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Rode Animal Tale Scarlet Sunflower

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

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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

Leaf

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?
The next judge is waiting on the music instruments.
 
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Chapter three

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 waiting in the middle of the further field.
 
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Chapter four

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 in the bottom left corner, far from the school.
 
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Chapter five

Tilly Toad Evie

As you approach the brook you will see Tilly Toad finishing her glass of water she will be waiting for you. Tilly Toad is brown with green on her she is wrinkly. She is slimy and she thinks she is shiny because she loves everything shiny. Tilly Toad is going swimming with her friend Tobias Toad she needs a water proof leaf and a strong leaf. A strong leaf will hold her up from under the water. Tilly Toad needs a water proof leaf and a strong leaf the water proof leaf is so when it goes under water it won't get destroyed .To test the leaf that is the most waterproof leaf you need to dip it in the brook.To test the strongest leaf you need to bend the leaf and see which one doesn't crack and that will be the leaf you need.
Cross this field diagonally to the opposite corner.
 
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Chapter six

Marvellous Magpie (Apolline)

Marvellous Magpie is trying to clean up. Marvellous Magpie is black with a white diamond on her forehead she is a beautiful Magpie she is very clever and just MARVELLOUS! Marvellous Magpie can do everything really well but just can't clean up. Marvellous Magpie lives in the Mud Kitchen but of course mud kitchens are really messy. Marvellous Magpie does not use a wet cloth to clean her kitchen, she picks up all her feathers that she lost that day and cleaned her kitchen with that! To make Marvellous Magpie clean the kitchen easily you need to get one leaf for each of you and fold them, the one which does not snap will be the one marvellous magpie will use. So can you help her?
Follow the tree line through the middle of the grounds to the other end.
 
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Chapter seven

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.
Cross this field diagonally to the opposite corner. This is the furthest from the school.
 
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Chapter eight

Duchess Deer by Maddie

As you approach the Judge Duchess Deer is busy making grass stew in the long grass. Duchess Deer is brown with white splodges. She is always wearing her red rose behind her ear. Duchess Deer's problem is that her home is too thorny because she lives in a thorn cave. Duchess Deer needs a soft thorn proof leaf.

To test them she needs to spike thorns on leaves and see which leaf the thorns don't go through. So put your leaves in a line and spike each one, the hardest to spike is the winner.
The last chapter is back up to the school and is where our story began.
 
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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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