A Portrait of Friendship
Piglet likes painting. He paints everything in the Hundred-Acre Wood. He paints the tall, leafy trees. And the bright, yellow sun. And flowers of every size and color.
One day, Piglet decides to paint something different. He wants to paint his friends!
Everyone feels very happy.
The next day, Piglet begins to paint with Pooh.
“Pooh, Come and sit! I will paint your portrait.”
“Oh, is that now?” Pooh asks. “I’m going to fill up my honeypot—and fill up my tummy. But since I’ve made a promise, you can paint my picture now.
“I’m sure my tummy can wait,” although he is not sure.
“Now sit still, Pooh, don’t move.”
Pooh sits still, but his tummy does not. It rumbles to the left, and it rumbles to the right.
Finally, Pooh’s tummy rumbles too much. Pooh stands up.
“Sorry, Piglet, but I’m too hungry,” says Pooh. He picks up his honeypot and begins to eat honey.
Next, Piglet tries painting Rabbit. He gives Rabbit some carrots to hold.
“The carrots remind me of my garden,” says Rabbit, jumping up. “I have to work on my garden. Sorry, Piglet, we can finish the painting next time.” Rabbit runs away.
When Piglet is painting Tigger, Tigger can’t stop bouncing. “Sorry, Piglet, but I like bouncing! I can’t stop！” Tigger cries.
Piglet waits for Tigger to stop bouncing.
Then Kanga and Roo arrives. But Tigger is so excited to see Roo, he hugs little Roo, and they bounce off into the Wood.
When Piglet starts painting Eeyore, it’s all good. Eeyore sits still, for a very long time.
“Eeyore, I only finished your portrait. ” says Piglet.
“That’s too bad,” says Eeyore.
“Everyone has too much to do,” says Piglet.
“I’m just doing what I always do——stay still. Not much.” says Eeyore.
Piglet thinks for a moment. “That’s it!” he cries. “I need to paint my friends when they do what they like.”
Piglet goes to find Pooh. He paints Pooh when he is following a bee.
Then he paints bees following Pooh.
And Pooh eating honey.
Then Piglet paints Rabbit working in the garden.
As for Tigger, it’s hard. Because Tigger is bouncing, and bouncing, and bouncing. All the time! But finally, Piglet did it.
Piglet is very happy. He can’t wait to show his paintings.
His friends walk around, and look at all the paintings. They don’t say a word. Piglet begins to worry.
Do they not like his paintings?
Finally, Pooh clears his throat, he says. “Your paintings are wonderful. They’re so good. We all like your paintings.” Then he says, “I’m sorry, Piglet.”
“For I didn’t sit still when you were painting. I ran away to eat honey.” says Pooh.
Piglet says, “It’s not right to ask you to sit still. You all like to move, rather than sit.” He looks at Eeyore. “Except Eeyore.”
Piglet continues, “Everyone is good at different things. My paintings show you doing the things you love. I’m very lucky. I have so many good friends!”