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Rode Animal Tale Camo Camels

The first chapter of this story will begin behind Rode school.

Chapter one

The Gateway

As you step out of the school building and look down upon the school playing field the woodland procession approaches, and lifted highly upon firm branches, all knotted in a crazy splendid mess, sits the Forest Tree King, and all about is perfect. The sunshine of the day perches upon his shoulder and he looks lovingly down into the gathered crowd.

Ribbons and bunting are everywhere, gold, green, blue, white, yellow, fluttering like butterflies in the light summer breeze.

'Welcome my friends' he says to the gathering, his deep voice, warm and welcoming. 'Now who shall sit on my throne for the day? Who shall bring me the most perfect leaf, for that is what you must do for me and then I will grant the winner a seat upon my throne for the day.'
Chapter two


He then pauses for effect though the words are the same every year.
'But there is one simple rule, do you know it?' and all about the crowd chant 'Yes, yes we do.'
'Well then that is good, but lets help our new friends freshly joined' and he turns to you and says.

'The leaves must fall naturally to the ground, none must be picked from the trees themselves, and be careful where you collect them from, it must be clean and free from litter of any kind. Now are you ready?'

Are you? Then nod to the Forest Tree King.

All about the courtyard the frenzy is about to begin, there is a magic hush as the King lifts his arm in readiness. Everyone holds their breath waiting for the signal, then he opens his palm and out spill hundreds of rose petals, and off like a gun the crowd goes, to the left and right, people scurrying and snatching at the leaves on the ground, along the side, on rocks, on the tops of the walls. When they have what they believe to be the best, then they head off across the grass at a mad pace.

Then the King of the Forest turns gently to you again and asks kindly. 'What are you waiting for, find one superb leaf each, make it different from each others, so no two should be alike if you can help it, then take them to the five judges in the field.'

'The winner will have the chance to sit upon my throne, it is always the prize going far back into history, further than books, and long beards, and perhaps even before shoes were invented, and that is a very long way back indeed!'

So your task is set, each take a moment to find a leaf, as perfect as can be and then when you are ready, come back to me and read on.

You all have a leaf?
As you walk towards the field the ground turns from stone to grass and there is a large line of trees in front of you. Go to the left where the trees meet the fence and the next judge is waiting.
Chapter three

Lazy Ladybird - Libby

The lazy Ladybird puts her feet up with a cup of nectar. She watches other lady bugs go by. Lazy Ladybird thinks I can't be bothered to walk I'm going to sleep for a long time. She is spotty with red and black spots and is too lazy to do anything. She needs a least mould leaf that she can stay on and do things. Please put your leaves in a line an the least mould is the winner.
Follow the fence away from the school to the bottom left corner of the playing field.
Chapter four

Old Owl - Rachel

The Old Owl would be sitting on a stool reading a wise and wonderful book with amazing stories inside. Old owl has huge golden eyes they shiver and shine in the darkest of the night her feathers are black and white. Poor old owl is injured because of a fox, her foot is bleeding . She needs a leaf to cover her wound everyone lays out their leaf and the winner is the most flexible and soft leaf.
The next judge is in the middle of the field.
Chapter five

Disastrous dragonfly Sam

When you approach the judge he would probably be flying around the drain. But before you show him your leaf he likes a good laugh. So just say some jokes. Then he will be in the mood to tell you who has the best leaf. Disastrous Dragonfly is really weird so he might give you his disastrous fashion sense so maybe a shiny leaf will help you too. This creature has sun shades and stripy wings but that's not all he has patterns all over him. The most shiny leaf will be his favourite so he can see his reflection to solve his fashion disaster. Stand in a line then hold your leaf so it's facing the sun and the most shiny leaf will glow a little bit and win.
The next judge is in the furthest corner from the school and is over to your left.
Chapter six

Bob Butterfly Elliott

As you approach the judge you may get itchy legs because you'll be by the tall grass. Your judge will be found having his elevenses [Eating a leaf] or having a nap. If he's having a nap then you will have to cough slightly and he will wake up but he may be admiring his house! Bob Butterfly is purple with orange spots which he admires and gloats about all the time. He's got (golden) goggle and......BLING!!!!
"I'm so amazing," he would say.
Bob likes symmetrical things more than anything in the world so please place your leaves on the ground the most symmetrical .........................

