The morning was early and Jake decided to go ahead and go to Midge's house. He strolled along the sidewalk enjoying the quiet morning in the sun. He saw something in the middle of the road that looked like a ball that some child must have lost.
“Looks like someone lost their ball,” thought Jake.
He ran to the ball and when he got close to it, he thought, “That's a funny looking ball. It isn't very round like most balls I've played with.”
He put his nose close to the ball and quickly jumped back from it. “Oh!” thought Jake. “This is a really stinky ball. No wonder they threw it away. I think the ball is rotten.”
Jake tried to pick the ball up and it was falling apart. The outside covering was falling off in pieces. He threw it down and pushed it with his nose. More of the covering came off as he shoved it down the street. Now the smell got worse and his eyes began to water and burn.