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Mali, the Snow Fairy

"Well, at least it's not raining today like yesterday!" Mali said as her mom brought her to kindergarten. She was in a bad mood and didn't feel like going at all. "Why can't I simply stay with you? Listen, I have a really bad cough," Mali complained and coughed three times. "Oh, Mali," Mom replied, "that's just a fake cough. Yesterday at grandma's, you heard what a real cough sounds like. I have to take her to the doctor, and it will be much too boring for you in the waiting room." "You're right again!" Mali had to admit. "But you will pick me as early as possible, ok?" Mom nodded as she squeezed Mali's hand. "As early as possible!" she promised.

As they headed across the yard of the kindergarten, Mali saw that the large puddle from the rain the day before was covered with a layer of ice. "Look, Mom, there's ice on the puddle!" Mali said, carefully placing her boot on it. A cracking sound rang out and the thin layer of ice broke. "Be careful!" Mom said, "That sort of ice is rather slippery. Fortunately not all the walkways are icy; otherwise the path would have turned into a really nice sliding adventure. But maybe your wish yesterday is going to be fulfilled." Mali's eyes began to light up. "You mean that it's going to snow today?" Mom laughed: "Yes, you little snow fairy. You complained all afternoon yesterday about the cold rain and wished for snow with your fairy wand. In the weather forecast, they said that it still might snow today." 

After Mali hung up her coat in the cloakroom, she quickly ran to her class and immediately told her best friend Imke: "Imagine, it might still snow today. They said so in the weather forecast." "That would be great!" Imke said enthusiastically. "Come, let's do a snowflake dance, maybe that will also help some," she suggested. Mali and Imke looked for a free corner in the classroom and began to perform ballet movements. Lilli and Elise, who had just put together a jigsaw puzzle, looked up with surprise. "Hey, what are you doing?" Elise asked. "We're doing a snowflake dance, so it might still snow today," Imke explained. "May we join you?" Lilli asked. "Of course! I'll show you the steps we learned in ballet school, they're not hard at all," Mali replied. She turned around and swayed her arms elegantly from right to left. It really didn't look hard, and Lilli and Elise quickly noticed how much fun the snowflake dance was. The four girls got red cheeks in no time, and they started to feel warm.

"Hey, what kind of gymnastics is that?" Matze asked as he laughed and copied the girls' movements. "You can't make it snow just by dancing, that's crazy!" "Matze, cut it out! That's not very nice!" Imke said as she shoved him away. "But I'm a super elegant ballet mouse just like you girls," replied Matze, swinging his arms wildly through the air. That looked so funny that everyone had to laugh. "Quiet down, children," said Nina, one of the kindergarten teachers. "I think that the girls' snowflake dance has helped a bit after all. Look out the window!" And indeed, outside small snowflakes were floating down from the sky. "Yes, it's snowing," rejoiced Mali, sticking her tongue out at Matze. "Now you can see what we ballet girls can do." "Now, now, Mali, that's not polite," Nina scolded, then added: "After breakfast, you may play outside in the snowflakes." The children could hardly wait. While they ate, they watched as a white carpet was laid down in the yard, and the bushes and trees looked as if they were sprinkled with powdered sugar. Rarely had the children gotten dressed for going outside as quickly as today, and all of them were soon flitting back and forth through the yard and garden in front of the house. Nina placed herself next to the icy puddle and made sure that no one slipped on it. All the children’s shoes quickly trampled down the carpet of snow, but fortunately it continued to snow. Mali and Imke spun around in circles and danced with the snowflakes. Elise, Lilli and Milla rolled snowballs and built a little snowman with them. And Matze? He and Felicitas had a wild snowball fight and chased each other across the yard. Completely frozen but with their eyes sparkling, the children returned to the classroom after an hour outside. Saskia, the other teacher, had meanwhile prepared the craft table and explained to the children what she had planned for them. "Look, when you fold the paper three times and cut out small corners from the edge, the result is a beautiful snowflake." The children were excited and got right to work. Snip, snap, snip, beautiful snowflakes were created, and in no time, the craft table was covered with white scraps of paper. While Saskia stuck the finished snow stars onto the window, Milla pushed all the scraps of paper on the table into a small pile. Matze reached into the pile and threw a handful of scraps into the air. "Look here! Although I can't do a snowball dance, I can make it snow in the classroom!" he said laughing. "Hooray, here's some more snow!" rejoiced Felicitas as she too threw scraps of paper into the air. "Halt, stop!" cried Saskia, shaking her head. Now all the scraps of paper were scattered all over the craft area and the children. Lilli and Imke had paper scraps in their hair, and Elise was just then trying to shake the scraps out of the hood of her sweater. Saskia had to smile as she handed Matze the broom. "So, you great snow wizard, anyone who can scatter snowflakes also has to sweep them up. And Felicitas, you can help out too." Both of them laughed as they got to work, and they were not yet done when Mali's mom picked her up. "And, my sweetheart, are you happy about the snow?“ she asked. "Yes, very happy. And look at our beautiful paper snow stars," replied Mali, pointing to the window. "I want to get home quickly and continue to make things. A whole lot of snow stars for my window in the children's room." Mali pulled her mom into the cloakroom and added: "I also have to tell you about our snowflake dance. And I'd really like to make a snow angel in our backyard." Mom laughed: "Well, go for it, you little snow fairy!"
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