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My two-wheeler has four wheels.

"No peeking!" said Daddy. I stood in the yard with my eyes almost closed. "OK" he said. "Open your eyes now. Happy Birthday!"

"Oh, wow! A two-wheeler! It's just what I wanted!" I said.

My new bike was blue, my favorite color. It had sparkly handlebars, the kind I love.

But my new bike had FOUR wheels.

"I didn't want a two-wheeler with four wheels," I said. "I wanted a two-wheeler with two wheels."

"The training wheels help you learn to ride," said Daddy. "Once you know how, we'll take them off."

I laughed. "I already know how to ride. Watch me."

I put on my helmet, got on my new bike, wobbled. I leaned to the light.

It wobbled more. I leaned to the left. It wobbled even more!

"Don't lean," said Daddy. "Use the training wheels to balance."

I tried, but it was too late.

C-R-A-S-H! My bike fell over, right into a big bush!

"Maybe the training wheels don't work," I said.

"Maybe you need to practice a little more" Daddy said.

Again and again, I rode up and down the block. Pretty soon, my bike hardly wobbled.

"Hey, Daddy," I yelled. "Look at me go!"

I was getting too good for training wheels.

Suddenly, a big white cat ran in front of me. I put my feet

down to stop. But my bike kept going!

"Push back on the pedals," called Daddy. "Use your brakes."

I tried, but I pushed back so hard, I forgot to balance. My bike wobbled to the right. Then it wobbled to the left.

Just as the cat ran off into the yard, C-R-A-S-H! My bike landed on the grass.

"It's a good thing you are wearing your helmet," said Daddy.

"And long pants," I said. "I didn't even scrape my knees."

I looked at the training wheels.

"Do you want me to take them off?" asked Daddy.

I thought about the bush. I thought about the grass. I thought about the cat.

"Nope," I said. "Not yet. A two-wheeler with four wheels is just what I wanted!"
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Title Annotation:short story
Author:Haspel, Diane E.
Publication:Humpty Dumpty's Magazine
Date:Mar 1, 1994
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