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Rode Animal Tale Skye Scrapers

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?
The first judge is in the middle of the field on the other side of the tree line.
Chapter three

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.
Now turn around to face the school, then walk back under the trees but head to the left corner.
Chapter four

Steve Spider Alfie

Steve spider is a cleaner and he is doing the dishes and the washing up. He has a smile up to his ear and the back of his neck. He has large open eyes and is as small as an acorn. He is afraid of being squashed so he wants a leaf to hide under. Put your
leaves in a line and see which is the biggest.
Good Luck every one.
The next judge is at the other end of this tree line.
Chapter five

Harry Hawk(Charlie)

As you approach the judge he squaks and you feel a bit scared but you continue. He is very fluffy and you really want to stroke him he has an AMAZING bright yellow beak and he is sitting in a tree with bright green leaves with apples as green as the greenest green. Then he says "put your leaves down in a row and I shall judge them"Then he says in a posh tone they are all brilliant but I think that one is the best.The one that is most delicate.test to see which one is the most delicate by dropping them and seeing which one is the most muddy.The one that is the muddiest is the winner of this round. He then says"my friend stressy slug would love this leaf for a aeroplane to get to school on.He already has enough stresses on his mind at the moment.Could I borrow that leaf?"you then say"sorry no"and he tells you where the next judge is hiding and says"bye bye then and good luck!"
Go to the musical instruments.
Chapter six

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.
Cross the field diagonally, the next judge is in the far corner.
Chapter seven

Dan Dust Mite (Gabe)

As you approach the judge Dan Dust Mite is drinking dusty tea but he doesn't have a cup he needs the bendiest leaf to use as a cup. He is blind and he lives under the band stand he is brown and has razor sharp fangs. He needs a bendy leaf to shape into a cup for the dusty tea. Everyone lays down their leaf on the floor and the winner is the bendiest, dustiest leaf. To test it bend your leaf and take a close look for dust.

The last chapter is back up to the school and is where our story began.
Chapter eight

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?
With the fence to your right and the school building to your left. Follow the fence to the next corner where our final judge will be waiting.
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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