Aaron loves the Gruffalo stories, so a couple of years ago while out shopping, we bought him the teddy. One sad day, we realised that the Gruffalo had left our house. He was a lost teddy bear and we needed to find him quick. The other toys said he’d gone to a quiet forest, so that he could look for the snake, the fox and the wise old owl. Aaron insisted we drive him to the forest. Aaron decided that if he looked for the mouse he would find the Gruffalo. But Mummy insisted that Aaron should first look for the snake and remember what the toys had said. If he found the snake, he would find his lost teddy bear. Aaron looked for that snake, high and low. But sadly, could not find it, no matter how hard he searched.
He searched in the woods, he searched on the rocks,
he searched in his shoes, and on tip toe in socks.
Silly small Aaron, didn’t I say,
I’ve never seen a snake, in the UK.
Aaron heard that in cities, foxes are urban, so he headed for the path out by the road. He was determined to find that cunning fox. Find the fox, find the bear.
Foxes go out by the road at night, they don't risk it in broad daylight
Foxes are cunning with a steely mind, We must think like a fox, for him to find.
Silly small Aaron, didn't I say, "It'll be tough to find a fox in the middle of the day".
Aaron decided his luck was in. It’d be the wise old owl that would lead him to his lost teddy bear, The Gruffalo.
We listened, to hear a twit twoo, but alas the forest was silent. Not a noise, not a peep. All we could hear was birds as they tweeped.
Wise Old owls can be seen in the day
But you have to time it right
Just after dawn and just before dusk
Ready, look up, let’s sit tight!
We heard the hoot in the trees ahead
But we did not see that owl
I looked at Aaron to see if he minded
His face was ruined with a scowl!
Silly small Aaron, Didn’t I say,
"It’ll be tough to see an owl, before he flies away!"
We were just about to get in the car to go home, when Aaron remembered the real star of the story. Who was everyone afraid of? No, not the large Gruffalo. But instead the small mouse! The strong, quick thinking, brave mouse. Small in body, but big in mind.
So off we went, with our eyes to the floor
We’d find that mouse, before hometime for sure!
Where the mouse would be, so too would the teddy
Once we’d find our cuddly Gruffalo then we’d be ready!
off to find that elusive mouse
He was so determined to get,
his Gruffalo back to our house!
He found the mouse, he did, my boy,
never give up, that’s his ploy.
The mouse was asleep
our Gruffalo under his head
Aaron tip toed in
And changed that mouse’s bed
Silly old Mummy
Didn’t she know
It’s the Mouse who’s the star
Of the Gruffalo
Find the mouse, find the teddy
The adventure’s complete, now for home we’re ready!
I hope you enjoyed this story, which was written by Liska NewMumOnline and son Aaron, especially for Tell a Story Day on 27th April, in conjunction with Room to Grow. There are lots of bloggers participating. I will link to them as their posts go live:
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For this challenge, we were provided with three prompts, as the basis for the story:
- a character: a wise old owl
- a setting: a quiet forest
- an object: a lost teddy bear
I hope you like what we came up with.