Andy’s Strange Tale – Pam Ramage

660 words Children 5 – 8 years

Andy is wakened one night by a tap-tap-tap at his window. He can’t believe his eyes when he draws back the curtain and sees a strange little creature sitting on the windowsill.

“Can you help me?” he asks Andy..

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Tap-tap-tap! Tap-tap-tap-tap! Rubbing his eyes, Andy sat up in bed and listened. His bed lamp was still on. He must have fallen asleep reading his new space book. There it was again. Tap-tap-tap! Tap-tap-tap! It was over by the window. Slowly padding over, Andy peeped through the curtains. “What on earth….!” he drew in his breath. An odd little creature was standing on the windowsill.

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Barney’s Winter Present – Pam Ramage

650 words Children 5 – 8 years

Barney, the little brown stoat has a huge problem. It’s beginning to snow & he has no cosy winter home to sleep in. He thinks his coat is beginning to turn white because he is worrying so much. “What am I going to do?” he cries.

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Barney, the little brown stoat who lived in the highlands of Scotland, was very worried indeed. It was getting colder and colder. All the other animals had made cosy winter homes. Badger had dug a deep burrow with his powerful claws. Red Squirrel, after hiding his nuts, was having a nap in his tree-house. Hedgehog slept soundly under a pile of autumn leaves, snug and warm.

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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?

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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.

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I’m Running Away – Pam Ramage

570 words Children 3 – 5 years

Curly Lamb was sick & tired of his friends making fun of his curly coat. He decided to run away one day & found out some very surprising things.

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One day in the Scottish Highlands, a little lamb was born with the curliest coat you’ve ever seen. “We’ll call you Curly,” his proud mother said. As the months went by, his coat grew even curlier. The other lambs were always making fun of him, even Lulu whom he liked most of all.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Little Golden Leaf – Pam Ramage

600 words Children 4 – 7 years

Winter was just around the corner and all the leaves were falling – apart from one very special one who refused to go.

“Soon my branches will be bare,” Oak Tree said sadly, as more and more leaves fluttered to the ground…

“Not quite…I’ve no intention of going,” a little golden leaf replied.

“But you must! All leaves fall in the autumn – except the evergreens of course. They stay green all year round.”

Did the little leaf manage to hold on despite the winds which came breezing through the forest?

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Mr Winter’s World – Pam Ramage

730 words Children 4 – 8 years

“Why are we gathering all this food?” Billy Brown-Bunny asks his Ma and Pa.

“Winter’s about to visit us,” they reply.

“What does winter look like?” But they are too busy to reply.

“What does Mr Winter look like? Do you know him?” Billy asks his friend Merry Woodmouse.

“Of course, and he could be arriving right now,” Merry smiles, as snowflakes begin to fall.

“Really!” Billy lops off to look for Mr Winter and gets a few surprises along the way.

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Billy Brown-Bunny and his family trudged back to their burrow at the edge of the wood, laden with juicy shoots and roots, and tasty cabbage leaves from Farmer Glen’s garden. “Why are we gathering all this food?” little Billy asked his ma and pa. “Winter’s about to pay us a visit,” they replied. “What does winter look like?” Billy began, but everyone was too busy to give him an answer.

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Old Charlie – Pam Ramage

700 words Children 4 – 8 years

Charlie the old rowing boat was feeling miserable. Nobody wanted to take him out to sea any more. Jack, his owner had just bought a new motor boat and Charlie heard him saying – “It’s an old boat and it leaks. I really must get rid of Old Charlie.”  He told his friend the seagull he was going to the boat-yard to be chopped up and asked him to help him, which he did….BUT HOW….?

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Charlie was the oldest rowing boat at the jetty. He was so shabby, that nobody wanted to take him out to sea any more. Jack, the boat owner had just bought a smart new motor boat and was very proud of it. “He was proud of me once,” Charlie sighed, as he felt the water trickling through the holes in his sides.

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Pepper Potts in Trouble – Pam Ramage

1000 words Children 4 – 8 years

Ted and his mum are getting ready to go to the supermarket. Pepper the pup wonders why HE can’t  go to this SUPER place, wherever that is. One day he sees his chance and acts on it, with disastrous results!

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Ted and Mum were getting ready to go to the supermarket. Why can’t I go to this SUPER place, wherever that is? thought Pepper. He knew his dog food came from there, and stuff like fruit and vegetables, which he loved. Mum went to get the car out of the garage. Ted put Pepper into his bed in the kitchen. “You‘ll go to the park later,” he told him. Then he took the shopping bags out to the car boot.

