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What Could It Be, Beverly?

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  What Could It Be, Beverly?

Story was created by the KMAC Kids 1999-2000

Beverly's family

Beverly lived with her dog Midnight, her dad Ray, her mom Phyllis and her brothers, David and Paul. They loved their house in the piney woods of Hidden Valley.

Midnight the dog

Midnight loved them all.

Beverly and family playing on the hill

On warm days Beverly and her brothers would play on the steep hill behind their house. Sometimes when the sun shown down between the tall trees they tossed their sweaters on prickly boughs and built forts

Beverly and brother digging a hole

or dug tunnels in the soft earth

family playing hide and seek

or played hide and seek. The air in the piney woods was filled with laughter.

a mountaintop

When the air turned sharp and the piney woods wore a blanket of white,

playing with handpuppets

Beverly and her brothers found new games to play. They made puppets from socks.

Family playing jacks

They played jacks, in front of the fire.

playing with handpuppets

And they read good books to a friend. Beverly and her dad, Ray and her mom, Phyllis and her brothers, David and Paul were happy. Midnight loved them all.

Beverly in bed, feeling sick

One night when the moon was full and the snow on the piney woods blew quiet Beverly woke with a fright. She felt sick and scared. Her head pounded. She felt funny inside.

What could it be, Beverly?

The whole family looks sick

The next morning her dad, Ray and her mom, Phyllis and her brothers, 
David and Paul felt sick too. 

Midnight stayed asleep in his bed. 

What could it be, Beverly?

The doctor and his office

The doctor said, "Maybe your family's been touched by the flu. 
It's going around you know." 

What could it be, Beverly?

Midnight shedding

"Or maybe it's Midnight," the doctor said, "Pets give off dander, you know." 

What could it be, Beverly?

a bottle of cleanser

"Or the chemicals you clean with or use to kill pests can also cause problems, especially for kids who are small." What could it be, Beverly? 

their house with mold on it

"Or perhaps there's mold growing somewhere in the house. Stachybotrys (Stack-ee-BOT-ris) you say." 

What could it be, Beverly?

Can of paint

"Or lead in the paint. That can make you sick! It can even make it hard to learn."

 What could it be, Beverly?

Beverly and family sadly looking out the window

After a few days, Beverly's brothers went outside for a bit. 
Beverly watched from the window. She felt confused and sad. 

What could it be, Beverly?

Beverly still sick in bed

The whole family still wheezed and coughed. They all had sore throats and lots of ear infections. Beverly felt dizzy and most nights her heart pounded and 
she had terrible dreams. 

What could it be, Beverly?

Beverly, looking sad

Beverly was too tired to read and her tummy felt sick all the time. 

What could it be, Beverly?

Beverly's family looking very sad

Beverly's family was falling apart. They were all angry and argued a lot. 

What could it be, Beverly?

A quiet house at night in the Piney Woods, with the family inside

The laughter in the piney woods was still. Midnight stayed asleep in his box.

What could it be, Beverly?

Beverly's portrait

What could it be, Beverly?

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If you would like to be a KMAC Sleuth, study the ToxRAP map and the 
EPA Health Problem List
to look for clues. 

Or continue with the story if you want the KMAC Kids and 
Super Sleuth Sprout to solve the mystery for you.

Beverly's mom reading the article and saying EEK!

Beverly's mom was reading one day. The article made her shriek. There on the page were their symptoms, all right. Carbon Monoxide! A poisonous gas with no smell... and other things too that can make you sick, like a faulty furnace or stove! 

What could it be, Beverly? 

NOW YOU KNOW!

Man fixing the furnace

A man came that day to check the furnace. He told Beverly's family they were lucky indeed. "Lucky to be alive." Carbon monoxide is a nasty, odorless gas. It steals the oxygen you need for life. And along with a faulty furnace, it can make you so very sick!

The family is very happy

Beverly and her dad, Ray and her mom, Phyllis and her brothers, David and Paul long remembered their days in the piney woods of Hidden Valley, Colorado. They laughed and rejoiced and felt grateful to be alive.

Midnight is happy again

And Midnight loved them all.

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What could it be, Beverly?