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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

Beat me Butterfly - Maddy!

Look up! She is stuck up in a tall tree and can't get down. You need to get a very light leaf to carry the butterfly down because she has broken her wing! She looks like two pairs of yellow wings with burning red eyes! She also has some other colours red, green, blue and brown so do as well as you can.
Hold your leaf up in the air and drop it , the one that falls the slowest wins!
Follow the fence away from the school to the bottom left corner of the playing field.
Chapter four

Flapping Fly - Samantha!

As you look up you will see Flapping Fly. He is struggling to stay up in the air. If you see him help him down. He is black with red eyes thin legs and amazing wings but he has sadly broken one of his wings. See who can find the best strong and slippery leaf to catch him. Then send him to school!
GOOD LUCK! Who won the contest.
Test the leaf by bending it then rub you're finger across you're leaf.
The next judge is in the furthest corner from the school and is over to your left.
Chapter five

Annoying Ant

There are many Ants nests in the woodlands and hills, and all are linked by the paths drawn in the forest floor by the workers. Every Sunday morning long before the dog walkers and strangers come stomping by the ants have a lifting competition to see who is the strongest. They do this by lifting an enormous leaf and then carry it up to the nest.

Annoying Ant has been the winner of this competition all year and he is really keen to see who has the biggest leaf.

So Ant likes to show his strength by lifting impossibly large items, and so the winning leaf is the largest, who has the largest leaf?
The next judge is in the middle of the field.
Chapter six

Tobias Toad

In the corner of the field the leaves can get wind blown and pile up, Tobias Toad is here waiting to judge your choices, he has seen quite a few in his time so yours best be good. As you approach he is all alone and doesn't see you coming, and you watch as he seems pre occupied with blinking practice!

He then realises he is not alone and then blinks both eyes at the same time as if to prove something very important indeed.

'I see you are wondering what I am doing, and perhaps a little if Tobias Toad is alright? Well, everyone knows that toads blink one eye at a time don't they?' and you nod in agreement but not really sure where this is leading.

'But I am not a regular Toad, for I can blink with both eyes at the same time.' and to prove it he does it again, 'but I must practice, for it is not easy to do, well not easy for a Toad that is.'

'But you are here to show me your leaves, so lay them out and then I can get back to my blinking' he says.

Please place your leaves down in a row and Tobias Toad, glances at them, then says quite quickly, and pointing with a silky toe.

'That one is the best,' and then to qualify his statement he says 'It is because the left side is in perfect balance to the right, and when I blink with both eyes I am just as balanced.'

So which leaf is the most symmetrical, equal on both sides like Tobias Toad, as that is the winner of this round.

Now before you move on, please say your thanks to Tobias Toad in the way he will appreciate the most, which is by blinking at him with both eyes at the same time. Can you do that?
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

Fig Fox Bella

As you approach the judge Fig Fox is sitting on a bench watching the world go by. Fig Fox has a white and purple tail and a stripy pink and white tummy. She has black eyes like a tiger and teeth as shiny as pearls. Fig Fox has been hunting all night and she needs a big leaf that is strong enough for a bed and bendy to keep her warm and cosy. Everyone bend your leaves and the bendiest will win.
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 fig fox chose?

and which did Beat me Butterfly chose?

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

And Flapping Fly which did he chose?

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?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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