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Poor Little Fir Tree – Pam Ramage

600 word Christmas story for children 4 – 8 years

Fir Tree feels very small beside Silver Birch, and all the other big trees in the forest. “Look at my beautiful leaves! Everybody notices me!”  boasts Silver Birch. “Don’t you wish you were like me, little fir tree?”  Fir Tree says nothing, and feels sad and lonely. Would he ever be special to someone – anyone at all?

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At the edge of a forest, a little fir tree and a silver birch tree grew side by side. “Look at my beautiful leaves! Everybody notices me!” boasted Silver Birch. “Don’t you wish you were like me, Little Fir Tree?” Fir Tree said nothing at all. He felt very small beside this grand tree and all the other trees in the forest.

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Read It Again – 20 Stories for Children of All Ages

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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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Roy’s Big Adventure – Pam Ramage

600 words Children 4 – 7

Roy has been in Grandma Scott’s attic for a very long time.  “I am tired of being here with all the junk and cobwebs!” he tells Sailor Doll. “We used to have such adventures when we belonged to Dianne and Roger and lived in the country,”  Suddenly the trapdoor opens and Roy’s life is changed forever.

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Roy the rocking horse had been in Grandma Scott’s attic for a very long time. Books and papers were all piled up on his saddle, and a bag full of bits and pieces was hanging around his neck. “I’m tired of being here with all the junk and cobwebs,” he told the old sailor doll.

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Sunshine and Showers – Pam Ramage

600 words Children 4 – 7 years

Everyone was enjoying the lovely sunny weather until it lasted far too long. Jenny and Tom the twins moaned and groaned. It was far too hot to do anything and they actually wished it would rain, as did their mum, dad and gran.

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It was lovely sunny weather. Jenny and Tom, the 7-year-old twins, played outdoors every day during the school holidays, or went for picnics. “I wish the sun could shine all the time,” said Jenny. “Yes…nobody would miss the horrible old rain,” agreed Tom.

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Susie’s Winter Holiday – Pam Ramage

750 words Children 4 – 7 years

Susie Swallow popped her head out of her cosy nest one morning and saw some more swallows flying about. “What’s going on?” she called.

“We’re getting ready to leave for a warm country. You should come with us, before the cold winter days arrive,” they told her. But Suzy was quite a lazy little swallow and decided she would stay. When the cold winter days arrived, susie was freezing and wished she flown away with the other swallows. Finally she decided she would fly to Africa, but, would she make it?

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It was chilly and rainy when Susie Swallow woke up one morning. She popped her head out of her cosy nest and looked around her. “Oh, I don’t like these cold mornings,” she shivered. She saw some more swallows busy flying about. “What’s going on?” she called to one of them. “We’re getting ready to leave for a warm country,” said the swallow. “You should come with us before the cold winter days arrive.”

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The Crafty Fiddlers – Pam Ramage

680 words Children 4 – 7 years

The King’s fiddlers badly needed a holiday, but the king had other ideas. So, they came up with a plan – but, would it work?

This story is included in the collection Read It Again

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Old King Cole was sitting on his throne as usual, with his feet on his red velvet cushion. Smiling very contentedly, he puffed at his long pipe and listened to his three fiddlers playing his favourite tunes. “Excellent!” he said, laughing, when they had finished. “Play them all again…” So, once again, the fiddlers played for the king until the sweat dripped down their faces.

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The Fearless Forrest – Pam Ramage

700 words Children 4 -7 years

Forrest Frog was bored on the riverbank. Then Dippy the Dragonfly arrived & told him he had been at the sea-side.  Forrest decided he would go & has quite an adventure.

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Forrest, the little green and black frog, lived on a sandbank beside the river. One day he was feeling bored, when whizz… Dippy the Dragonfly landed beside him. “I’ve been to the seaside!” he boasted. “Hmph!” said Forrest, grumpily, wishing he could fly. “You should go,” Dippy said. “There’s lots of water and golden sand and…” “I can’t hop that far, and I can’t fly,” Forrest interrupted.

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The Great Egg Hunt – Pam Ramage

740 words Children 4-8

The egg hunt was on to win a special prize. Freddie lined up along with his classmates, and Jamie, the new boy in his class. They couldn’t wait to try and solve the clues.

“Get ready to open your envelopes on the count of three,” shouted Mr. Sim, the judge…..Who would be the winner, as the clues got harder and harder?

