Introduction to the Twins and Their Home
This is a picture of the little
Back of the house there is a pasture and a
This is a fishing-raft which once belonged to Twins' father. He kept it tied to a coconut tree at the river's edge. You can see the place on the map.
was a little tiny house like a tent in the middle of
the raft. It was covered with nipa thatch like the roof
Here are the Twins who live in the little
This is the Twins' mother. Her name is
Petra (pronounced Pā′tra). She is
sitting out of doors embroidering pretty white leaves
on a piece of white cloth. She is thinking about what
she will cook for supper. She knows it is almost
This is the father of Ramon and Rita. His name is Felix
Santos (pronounced Fā′-leex Sahn′-tōs).
He is tired, for he has just come back from
plowing in the hot
This is old Bobtail, the carabao, with his friend the white heron on his back. When she is not with old Bobtail the heron flies away to the mangrove swamp across the river, but no one has ever yet found her nest. She likes to ride on Bobtail's back. Bobtail likes to have her, because she catches the flies and bugs that always swarm about him. Bobtail is tired from the plowing, too, so he has broken out of his pasture and is going to the river to rest himself by wallowing in the mud.
This is Dingo, the Twins' dog. Their teacher named him Dingo when he was a puppy. Dingo is a yellow dog. The teacher said that was why she named him Dingo. Ramon and Rita could not see why that was a reason, but they called him Dingo just the same. Dingo hears the Twins coming home from school; so he is running to meet them, barking and wagging his tail.
This is Fatty, the pig, with her six little pigs. They
belong to the Twins' father. They are running because
they hear him coming and they know it is
This is the goat, and her little kid. The Twins call her "Maah" because that is the sound she makes. She is saying it now in the picture. The kid hasn't any name because it is so very new that the Twins have not thought of a name yet.
Here are the ducks. They are hungry, too. They are going down to the river to hunt for bugs and little frogs for their supper.