A Bumpy Ride to Romance – Pat Boulton
1500 words Romance
Barbara had fallen out with her daughter, because she was forever trying to find a man for her. She loved her daughter very much, but she didn’t want a man in her life, she was happy as she was, that is, until she had a knock to her car and the cause of that knock changed her mind.
“You’re getting too choosy in your old age, that’s your trouble.” Barbara gazed out of the window; she had taken umbrage at her daughter’s remark. Right, so choosy she could be, and why not, but old? Never! After all, she was only seventy, in her head coming on forty. She had her own teeth; or most of them; trendy in her appearance, and thanks to the bottle in her bathroom cabinet, no grey hair.
A Change in Routine – Pat Boulton
1300 words Women’s Fiction
Mavis and Tom were a childless couple, who spent all their married life, keeping to a routine, and never changing. Tom was old fashioned and would not agree to Mavis going out to work. One day, however, Tom began to change his routine, and the result was a big surprise for Mavis.
Mavis heard the stairs creak; he must be on the fifth stair. Almost every morning for the last thirty years, Tom had brought her a cup of tea, placing it carefully on the bedside cabinet. “I’m off now dear. Another day another dollar.” It was the same routine every day. This morning, however, his mind seemed elsewhere. Suddenly, Tom was sprawled across the bed, tea dripping over the beautiful cream silk bedcovers.
A Shaggy Dog Tail – Pat Boulton
975 words Children 8 – 11 / Teens
Mikey didn’t have any friends at school, they all laughed at him for being a SWOT, and a NERD. However, a visitor arrived at his back door, and they soon became best friends. The first time he saw the boys from school, with his new friend, they became jealous.
Mikey turned off the computer, threw all his textbooks on the floor, and flopped heavily onto his bed. ‘SWOT’, that’s what they all called him. He hated the way his friends made fun of him, Soon, they would be sitting their GCSE’S, but – did that worry his friends, NO –WAY, (friends -that’s a laugh). They never included him when they went out. The only time they wanted to know him, was if they needed help with their homework, because they were too lazy to do it.
A Tale of Two Tails – Pat Boulton
500 words Children 2 – 5 years
Sue and Sam were twin cats, who lived with Mrs Bumble. They were usually well behaved, but one day they decided to go on an adventure through a hole in the fence to explore the next door neighbour’s garden.
This story is included in the collection Bedtime Stories to Remember
Sue and Sam, the twin cats, lived with their owner Mrs Bumble, in a lovely country cottage. They had very thick white fur, with a few black blobs dotted over their backs. The only way anyone could tell them apart was by their tails.
Baby Duckling’s Bad Day – Pat Boulton
690 words Children 2 – 5 years
The little baby duckling was tired of swimming up and down the stream each day, and felt like doing something different, such as going on an adventure. He saw a rowing boat, and decided he would like to go on the little boat to see all the sights, but getting into the boat was harder than he thought.
Baby Duckling sat on the bank by the river, tears running down to his little yellow beak, his soft white feathers shaking in the breeze. Mother Duck came waddling out of the river, shaking her feathers, as she plodded over to her baby duckling, who was looking so unhappy.
Bedtime Stories to Remember – Patricia Boulton
Come and meet Tommy’s yellow tractor and Snowy Rabbit’s friends. Enjoy the big red balloon with the smiley face and help cure Toto’s hiccups. Bedtime Stories to Remember brings together 12 of Patricia Boulton’s best loved stories for children aged between 3 and 6. These stories will build memories to share for years to come. We never forget our favourite bedtime stories and these will be stories to treasure as time goes by.
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Ben the Blue Engine – Pat Boulton
550 words Children 2 – 5 years
Ben loved his job picking up the passengers each day. But one day, he went right to his journey end, and not one passenger got into the carriages behind him. When he found out why, he couldn’t believe what a silly engine he had been.
Ben the blue engine wearily hooked on the blue carriages that followed behind him. With a chuff, chuff, puff, puff, the engine puffed away, ready for his days’ work. “I seem to be so tired today, I can’t think why.” It was not like Ben to start his day this way.
Bobby’s Big Red Bouncy Ball – Pat Boulton
600 words Children 2 – 5 years
Bobby was so happy when he was given a Big Round Bouncy Ball, which his auntie brought him back from her seaside holiday. It was such a bouncy ball that it kept bouncing nearly as high as the sky, when it bounced so high it stuck in the big oak tree, he thought he would never be able to play with his ball again.
Little Bobby’s face beamed, as his Auntie Kate handed him a big red bouncy ball. His Auntie Kate, had been to the seaside for a holiday, and brought the big red bouncy ball home for Bobby. “Thank you, thank you,” Bobby said, as he put his arms up to hug his auntie.
