A Thief is Caught – Holly Stevens
2580 words Children 6 – 8 years
Trevor and his friends return to the farm determined to catch the egg thief who is stealing from Mr. Digger.
Some boys hide around the farm watching the various visitors whilst others search for clues.
They soon decide on their suspect, but how do they catch him in the act?
The six boys all huddled together in the barn and listened out for adults. Joshua Drey, who was on lookout, ran over to join them. “It’s all clear. Jack’s just driven into the wheat field. He’ll be at least an hour before he returns.” “Right role call!” said Trevor importantly, as the whole meeting and plan was his idea “There’s me, Trevor Sharp representing the hedgehogs, Billy Digger for the badgers, Batty Hill moles, Freddy Rivet frogs, Tommy Twitcher field mice, and Joshua and Joe Drey squirrels.
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.
Read It Again – 20 Stories for Children of All Ages
20 stories to enrich the lives of children. This book contains stories for both younger and older children. Always have a story to read at bedtime, whatever their age.
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The Christmas Star – Holly Stevens
2230 words Feel Good (adults and children)
The Christmas Star grants special wishes. This year he finds a stray dog, someone lost in a blizzard and several other people who need his help.
Can he grant all of their wishes in time for Christmas?
Amanda had always wanted a dog. She wanted one so badly. She often imagined what it would be like to have one. She imagined him sleeping on her bed, waiting at the gate for her when she came home from school and cuddling up with her on the sofa when she watched her favourite television programmes. But no matter how many times she asked, Amanda’s mother always said no. She explained how much it would cost to buy a puppy, pay for its injections and all the training it would need.
The Elf Who Didn’t Like Christmas – Holly Stevens
1200 words Christmas / Children 5 – 7 years
Gregac was a very grumpy elf who hated all the hard work that Christmas brought. Then one day, Santa took him out on his sleigh to see why Christmas is so important.
Once upon a time there was a miserable elf who really didn’t like Christmas at all! His name was Gregac and he lived in the North Pole with Father Christmas, the reindeers and lots and lots of other elves and gnomes. You would have thought that living with Father Christmas all year round would make anyone very happy indeed, but not poor Gregac. The miserable elf didn’t like all the commotion and fuss that Christmas brought.
The Little Christmas Tree – Holly Stevens
Children 5 – 7 years
The little Christmas tree lives in a forest where the bigger trees all laugh at him. They all have important places to go for Christmas but no-one has chosen him because he is too small.
Once upon a time, there was a forest where a kind woodsman, Mr. MacHenry, grew very splendid Christmas trees. The trees were very tall and very beautiful. People travelled for miles around to come and buy one of Mr. MacHenry’s trees. This made the Christmas trees very happy, because they all looked forward to being chosen by a lovely family and decorated in time for Christmas.
The Lonely Tin Soldier – Holly Stevens
1440 words Children 5 – 7 years
Overlooked in favour of all the modern toys, the lonely tin soldier stands to attention all day on the shop keeper’s shelf. But as Christmas approaches he hopes his fortune will change.
Once upon a time there was a small tin soldier who sat in the toyshop with hundreds of other toys. He was very old and very lonely. None of the other toys wanted to make friends with him; they all thought that he was silly, standing to attention all day with his rifle over his shoulder. His paintwork was chipped and his cold metal body just stood still. He had no moving parts like the other toys.
The Lost Reindeer – Holly Stevens
1300 words Children 5 – 7
Snowy is so cross when he can’t pull Santa’s sleigh that he runs away. Soon he is lost, alone and frightened. Suddenly, he sees the Christmas star and wishes for someone to take him home.
Once upon a time there was a little reindeer called Snowy. Snowy was only a baby reindeer, but already he had great plans how, one day, when he was as big as his father, he would help to pull Father Christmas’s sleigh. In fact, Snowy felt that he was already big enough to help, but as it got nearer to Christmas and everyone at the North Pole got busier and busier, he found that he was in the way.
The Neglected Pony – Holly Stevens
1370 words Children 5 – 7 years
Bluey lives in a muddy field, unwanted and unloved. One day his owner sends him to be sold. Bluey wishes on the Christmas star that someone kind will buy him and grow to love him.
Once upon a time there was a pony, a very sad, dejected, little pony. He lived all alone in a muddy field with no water, and no shelter from the bitterly cold wind. The pony’s name was Bluey, but no one called him that anymore. No one cared. His owner was a gruff cruel man who didn’t feed Bluey properly. He threw odd bits of hay into the dirty field, and when it was really cold, the man grumpily broke the ice on the frozen pond.
