Happy Birthday!" at
the same time. Tenma Mori blinked
his eyes and immediately stopped
daydreaming. He turned around and
saw Eito, Shohei and Satoru. This was
his best birthday surprise of all ! Now
he knew that having family and friends
was much more important than all the
presents and decorations or even the
cake. Oh, it was fun to be 7 and have a
birthday celebration !
Happy Birthday !
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