Charlie Cheesy Grin – Helena Sheridan
700 words Children 5 – 7 years
Charlie loved to eat lots and lots of sweets, but never brushed his teeth. Then one day Charlie ate so many yummy caramels he got a terrible toothache, and the dreaded D.K. Monster came to take all Charlie’s teeth away. What could Charlie do?
Charlie the Carthorse – Pat Boulton
950 words Children 3 – 7 years
Charlie was a huge brown carthorse. His job everyday was to pull all sorts of heavy loads in the cart. One day they were carrying bales of hay to the village fete for people to sit on and watch the events in the arena. After all the hay had been unloaded, they watched the events. Charlie watched with longing when he saw one of the events where elegant well groomed horses, and their riders, were entertaining the people.
CLIP-CLOP, CLIP-CLOP, Charlie the Carthorse sounded weary as he clip-clopped along the dusty road. He was a huge brown horse; his thick brown mane almost covered his big brown eyes. The horseshoes, which were nailed onto his massive hooves, were hidden under the long white fur draped like boots over his shins. Charlie had always enjoyed being a working carthorse, pulling carts along every day. Some days he would be loaded with logs, or coal. In fact, Charlie would pull anything that his master had been paid to carry in the cart.
Clarence the Cricket – Pat St Pierrre
Freddie was a very young boy who had a serious illness. He had to spend many days by himself. His former friends, who were also his age, lost contact with Freddie because of his sickness. When Freddie started to get better he became very sad because he had no one to play with. Hence, Clarence the Cricket appeared. Although Freddie actually found a real cricket he used his imagination to mold imaginary Clarence into his best playmate. They talked together, played games, and took walks. And Clarence became very real.
Freddie sat outside on a sunny summer afternoon and watched butterflies dancing around his mother’s flower garden. He had been sick with leukemia for a long time, but now he was getting better. Today was the first time his mom had allowed him outside. He sat in a chair with a book on his lap. The sun felt warm on his face, yet Freddie felt sad.
Cobweb Capers – Dr J E McGee (Illustrated by Marisa Lewis)
Five friendly spiders live in Mr Arbuthnot’s shed, AJ, Clay, Marley, Mirabelle and Orson. Join them in their adventures as you read the collection of short stories . There are also Halloween and Christmas themed activities.
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Daniel and the Disagreeable Shadow – Helena Sheridan
520 words Children 5 – 7 years
Daniel had such a terrible temper, that one day he fought with his shadow and it ran away! What could Daniel do to get his shadow back?
Daniel and his friend Pete had been playing football in the garden, when suddenly Pete shot the football smartly into the net. “I won! I won!” Pete shouted, but Daniel got very angry… He huffed and puffed and stamped his feet, his face turned very red,
Dear God, Please Make Owen Real – Mary Raebel
800 words Children 3 – 6 years
Owen was David’s best friend. Owen was David’s invisible friend. Every night, David would pray, “Dear God, please make Owen real.” He folded his hands tight and closed his eyes even tighter so God would know he meant it. David waited and waited. Would God answer David’s prayer?
“Dear God,” David whispered, “please make Owen real.” He folded his hands tight and closed his eyes even tighter so God would know he meant it. Every night, David prayed for Owen before he drifted off to sleep. Owen was David’s best friend. Owen was David’s invisible friend.
Donny’s Dilemma – Pam Ramage
Donny, the little grey donkey and his two friends, Bobs & Bessie loved giving children donkey rides along the sands, and were devastated to learn that Jim the donkey man was going to Australia to live. Nobody else wanted the job. Sharon, too was dismayed. Donny was her favourite donkey, and she often brought him titbits. Donny loved all the children, but he loved Sharon best of all. What was to become of them all?
Donny, the little grey donkey, knew there was something wrong. For a start, old Jim the donkey man wasn’t his usual cheery self as he helped the children on and off Donny’s back, and walked him up and down the sands, and he was always whispering to Mike, the young lad who helped him. “Have you heard anything?” Donny asked Bobs and Bessie, the other two donkeys. But they shook their heads.
Eddie and the Gourd – Lorna Rozak
2000 words Children’s story
Eddie wants to live in a tree house. Fighting cruel taunts and his own doubts, this extraordinary mouse finally stumbles across Gourd — the perfect fit – he hopes. Old and new friends must work together. A spooky challenge awaits. Will Eddie get his big view or settle for an ordinary dirt house?
Eddie’s fuchsia-colored nose and ivory whiskers twitched as he sniffed the air for ripe gourds. His apple blossom ears drooped in disappointment. “Could it already be too late?” he wondered. Eddie was usually an optimistic, little, country mouse with big dreams and a happy heart, but today doubt was creeping into his thoughts. His frizzy, chestnut coat and corkscrew tail weren’t the only things that made Eddie stand out. His extraordinary dream of living in a tree house overlooking Emerald Lake drew many a mouse’s taunt. “Birds live in trees, not silly mice,” they’d snicker. But Eddie believed in the impossible, buoyed by his momma’s last words. “Sweetie, you wouldn’t have a dream if you weren’t meant to live it.”
Ellie the Fairy’s Flowers – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus
1900 words Children 4 – 8 years
Someone with rather large feet is stomping through the forest at night time, trampling all the pretty little flowers that Ellie the Fairy looks after. Join Ellie the Fairy as she searches for the culprit and finds a way to keep her flowers safe.
Ellie the Fairy had beautiful shiny brown hair that fell on her shoulders in soft curls. Her eyes were emerald green and sparkled of love and peace. Her little mouth was ruby red and was more often than not turned up in a dazzling smile. She wore a little dress made from beautiful velvet petals of the flowers she looked after, stitched together with the delicate silk from a spider’s web.
Felicity’s Adventure – Joan Zambelli
800 words Children 3 – 7 years
Felicity, the falling star, meets a lovely little cloud, and together they visit his friends. Later, Felicity finds a way to stop some naughty, noisy clouds arguing, but she had no idea that this would start a new craze!
This story is available in the collection Home Sweet Home
Felicity, the falling star, had an extra big twinkle in her eye that day. So when all the other stars were hidden behind the clouds, she climbed to the top of the nearest cloud and slid all the way down the other side! Then she fell gently through the air like a coloured snow-flake, until she landed upon a soft cushion-like cloud.
Flash Point – Catherine Lang
500 words Children 3 – 7 years
Flash the Hedgehog is bored and decides to play in the leaves, despite his mum saying he shouldn’t. Peter and his Dad are clearing up the garden, planning to have a bonfire before it gets too windy.
The autumn sun was low in the sky and the wind beginning to blow. Flash the Hedgehog peered out from his hiding place at the bottom of the garden, twitching his shiny nose. His sharp eyes kept watch as his mother, with her skilful snuffling, found tasty things to eat.
Freddie Parrott on Guard Duty – Vivienne Holmes
Children 5 – 9
Freddie is a cheeky parrot who gets up to all sorts of antics. He becomes a hero when the house is burgled while his owner is away.
“Television on,” demanded Freddie. “Say please,” said Dan. “Aw, please, please, pretty please.” Freddie, Dan’s African Grey parrot swayed to and fro on his perch. He loved the television. His favourite programme was Armed Response Unit, an American police drama. Freddie was able to mimic perfectly what the actors said. “Armed Response Unit,” he would say. “Stay where you are. Hands on your head. Move and I’ll shoot!” Old Dan turned on the T V and sat in his armchair. Ginger, his cat, jumped onto his lap and settled down, purring loudly.
Gran’s Strange Little Red Car – Joan Zambelli
1100 words Children 3 – 7 years Story and Poem
Billy could hardly wait for Gran to take him to see his very first pantomime. But Gran’s new little red car had other ideas. It wanted to go to the zoo, instead!
