Ernestine is in over her head. Monday through Sunday, Ernestine’s week is packed with after-school lessons—
tuba, knitting, sculpting, water ballet, yoga, yodeling, and karate.
Overwhelmed and exhausted, Ernestine decides to take matters into her own hands and heads off to the park
with her Nanny where she builds a fort, watches the clouds, and plays all kinds of unstructured and imaginative
games. But when a teacher calls Ernestine’s mom to report that she has not shown up for yodeling, her parents
search everywhere until at last they hear their daughter’s laughter coming from the park. Ernestine tells her
parents what a wonderful afternoon she’s had, and explains her plight, asking, “I like my lessons, but can’t I
stop some of them?”