ME FIRST

By Helen Lester


Parts (8):  Narrator 1      Narrator 2      Narrator 3      Narrator 4      Narrator 5    
            Narrator 6      Pinkerton       Sandwitch
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Narrator 1:  ME FIRST 

Narrator 2:  Pinkerton was pink, plump, and pushy.  He would do anything to be first, even if it
             meant bouncing off bellies, stepping on snouts, or tying tails. 
 
Pinkerton:  "Me first!"
 
Narrator 3:  he cried when he had been last in line and finished first down the slide.  
 
Pinkerton:  "Me first!"
 
Narrator 4:  he cried at story time, settling on his round bottom with his big head right smack 
             in front of the book.
 
Narrator 5:  And every day in the school trough-a-teria
 
Pinkerton:  "Me first!"
 
Narrator 5:  rang out and there was Pinkerton.
 
Narrator 6:  One Saturday, Pinkertončs Pig Scout troop went on a day trip to the beach. Pinkerton
             was first on the bus and sat in the front row. 
 
Narrator 1:  He was first off the bus, first in the water, first out of the water, and first into
             the picnic basket.
 
Narrator 2:  After lunch the Pig Scouts decided to go for a hike. Off they went, with Pinkerton
             leading the line, of course. 
 
Narrator 3:  As the Pig Scouts marched across the sand, they heard a faint voice far in the
             distance. The voice called out,
  
Sandwitch:  "Who would care for a sandwich?"
 
Narrator 4:  Pinkerton pricked up his pointy ears.  Care for a sandwich?  "Oh yes, me first!" 
             he thought, and he began to trot ahead of the others. 
 
Narrator 5:  Soon he heard the voice again, closer and louder this time.
 
Sandwitch:  "WHO WOULD CARE FOR A SANDWICH?"
 
Pinkerton:  "ME FIRST!"
 
Narrator 6:  cried Pinkerton, kicking up sand and leaving the other Pig Scouts far behind. 
 
Narrator 1:  His imagination almost burst.  
 
Pinkerton:  "Peanut butter!  Jelly!  Two tomatoes! Seven pickles! A slab of cheese!  A blob of 
             mayo! A big smear of mustard. All for ME!  FIRST!"
 
Sandwitch:  "WHO WOULD CARE FOR A SANDWICH?"
 
Narrator 2:  Now at a full gallop Pinkerton shrieked,
 
Pinkerton:  "ME FIRST!"
 
Narrator 3:  Over a sandy hill he flew andŠ..Kerplop. He landed face to face with a small creature
             with a bump on her nose and fur on her toes. 
 
Sandwitch:  "Am I glad to see you! I sure could hear you coming:  ŒMe first. ME FIRST!  ME FIRST! 
             I guess you really would care for a sandwich."
 
Narrator 4:  she cackled.   
  
Pinkerton:  "Oh, yes indeed,"
 
Narrator 4:  replied Pinkerton. He jumped up and down so fast his teeth jiggled.
 
Sandwitch:  "Good!"
 
Narrator 5:  cackled the small creature.  Pinkerton waited. One second.  Two seconds.  Three
             seconds.  He asked,
 
Pinkerton:  "Well?"
 
Sandwitch:  "Well what?"
 
Narrator 6:  replied the small creature.  Pinkerton begged,
 
Pinkerton:  "The sandwich. Where'sŠ..the sandwich?"
 
Narrator 1:  The small creature curtsied.
 
Sandwitch:  "You're looking at her."
 
Narrator 1:  She went on,
 
Sandwitch:  "I am a Sandwitch, and I live in the sand, and you said you would care for a Sandwitch,
             so here I am. Care for me."
 
Narrator 2:  All Pinkerton could say was,

Pinkerton:   "But I..."
 
Narrator 2:  Taking no notice, the Sandwitch continued,
 
Sandwitch:  "You said, 'Me first.' You wanted to be the first to care for me.  Well,
             congratulations!  Now just come along to my sand castle." 
 
Narrator 3:  Grabbing Pinkerton firmly by the sleeve, she led him around a few bends.  Before he
             could say
 
Pinkerton:  "But I..."

Narrator 3:  again, the gate to her castle closed.
 
Sandwitch:  "All right, my pink, plump, and pushy one, now you care for me.  You may have the 
             honor of being the FIRST to powder my nose and comb my toes." 
 
Narrator 4:  Seeing no way out, Pinkerton powdered her nose and combed her toes. She crowed,
 
Sandwitch:  "Next, you may be the FIRST to put my supper in a bucket and feed me with a shovel."
 
Narrator 5:  Pinkerton looked around. He had no choice.  He put her supper in a bucket and fed 
             her with a shovel.
 
Narrator 6:  Rubbing her tummy, the Sandwitch spoke on:
 
Sandwitch:  "Finally, after youčve had the privilege of being the FIRST to wash my dishes and 
             sweep my castle and do my laundry and curl my hair and tuck me in, you may be the
             FIRST to tell me a bedtime story."
 
Narrator 1:  Pinkerton washed the dishes, swept the castle, did the laundry, curled the 
             Sandwitch's hair and tucked her in bed.
 
Narrator 2:  The Sandwitch stretched and yawned loudly.
 
Sandwitch:  "Now the story. I need my story."
 
Narrator 3:  Pinkerton was so tired he could barely speak.  He whimpered,
 
Pinkerton:  "I don't know any stories."
 
Sandwitch:  "Then how about making up something‹oh, how about something concerning a pushy pig 
             who always wanted to be first?"
 
Narrator 4:  Pinkerton sighed and began,
 
Pinkerton:  "Once upon a time there lived a pig who always wanted to be first, until one day he 
             met a wise Sandwitch‹"
 
Sandwitch:  "Wise and beautiful,"
 
Narrator 5:  cut in the Sandwitch.
 
Pinkerton:  "A wise and beautiful Sandwitch who showed him that FIRST was not always BEST."
 
Sandwitch:  "Aha!"
 
Narrator 6:  cackled the Sandwitch. She gave Pinkerton a slow, serious, and meaningful wink.
 
Sandwitch:  "Have you learned something?"
 
Pinkerton:  "Oh yes, yes, yes. I promise I have,"
 
Narrator 1:  said Pinkerton.  
 
Sandwitch:  "In that case, thanks for the care.  Goodbye and good luck."
 
Narrator 2:  She opened the gate and Pinkerton sped off so fast he didn't even notice the 
             delicious sandwich she held out to him.
 
Narrator 3:  He was just in time to catch the bus.  
 
Narrator 4:  On he scooted‹
 
Narrator 5:  pink, plump,
 
Narrator 6:  and glad to be last.
 
 
Scripted by Jill Jauquet