This story is available in the collection Home Sweet Home
Billy had been feeling excited all day. This was because his Gran had promised to take him to see, ‘Puss-in-Boots’ as a Christmas treat. Billy had never seen a pantomime before, and this would be his first visit to a theatre too. Not only that, but they would be going in Gran’s new little red car. He was really looking forward to that.
Green Fingers – Fi Clarkson
1600 words Children 6 – 10 years
There’s something rather special about Nan’s garden. Nan says it’s down to her having “green fingers.” But when Evie discovers the real secret behind Nan’s garden, she realises that she just might have green fingers, too.
Mum was down again. Down. It didn’t sound too bad when you called it that, as if she was visiting from up north, or something. Not sleeping all day, and forgetting to do the cooking and the washing and the ironing, so that Evie had to eat cereal for tea and go to school in the same clothes she’d worn for the last week. Which is what down really meant. It also meant that Evie got to go and stay with Nan for a bit, so it wasn’t all bad.
Harvest Time at Digger Farm – Holly Stevens
2600 words Children 6 – 8 years
It’s harvest time at the local farm and all the animals pitch in together to help bring in the wheat. Trevor and several of his friends help out in the orchard. They think they have got the easy job but are surprised at just how hard they have to work!
“I think that’s all,” said Mrs. Sharp, as she wiped her hands down her flowered apron and looked at her afternoon’s work. The wooden table in the centre of the large airy kitchen was laden with food. Cherry cakes, coconut slabs, large sticky flapjacks, crisp sausage rolls and egg custard tarts all sat side by side, while golden crusted pies jostled with a huge cream trifle for pride of place.
Henia the Hen – Helena Sheridan
500 words Children 5 – 7 years
Henia the hen was very sad because she couldn’t lay a single egg. All the other hens laughed at her and Farmer Furrow was going to sell Henia at the market, but then an astonishing thing happened.
All the hens in the henhouse at Furrow Farm were busy keeping their eggs nice and warm, but one little hen called Henia, was very sad because:- She couldn’t lay an egg at all Although she tried and tried, “What a silly hen you are!” The other chickens cried.
Home Sweet Home – Joan Zambelli
835 words Children 3 – 7
Sometimes, the other chicks teased Chipperty Chick, so she decided to return to her old, peaceful egg-shell home, but where was this? Then someone, with a long bushy tail, said he knew exactly where Chipperty’s old home was. Who was he, and was he telling the truth?
This story is available in the collection Home Sweet Home
Chipperty Chick poked her head up and up until it reached the top of her egg-shell home. It was then that the shell cracked! It had been dark inside the egg-shell. Now, as she poked her head out through the top, it suddenly became very light, and the dazzling sunshine made her blink. “Where am I?” a rather puzzled Chipperty asked.
Home Sweet Home – Joan Zambelli
You can go on an adventure with Felicity Star; find out if Old Grumpy’s golden apples really are scrumptious, and discover how Queen Happygolucky gets King Moanalot to smile…and so much more.
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Stories included: Home Sweet Home, Reggie, The Little Red Car, Old Grumpy’s Golden Apples, The Sun Has Fun, Felicity’s Adventure, Lonely Lenny Lion, The Little Rowing Boat, A New Home and a New Friend, The Magic of Dewdrop Dell, The King Who Never Smiled, My Most Unusual Christmas Treat, Gran’s Strange New Little Red Car
Jack Grewit and the Enchanted Garden – Helena Sheridan
600 words Children 3 – 7 years
Jack loved growing all sorts of wonderful flowers, but every morning when he came back to look as his beautiful garden, he was very sad.
When the sun came up again,
Just as Jack had feared,
His precious, pretty flowers,
Had somehow disappeared!
