Seth slithers out of his hole and tries to say his first word, but all that comes out is ‘Shhh’. His mother encourages Seth to try again, but no luck. All he can say is ‘Shhh’! The jungle animals who have gathered to hear Seth’s first word erupt into giggles and fits of laughter. Whoever heard of a snake that said shhh? The grumpy leopard then tells the other animals that they need to decide on a present to give Seth. The animals shout out suggestions from a toothbrush to leaves. But none of them can agree. Their shouting escalates until Seth cannot take any more. He loudly says ‘SHHHHH!’ The jungle animals then realize that the best gift for Seth would be some peace and quiet.
By Jodie Parachini and Gil McLean, Read by NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle