One day Mark, Juliet, Richard, and Amber went to the park with the Little Green Man to fly
kites. Mark was flying a huge 50 foot dragon kite. Juliet was flying a small bat kite. Richard was trying
to fly a blue and white kite, but he wasn't having much luck. Amber was too young to fly a kite by herself,
so she was just holding Richard's up for him. The Little Green Man didn't have a kite at all, so he used magic
to fly a small cloud around the sky.
Richard was getting very upset because his kite wouldn't fly, and Amber was getting tired of holding it up for
him, so the Little Green Man decided to help. He used his magic to make the kite fly high into the sky.
Amber was so surprised that she forgot to let go of the kite. She flew into the sky also! The Little Green Man
was concerned. He hadn't meant for THAT to happen!
Meanwhile, Mark's kite ran right into the magical cloud and seemed to disappear. A moment later the string fell
to the earth. Mark looked at it, scratching his head wonderingly.
Just then Amber screamed! The detached dragon kite had transformed into a REAL dragon! And it snatched Amber
out of the air and disappeared into the cloud again.
'Uh oh!' said Juliet. 'Mom's going to be mad!'
'Did you see that?' asked Richard excitedly. 'It was a REAL DRAGON!'
'No duh!' said Mark sarcastically. His arms were folded across his chest and he looked angry, but Juliet and
Richard both knew this was only his thoughtful look. After a moment he muttered: 'We have to get up there somehow
to rescue Amber.'
'I can help,' said the Little Green Man. 'You can bounce up!'
'Bounce up?' said Richard dubiously.
The Little Green Man produced a bottle of soap bubbles from his deep pocket, and he quickly blew a 10-foot
bubble around the children. He used his magic.
'Now bounce!' shouted the Little Green Man. 'The bubble won't break until I tell it to.'
The children all started to jump up and down, but the bubble only wobbled around making Richard crash into first
one wall then the other and then into Juliet.
'Hold it,' said Mark, waiting for the others to stop jumping. 'We all need to jump together. Ok, One... Two...
Three... JUMP!' and they all jumped at the same time. The bubble bounced a few inches into the air. When it
came back down Mark yelled 'Jump!' again and they went up about two feet. Over and over they made the bubble bounce
and it went higher and higher until it was as high as the cloud. It wasnt' easy, but they maneuvered the
bubble over to the cloud and came to rest there.
There was a small house-sized castle on the cloud and Amber was in the courtyard playing patty-cake with the
dragon. It wasn't easy for a little girl to play patty-cake with such a large dragon. Every time the dragon
tried to hit Amber's hands with his he would knock her over backwards! Amber would get mad then, and kick him
in the leg. Then she would get up and the whole thing would happen again.
Juliet and Richard thought this was pretty funny. But Mark didn't seem to think so. Instead of laughing, he yelled:
'Hey dragon! Give us back our sister!'
The dragon looked at Mark and blinked. Amber tried to run to her brothers and sister but the dragon grabbed
her and held her back. 'You can't take her away!' cried the dragon. 'If she leaves I will be so lonely!'
'She can't stay here,' said Juliet.
'Well,' said the dragon thoughtfully, 'maybe if you brought me something to take her place...'
'Ok,' Mark interrupted. He abruptly rolled the bubble to the edge of the cloud and it slowly lowered to the ground.
'What now?' asked the Little Green Man. He made the bubble pop and the three kids emerged.
'We have to trade something for Amber,' explained Mark.
'Ok, let's run home and get something,' said the Little Green Man. 'Meet you back here in five minutes!' And off he