Many Years ago in the far off village of Blooming Well, lived a young gardener called Jack Grewit. Jack loved growing flowers because… Whenever Jack would plant a seed Much to his surprise, The flowers grew at lightning speed, In every shape and size. But every night something very odd happened in Jack’s garden. Because…
Jason and Jake – Regan W. H. Macaulay
Sam finds a toad and names it Jake before donating it as a class pet. Through Jake, the class learns about toads in the wild, and that Jake has a surprise in store for all of them!
“Mom, look what I found! Can I keep him?” cried Sam. She had been looking all morning for the toad she saw in her yard. “Keep who, honey?” “It’s a toad,” Sam replied. “His name is Jake.” “No, honey,” Sam’s mom replied. “Are you ready for school?”
Jenny’s Special Pet – Pam Ramage
700 words Children 4 – 7 years
Jenny has a special pet – a jackdaw called Jackie, who is very tame. She flies into her garden every day and Jenny feeds her. One day she is late, and the next day. Then she doesn’t come at all. “Don’t worry, she’ll turn up,” says Dad. But she doesn’t. Jenny misses her dreadfully and is certain something has happened to her. But what? Why has her pet not visited as usual?
Jenny had a very special pet. It wasn’t a pet like a cat or canary which lived in the house. It was a jackdaw called Jackie. She flew into Jenny’s garden every day and was so tame that she would eat out of Jenny’s hand. She especially liked apples and a bowl of milk with bread in it. Sometimes she would even perch on Jenny’s shoulder.
Jimmy’s Day by the River – Pat Boulton
900 words Children 5 – 8 years
Many years ago, Jimmy lived with his mum and dad and granny, in a little log cabin. Jimmy didn’t go to school, and had no friends to play with. He wanted to go to the river with his dad when he went to trade his wood for goods they would need for the winter. He was so happy when his family eventually agreed. Jimmy’s day at the river turned out to be a fun day and he made a friend.
A long time ago, and very far away, lived a little boy called Jimmy, with his mum, dad, and grandma. Their home was a small cabin set way back in a green forest. His dad worked hard in the big forest, chopping down trees for the sheriff. The bits of tree trunks, that the sheriff didn’t want, his dad chopped up, ready to load onto the cart. Then, their big brown horse, whose name was Topper, pulled the heavy tree trunks on a big cart to the river.
Kerry’s New Friend – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus
1000 words Children 4 – 8 years
Kerry, a mermaid, loves to tease and bully smaller sea creatures. But who will come to her aid when she gets into a spot of bother with a rather large and rather hungry shark?
Once upon time, in an ocean far, far away, there lived a little mermaid called Kerry. Kerry had silky golden hair, a beautiful sparkly tail, bright green eyes and a pretty smile. She was also very nasty. In fact, Kerry was the nastiest creature that ever swam in any water in the world. Kerry’s favourite game was to swim up behind the little tiny mer-babies, tap them on the shoulder, then shout “BOO!” as loud as she could when they turned around. Then she would swim away laughing when the little mer-babies screamed in fear.
King Ferdinand’s Fancy Socks – Pam Ramage
650 words Children 5 – 7 years
King Ferdinand loved collecting socks of all kinds. They spilled out from drawers and wardrobes. When yet another box arrived at the palace, the Queen blew her top and vowed that something had to be done. But what?
There was once a King who absolutely loved socks. He had drawers and wardrobes full of them. There were long ones and short ones, striped ones and spotted ones, in all the colours of the rainbow. He ordered them from all over the world. When yet another box arrived at the palace, the Queen blew her top.
Lily’s Lucky Day – Joan Zambelli
575 words Children 3 – 7 years
While Lily was playing with her little poodle, Poppet, she found a four-leaf clover. She felt excited, because she had heard that four-leaf clovers bring good luck. Lily’s day turned out to be very lucky, but was this because she had found the four-leaf clover?
Lily often played at the bottom of their long garden with her little poodle, Poppet. Mummy said that this could be her very own piece of garden. Lily loved it there because it was full of buttercups and daises, and many other pretty wild flowers.