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Sancho moves to America. Rocío Cumplido, escrirtora española. Cuentos infantiles en ingles

The first rays of sunshine were coming into Ashley’s bedroom, but Sancho had already been awake for hours; he could not sleep well last night.

Sancho was exited, nervous, sad and happy, all at the same time. The reason for all those feelings was that Sancho was going to live in America! In New York City! And he would get on a plane for the first time in his life! Sancho was tired walking around the room waiting for the alarm clock to got off, so he climbed on Ashley’s bed and began to lick her face and bark to wake her up.

Have you already guessed it? ....

That is right! Sancho is a dog! Ashley’s parents bought it for her when they came to Spain some years ago, so that the girl would not feel lonely. But now they are going to start a new life together. But the journey would not be as Sancho thought, he thought that he could travel with Ashley and they could look at the clouds from the window of the plane together, but that is not allowed.

First of all Ashley put Sancho into a Dog cage with some water and food, then a man, who Sancho did not know put him in a dark place inside the plane with another pets which were also very scared. “Keep calm guys; we are going to live in the land of opportunities! You should not be afraid, you should be exited!” said a brown hamster that was in a hamster cage in front of Sancho. “Listen to me guys”, said the hamster. "My name is Pepe, but my friends call me Pepo. I'm known as Shut Up Stink Bug by my owner's mother." I have been travelling to the States since I was just two months old, and I can assure you that everything will be ok”.

Sancho was not sure if he should believe the hamster, he just wanted to be with Ashley and play hide and seek with her again, but that would have to wait, so he closed his eyes and slept for the rest of the trip. Sancho woke up on a red sofa. “It must be the new house” thought Sancho.

In fact, Ashley and their parents were unpacking boxes and suitcases, so Sancho took the opportunity to inspect his new home. At first, he tried to find the garden, but there was not a garden anywhere, then the dog climbed on a chair and looked through a window then, he discovered that the house was very far away from the ground! He was just able to see high buildings and skyscrapers and it disappointed Sancho a lot.

After a couple of days, all the family went for a walk to do some sightseeing, but this was not as amusing as Sancho thought. Although he was happy to go out of that weird house, he also began to be scared, because New York streets looked even weirder, especially a street called Times Square.

There were too many people and they could not stop colliding each other, even some of them stepped on Sancho’s tail! Sancho saw a policeman on a horse, he got closer to the horse and started to sniff its legs, Sancho had to scare the horse because suddenly, the horse made a terrible sound. Sancho was so frightened that he slipped its collar and ran through the crowd, until he realized that he was alone! Sancho was really sad now. “What can I do?” thought the poor dog. “I don’t know how to go back home!”

Sancho tried to speak with a cat that was looking for fish in a bin and then with a dog that was waiting for a bus with its owner. But none of them wanted to help him. Moreover, they mocked him because Sancho could not speak their language very well. Sancho had walked for hours when a delicious smell caught his attention, Sancho was starving, so he followed the smell until the back of a Spanish restaurant, there the dog found a couple of squirrels dancing flamenco.

The squirrels danced really well and when they finished their show the dog barked and moved his tail to show them that he enjoyed it, the squirrels thanked him and they became friends immediately. The squirrels came into the restaurant, been careful that the chief would not see them to get some food for Sancho; the dog ate the food almost without chewing.

After that Sancho told the squirrels his story. “That is a pity”, said one of the squirrels. “But don’t be disappointed with the city; you have just seen the bad side. If you open your mind, you will see that not all the animals are conceited and not all the people hurt their pets. If you do not believe me, I will take you to the most beautiful place in the city; to prove that I am telling the truth”. Sancho and the squirrels went into the underground without anyone seeing them, and they went to the most amazing place of the city.

They went to Central Park! “The squirrel was right”, thought the dog. “It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen!” It looked like an enormous garden full of trees and flowers where people and pets could walk, do exercise and have fun. Now Sancho could see that he was wrong about people and pets, there were many people taking care of their pets and having fun with them.

What is more, Sancho found an old friend there. There was a young man having a nap under an elm and near him, there was a small hamster cage that Sancho had already seen before, with a familiar brown hamster inside of it. It was Pepe! Sancho was exited to see a familiar face but Pepe was even more, they were talking about Sancho’s experience until the young man woke up from his nap. When Pepe’s owner saw that the dog was alone, he looked at Sancho’s name plate and found a telephone number on it.

Pepe’s owner phoned the number immediately and as soon as Sancho’s family received the happy news, all of them went to Central Park to pick up Sancho. Ashley was so happy to find the dog that she did not stop hugging Sancho all the way back home. That night Sancho slept on Ashley’s bed and he had dreams about all his adventures, misadventures, his new friends and how much he had learnt about this wonderful city.

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