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Rode Animal Tale Pink Panthers

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?
Pass out of the school and down on to the field. Then once on the grass turn right and head under the trees in this corner. Watch your numbers go down.
Chapter three

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.
Follow the tree line right across the field. Go to the opposite end, this is where the next judge is waiting.
Chapter four

Miss Moth Fly-by-night

As you walk down the field you see lots of flower petals all around like wedding confetti, but then as you get closer you realise they are all moths and each one more delicate than the last.

They all seem to be circling around one truly gorgeous specimen, sitting on a brilliant nut shaped like a horn. This queen of moths speaks into the horn and out comes a feeble voice which is scratchy and rather difficult to understand.

You put your leaves down in a row, as you think that's what's required.

Everyone put their leaves down for Miss Fly-by-night to see.

She then flutters over the leaves and tastes each one in turn, then settles back on her speaking horn. In her tiny scratchy voice she then asks you to lift them up to the sky and see which is the most transparent. 'I want to be able to see the moon light shine through the leaf' she say's, 'that's the most beautiful thing in the whole world to see, and my winning leaf will be the thinnest and most transparent of them all, a little like my wings.'

Look through your leaves and see which is the thinnest, this is the winner of this round. Miss Fly-by-night then returns to her perch and says off you go then.
The next judge waits at the bottom right hand corner, as far from the school building s possible.
Chapter five

Turbo Toad Toby

As you approach you see the judge cross the field in 2 seconds. He is an orangey toad with lots of friends and a family. His friends comes by then Turbo Toad goes for a run with his friends. The problem is he doesn't know when to stop! He ends up exhausted, puffing on the ground. He needs a long thin leaf to use as a finish line so he doesn't collapse on the floor tired out! You need to hold up your leaves to judge the longest, thinnest leaf and that will be the winner.

Hip hip hooray for the winner.
Walk along the bottom fence line with the school on your left. The next judge is waiting.
Chapter six

Fancy Fox Daniel R

As you approach the judge Fancy Fox is trying to eat a little Mouse but as you approach further the mouse streaks and runs away. Fancy Fox obviously catches him again. Fancy Fox wanted to have a strong leaf so that he didn't have to run to catch little mouse. Fancy Fox is orange and has white spots. He has black eyes and has a smudgy black nose. "Now stand in a line and stomp on your leaf and the one that does not crack at all wins," Fancy Fox muttered.
The next judge is waiting in the middle of the field.
Chapter seven

Timmy Tiger

Timmy tiger was sharpening his claws. Suddenly he stopped sharpening his claws when I approached him. Timmy Tiger has black stripes like shardes of glass in between the stripes are dark orange. His problem is while he was sharpening his claws he found a thorn in his claw he didn't want to touch it. He needs a strong leaf to pull the thorn out so pick a thorn off a twig stick, put the thorn into tree and get a leaf and try pull it out. Whoever takes the longest is the loser. The quickest is the winner.
The next judge is waiting on the musical instruments.
Chapter eight

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 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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