A perfectly Lovely Time Jasper Halle Anderson Ms Melhiush
A dress all-over lace and ribbons ... stuck with her.
This looks like fun!
Oooh, look, there's a mushroom over there! A pretty red and white spotty mushroom.
Oooh, look, so there is! For fairies to sit on.
Tree spirits, as if anyone believes in them. Laura the loony
Close call with tree spirits.
Careful. After some accidents people can't even climb into their treehouse.
Jasper has forced to entertain a younger girl, Laura who wants to play in his tree-house. On this 'perfectly lovely day' Laura's sinister tales change Jasper's views on how tough he is and also makes him question just how sweet she is and just how innocent his backyard is.
A perfectly lovely alternative to death, sacrifices and danger.
Perhaps we should all go and sit safely in ... your treehouse?
They wander away from the house and Jasper teases Laura for liking pretty mushrooms. Laura tells a not so innocent story about mushroom poison that leads to a swelling and bursting tongue and even to murder. Jasper remains suspicious but is a little surprised at a little girl talking of murders.
Under the surface.
You're a nasty evil little girl and you ought to be locked up!
Jasper continues to be annoyed by Laura even after her spooky story. She warns him about tree spirits when a huge piece of bark tears itself noisily loose and lands like a sword, missing Jasper by centimetres. He jumps but pretends not to care. Coincidence or not? Jasper is a little unsure.
I know what! Perhaps they'd rather show me their tree house instead!
As they travel further away from the house Laura tries to convince a very reluctant Jasper to find safety in the treehouse by telling stories of 'shark spiders and murdered skulls...' Jasper is intrigued at first but then becomes increasingly frustrated. He decides to take control and his initial frustration becomes aggressive.
Cool story but this girl is a freak!
Jasper furiously drags Laura to the pond where he plans to abandon her. She tells the boys the watercress could be frightfully poisonous hemlock! But Jasper is finally fed up with Laura's stories and yells insults at her before racing away and hiding.
How perfectly mean!
That "watercress" could make a perfectly lovely sandwich.
Jasper now realises he doesn't entirely trust Laura and her watercress offering. It is this twist in the story that shows the transition of Jasper from mean and frustrated to cautious and a little scared. Laura suggests he offers her a treehouse visit instead of risking the sandwiches but the story is left hanging and we are unsure if Jasper can change enough.