Once upon a time, Yulia and Gosha – sister and brother – were home alone. Their parents got stuck at work, and the children were bored. They've played all the games, they built the cat a new house out of a shoebox, and they'd even had a pillow fight.
- So what else should we do? – asked Gosha, sadly.
- Let's make some kind of a new toy! - Yulia suggested.
- What for? - Gosha was surprised. – We have so many toys already, a whole box...
- But those are real toys, from the store. We'll make one ourselves, for example, we can sew a kitten!
Gosha agreed. They got some rags and pieces of cloth from their mother's sewing kit, and picked out a big gray pocket from their dad's old coat for the kitten. And then they got to work.
First, they cut out the two halves of the kitten's body and head. Then they sewed the pieces together, leaving just a tiny hole in the side in order to stuff him with cotton. They had to get the cotton out of an old sofa, because all the other cotton was locked away in the medicine cabinet. Their mom always locked the medicine cabinet so they wouldn't accidentally eat some sort of cool-looking pills and get poisoned!
The old sofa was supposed to be thrown out a long time ago, but dad could never find the time to do it. "I just don't have the time!" - dad would say to mom. The children were always surprised by this because dad always had the time to pick them up and lift Gosha and Yulia up in the air like weights at the gym!
But let's get back to the kitten. They made a nose out of a red round button, and the eyes out of two green buttons. Then they made a tongue out of a small piece of red cloth and glued it under the nose.
The kitten turned out crooked, but really cute. Yulia looked at him and said -
--This is going to be kitten Mormitten!
- Why is he a mitten? - Gosha was confused.
- You're a mitten! – Yulia laughed. – He's not a mitten, he's Mormitten!
- Where is he going to live? - Gosha asked.
- What do you mean, where? - Yulia was surprised. – In our toy box...
- Nope, - said Gosha. – Real toys will bully him there. He's new, and when you're new, you get bullied...
Gosha had recently started going to a new kindergarten, and the kids there didn't want to be friends with him. So Gosha knew what he was talking about.
– Well, okay, – Yulia agreed. – He can stay on the old sofa under the pillow for now. Later, when the other toys decide to be friends with him, he can move into the box.
The children put Mormitten under the pillow and went into their room to wait for mom and dad to come home.