The Penguin Who Felt the Cold – Holly Stevens
1600 words Children 4 – 7 years
Percy is a very strange penguin. He can’t stand the cold! All winter long he freezes in the cold, sadly watching his friends enjoy all the snow and ice. One day Percy gets cast adrift on a piece of ice. Slowly he is washed out to sea, where the weather gets warmer and warmer. Percy is delighted until he realises his piece of ice is melting. Then a lone fisherman’s boat comes into view. Little does Percy know how this chance meeting will change his whole life.
This story is included in the collection Read It Again
Percy was a very unusual penguin. He looked like all the others with his striking black and white marking, had the same yellow beak, small black eyes and long drooping wings that couldn’t fly, but in reality, he was very different indeed. Percy felt the cold terribly. He shivered all day long in the freezing Artic and no matter how hard he tried, he could never get warm. All the other penguins couldn’t understand why Percy didn’t enjoy their icy conditions. Every day after school, and sometimes before, they collected their skates and toboggans and played happily until their parents called them in for tea.
The Sleepy Polar Bear – Holly Stevens
1860 words Children 5 – 7 years
Bobby always slept through Christmas, missing all the fun. Until one year the postman woke him and asked him to deliver Santa’s letters. He then began to realise what he had missed every winter.
Bobby was a very sleepy polar bear. He lived in the North Pole, two hills away from Father Christmas. In the summer he often visited the reindeers or went skating with the elves, but in the winter when the ice and snow were at their worst, Bobby liked to sleep. He always slept right through Christmas, missing all the celebrations. He had never had a Christmas dinner, sung any carols or hung up a stocking. The poor little polar bear was always fast asleep.
The Ugly Bug Ball – Holly Stevens
1900 words Children 4 – 7 years
Lucinda the ladybird is really excited, her school is hosting a prom. Her mother helps her with her dress and practises her dance steps with her. Lucinda can hardly wait for the big day. But when the nasty fly brothers ruin her dress she is so upset, she doesn’t think she will ever get to the ball. Thankfully she has some very good friends who help out at the last minute.
Lucinda skipped home from school very excited, she could hardly wait to tell her mother all about her wonderful news. She sang while she tripped along, smiling at the golden buttercups and nodding politely to the busy bees. “Move along.” One shooed her out of the way, though not unkindly. “Bzzz- ness to attend to, make way there.” Lucinda sighed; the bees were always too busy to talk to. Rain or shine, winter or summer, the industrious insects worked tirelessly tending the beautiful long stemmed flowers and collecting the yellow pollen. Some worked out in the fields, others in the immense hives producing the golden honey, while many more, ran the family grocer shop.
The Unwanted Christmas Present – Holly Stevens
1000 words Children 5 – 7 years
A small donkey ornament finds itself thrown onto the rubbish top. He may only be made of china, but he still wants someone to find him and take him home for Christmas.
Once upon a time there was a small china ornament of a little grey donkey. Two children saw it in a shop window and saved their pocket money to buy it. They were very kind children and thought the little donkey ornament would be just the thing to give their Aunt Mabel. Aunt Mabel often grumbled and moaned. She didn’t like children putting their sticky hands on her things, or their muddy feet on her nice soft carpets, and she would much rather that the children didn’t visit at all!
Trevor’s Bonfire – Holly Stevens
2750 words Children 6 – 8 years
As a reward for catching his egg thief Mr. Digger holds a bonfire party in Trevor’s honour.
Trevor and his friends work hard all week collecting wood and broken furniture. Then the weasel family sneak in and wreck the bonfire.
Will it get re-built in time and will there be any fireworks?
The three boys waited patiently by the farm gate, Trevor, Gregory March the hare and Joshua Drey, who sat on a branch of a nearby tree. They were waiting for Jack to drive by with the farm cart. “He should be here soon,” said Trevor. “My Dad’s given loads of old furniture. We’ve lots of money and can easily afford to buy new,” bragged Gregory.
Trevor’s Conker Match – Holly Stevens
1900 words Children 6 – 8 years
Trevor is a small lovable hedgehog living in the Wodded Valley with several other animal families.
He has challenged Wally the weasel to a conker match. The only trouble is the weasel family are well-known to be cheats and bullies, and Trevor is not sure if he can beat Wally.
Trevor smoothed down his prickles, straightened his hat and set off for school. Oh how he hated his woolly hat that his mother made him wear! True it kept him warm, but it was green! “Oh how I hate green!” he muttered to himself. Trevor kicked at a nearby pebble and sighed to himself. However, there was something to look forward to; his mother’s packed lunch smelt wonderful in his lunch box.