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Rode Animal Tale Pink Peanuts

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

Dorothy Doe (Eleri)

Dorothy Doe is sitting in the sun grazing on grass . She is also watching the birds! Dorothy Doe is light pink with a very light scarlet red nose and her eyes sparkle like diamonds. Dorothy is happy but she has a problem! She is very thirsty and she doesn't have a bowl to drink from can you help her? Please line the leaves up and check whose leaf is the most shiny the most curved and the biggest.
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

Henry Hedgehog ( Daisy )

Henry Hedgehog is under a big leaf to protect himself from the rain but it wasn't raining. "Why have you got such a big leaf if it isn't raining?" Henry Hedgehog is brown with a grey face and small ears and big prickles. "I need the leaf because I need it to keep me sheltered because I built a house out of sticks but a bird flew off with the sticks! So I need more sticks and some little leaves to make a house oh and another big leaf to make a roof."
Hold your leaves up to the sun, a thick and opaque leaf would be best for him so the one you can't see through is the one for Henry Hedgehog!
Say thank you to Henry Hedgehog and off you go. As you left, he started to make grass and berry cake.
Walk along the bottom fence line with the school on your left. The next judge is waiting.
Chapter six

Clever Cat (Amelie)

As you approach the judge Clever Cat is playing with a leaf and stops when you approach. She was tying some string to a leaf and pulling it. She is a beautiful ginger cat. She has two white strips on her belly. She has orange and blue eyes. Clever cat is very cold. She wants the leaf that is the thickest to keep her warm. She thanks you by letting you hold her.
The next judge is waiting in the middle of the field.
Chapter seven

Captain Cricket

Here in the middle of the grand field, there is nothing much except grass. But then look closer, and here you see hundreds of tiny crickets, jumping and hopping all about, so be careful how you tread.

Place your leaves down again in a line, and Captain Cricket hops over with surprising speed to test them. What will he make of your perfect choices I wonder?

With a funny rasping sound he fidgets over each leaf, then does a double tap with his hind leg on the one which has a mouldy mark. 'I like this one best, as here out in the middle of the field I have to choose the best leaf for my friend Worm, and this one will rot the fastest. Worm will love it.'

Which leaf do you think will be the fastest to turn back to earth, for that is the winner of this round.
The next judge is waiting on the musical instruments.
Chapter eight

Ali Ant - Izzy

As you approach the judge she is naming her new born baby girl. Ali Ant is brown with a heart shape head and a bluey green skirt made out of a leaf. Suddenly she says "I need a light weight leaf for a blanket for little Abi Ant, but I can't leave her behind. Put your leaves in a line in the air and drop them which ever one gets to the ground last is the winner! Say good bye to Ali Ant and off you go. As you leave she starts to make a blanket for her baby.
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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