“Mom, have you seen Patches?” Polly asked.
“No, not today,” her mom answered as she made lunch.
“Did she go outside when Dad left for work?”
“I don’t think so. We’ll look for her after lunch.”
“Okay,” Polly answered as she sat down at the kitchen table. She devoured her sandwich. “Hurry up Mom!”
Her mom hurriedly finished her sandwich. Polly cleared away the dishes as soon as her mom was done.
The search for Patches began. They looked on the couch and under chairs.
They found her brother’s fire truck but no Patches.
They looked in her favorite sunny spots. They found Polly’s doll but no Patches.
Polly’s mom looked in the basement. She found a squeaky mouse but no Patches.
Polly looked in her parent’s room and in the hamper. She found her bouncy ball but no Patches.
Polly looked in her brother’s messy closet. She found her favorite book but no Patches.
Polly’s mom was heading outside when Polly yelled from upstairs. “MOM!”
Her mom ran up the stairs to Polly’s room. Polly was lying on her stomach with her head under the bed.
“What is it?”
“I found Patches … and five new kittens!”