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“Are you entering the Easter egg hunt on Saturday?” Freddy asked Jamie, the new boy in his class. “That depends…it’s fifty pence to enter,” Jamie replied. “That’s nothing. Don’t you get pocket money?” “Not much. There’s six of us and dad’s just lost his job…” “Oh,” said Freddy sympathetically. “I’m sorry to hear that.”

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The Little Star – Pam Ramage

530 words Children / Christmas Story

On Christmas Eve, the chief star announced that the star who shone the brightest would be given something special. The stars began to argue about which one had the brightest shine. But Tiny, the smallest star, said nothing at all.  “You’ve absolutely no chance of winning!” sneered the biggest star. Tiny sighed. He knew he had no chance. He was watching the woodland animals stringing coloured lanterns from the trees. “They are for our very special visitor!” they told Tiny. However, there was a problem when it began to snow and very soon a  thick layer of snow covered everything…

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“The star who shines the brightest at midnight, tonight, will be given something special!” announced the chief star on Christmas Eve. The other stars began to argue straight away about which one had the brightest shine, and what the prize would be. But Tiny, the smallest star, said nothing at all.

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The Magic Sponge – Pam Ramage

530 words Children 0 – 5 years

Ben did not like having a bath – then something happened to change his mind!

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Ben didn’t like having a bath. He always seemed to get dirtier than anyone else. Did it bother him? Not one bit. “I wish you would learn to wash yourself properly,” his mum said to him. Ben however, couldn’t care less.

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The Old Woman – Pam Ramage

900 words Children 4 – 8 years

“Just look at the state of this shoe…you untidy lot! You’re all bone lazy!” the Old Woman has to shout above the noise the children are making. She is telling them to get busy when suddenly a long snake of foamy water starts to run down the stair!  Somebody is up to mischief…again! Then something totally unexpected happens…which really makes her think…

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“Just look at the state of this shoe… you untidy lot! You’re all bone lazy!” The Old Woman had to shout to make herself heard above the noise the children were making. Suddenly, the noise stopped, as everyone stared at the long snake of foamy water wending its way downstairs. Slipping and slithering, they all made their way upstairs. Then Alfie appeared, dripping wet. And a foam-covered black cat streaked past them. “Alfie’s been washing the cat in the bath!” cried Joe and Flo.

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The Queen of Hearts – Pam Ramage

660 words Children 4 – 8 years

The Queen of Hearts is furious because her jam tarts keep getting pinched. She blames the greedy knave and resolves to bake no more. But the king persuades her to carry on baking.  He loves her tarts. However the queen tells him he needs to diet as he can’t get into his Royal Velvet suit for the ball. But he misses the tarts so much he comes up with a great idea – or so he thinks…

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The Queen of Hearts was furious. “Just look at this!” she stormed, pointing to her empty baking tray. “That knave has stolen my tarts AGAIN!” “I didn’t see him,” said the king. “Of course you didn’t. He’s too smart for us.” “I’ll fix that greedy knave. From now on I’m baking no more jam tarts,” declared the queen.

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The Wishing Stone – Pam Ramage

3500 words Children 5 – 8 years

Twins Andy and Lucy have moved to a new home in Cornwall with their family.  With the help of a Wishing Stone, given to them by their Irish grandfather, they encounter Merry, a mermaid, who eventually gives them a present of jewellery and gold coins.

“Somebody told us that long ago, a mermaid cast a spell on a ship, and it was wrecked on rocks near here,” said Lucy. “There was supposed to be booty on board.”

“Our dad’s a fisherman. He says its a silly tale….he doesn’t believe in mermaids,” Andy told Merry.

“The Cornish coast is full of smuggler’s tales,” Merry laughs.

The family pooh pooh their story about Merry, but decide the jewellery and coins should be seen  by the authorities. An extraordinary story emerges but still the disbelieving family do nothing about it until Grandpa arrives from Ireland.

“I say…why don’t you see this strange tale through…go for it!” he grins. “You’ve nothing to lose……

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PLOP! The smooth grey and black marble stone slipped from Lucy’s hand into the deep rock pool, where Barney the Spaniel stood barking furiously. “Well done, sis! Butter fingers as usual,” cried Andy, and slithering over the rocks, he plunged his fishing net into the water after it. “Ouch!” Suddenly this long fair-haired creature, with eyes of deepest green popped up, rubbing her head. In her hand was the grey and black marble stone. “Wow! A mermaid!” Lucy gasped, her brown eyes like saucers. Andy nearly fell into the pool. “S…sorry, I was only trying to get our wishing stone back,” he spluttered. “Thanks to my clumsy sister here, it fell into the pool.”

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