Cross diagonally to the musical instruments.
Chapter seven

Squire Squirrel

As you approach the little building you can see hundreds of squirrels, all bright and proud of their tails like a huge mass of furry noodles, but in the middle is Squire Squirrel, who appears to be sitting on a grand nest of twigs. The closer you get the more frantic the squirrels move, as if the roof itself is too hot to stay still for even a moment. Finally they can bare it no more, and suddenly they all scamper off to the near by trees, all of them that is, but for the one called Squire Squirrel.

'Put them inside for me to see,' he says, as he climbs down off his dray, which is the name for a squirrel's nest.

Lay your leaves in a row for the Squire to see, when you have done it then read on.

Squire Squirrel spends a few moments pruning and preening his tale before he even looks at the leaves, then in an instance he says. That one, and points at the shiniest.

Which of the leaves you have laid down is the shiniest?

'My tail is so beautiful.' says Squire Squirrel, then hops back up on to the roof to nest back in his dray. Then he see's you are still there.

'What are you waiting for, off you go to the next judge.'

Then Squire Squirrel goes back to preening his wonderful tail, perched on his magnificent dray.

So which is the shiniest, for that is the squirrels choice.
The next judge is under the line of trees opposite. If you approached from the school when you arrive at the tree line turn right and walk to the hedge.
Chapter eight

Judge Spider

In an old tree stump tiny Judge Spider patiently waits, to her side is a small shell shaped like an ear, and with it Judge Spider is able to make a voice just loud enough for you to hear, well that's if you are quiet enough to listen. But listen you must for Judge Spider would like to see your leaves.

Place them in a row, and she scurries out and over to them, and one at a time she rolls them up into a simple cone shape. Then after a short moment goes back to her shell and says, the one which is the best is that one, and she points at one leaf specifically, the reason is that it's the softest for folding over and I shall like to make a cocoon shelter so I can rear my baby spiders in safety away from the wind and rain.

So the softest is chosen, who has the softest leaf which can fold into a cone shape without cracking? If more than one are really soft then chose the smallest of them as Judge Spider doesn't like them too big.
The last chapter is back up to the school and is where our story began.
Chapter nine

The Forest Tree King

The King waits eagerly, he has judged many leaves already, but lots of faces are a little glum as nobody has won yet today, but then you place your leaves on the ground and the Kings wise eyes light right up.

'Tell me,' he says, 'Which did Spider choose?

and which did Miss Fly-by-night the moth?

And what about Squire Squirrel, he likes shiny, which did he choose?

And Captain Cricket, he always chooses for worm, which did he like the best.

He talks so fast that you find your head gets dizzy, but you point as quickly as he asks.

'All these leaves are so beautiful,' he says 'but every competition needs a winner and the throne can only hold one person, so . . . ' and he pauses thinking for a moment.

'Is there one leaf which has been chosen more than the others?'

Who's leaf has been chosen the most times?

But the King shakes his head, 'We can't leave it like this, I have an idea, you can take it in turns on my throne.'

And an enormous raw of applause erupts from the crowd, hats are thrown into the air and music begins to start.

Then the Forest Tree King lifts you up high onto the throne of branches and all cheer at the first winner.
Chapter ten

The End

Did you enjoy the adventure?

How would you make it better?

Should there have been another judge creature? Fly, Rook, Robin, Field Mouse, Pigeon?

If you were one of the judges what would be your criteria for the best one?

What would you change about the story?

Who's leaf should really have won?
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