Bonnie the Laughing Rabbit – Pat Boulton
All the animals that lived in the wood, were getting tired of hearing Bonnie the rabbit constantly laughing. Every time she saw one of them she would laugh, and laugh and laugh.
Not one of the animals could get to the bottom of it. Even Bonnie’s rabbit family could not understand why she was constantly laughing. So all the animals decided to gather round for a meeting. Perhaps one of them might come up with a reason for Bonnie’s behaviour.
Bonnie the rabbit had lots of brothers and sisters, as well as all the other animals in the wood, who were her friends. She was a very happy rabbit, and would laugh all the time even if there wasn’t anything particular to laugh at. Although all the other rabbits and animals in the wood were happy, they found Bonnie’s laughing rather a nuisance at times.
Bruno Bear’s Adventure – Pat Boulton
650 words Children 2 – 5 years
Bruno the toy bear was bored just staying in the nursery all the time and wanted to go on an adventure. At first none of the toys in the nursery wanted to go with him, but in the end Peter Rabbit said he would go. They crept out of the house through the cat flap, and had a lovely time, before it was time to go back to the nursery.
Bruno the big brown furry bear marched up and down the nursery. He was huffing and puffing, and sometimes made a growling sound. “Whatever is the matter with you Bruno? You are waking all the toys up. For goodness sake stop marching up and down and making all those odd noises.”
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.
Corner Shop Capers – Pat Boulton
1720 Women’s Fiction
Norman works in the corner shop owned by Sally. His contrary ways and awkwardness, sometimes get Sally down, but a visitor one day upsets the running of the shop, both for Norman and Sally.
“For goodness sake Norman, stop flitting about like a little old woman!” He was really trying her patience today. Sally needed to get away for a while. “I’m just popping upstairs to the flat. I’ll make us a cup of tea, won’t be long.” There had been countless times over the years when Sally had to smooth things over with irate customers, after Norman had offended them with his forthright opinions.
Daisy the Little Calf – Pat Boulton
580 words Children 2 – 5 years
Daisy the little calf loved all the attention; she had from the boys and girls who came to visit the farm. One day she had a dream that she went to live with them, and had all the attention and lots of fun every day. But, alas, she soon found out it was only a dream.
“OH look, Mummy!” called Emily. “Come to the fence and look at this beautiful, fluffy white baby cow.” Emily’s mummy came and stood next to her. “She’s certainly, the smallest and prettiest baby cow, I’ve ever seen.”
Daniel’s Fun Day at the Garden Centre – Pat Boulton
670 words Children 2 – 5 years
Daniel wasn’t happy when his mummy told him they were going to spend the day at a garden centre. He would rather play with his dinosaurs. But when they arrived, he was told there were animals, and other fun things. He and his baby sister Emily had a fun day.
“I don’t want to go to the Garden Centre,” Daniel was busy playing with his toy dinosaurs. He knew all the names of the dinosaurs, and he played imaginary games with them, which kept him happy for a long time. “I’m sure you will like going to this Garden Centre,” his mummy said.
Danny’s Dough Man – Pat Boulton
500 words Children 2 – 5 years
Danny made a dough man out of some left over pasty his mum gave him. He was so pleased with his dough man, which he had painted with bright coloured food colouring, in case he wanted to eat it. When he went to bed that night he dreamt about his dough man.
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Danny was watching his mummy making dough for an apple pie. After she had mixed the flour with the fat and the water, she prodded it and made it into a large ball of dough. PLOP…It went onto a large brown board.
Dolly Rosebud’s Tea Party – Pat Boulton
550 words Children 3 – 5 years
Teddy Ted, wanted to go to Dolly Rosebud’s tea party. He didn’t feel like playing rough and tumble games with Timmy Tin soldier today. Dolly Rosebud eventually agreed to let Teddy Ted come over the fence to her party, providing he didn’t play rough and tumble games. Dolly Rosebud was very pleased that she agreed, as it turned out to be a fun party.
“Hello Dolly Rosebud”, Teddy Ted, called over the garden fence. “May I come to your tea party?” Dolly Rosebud looked up in surprise. Teddy Ted never wanted to play with her or her other friends. He’d usually, rather play rough and tumble games with Timmy Tin Soldier.
Dotty the Donkey’s Flowery Hat – Pat Boulton
730 words Children 3 – 6 years
Dotty the donkey spent all the summer giving rides to the children on the beach. He didn’t mind as he loved his job, and the children. This was to be his last day before he went to his stable for the winter. The last day on the beach turned out to be the most fun he had had all summer.
Dotty the Donkey was always a little sad when the end of the summer came, and she no longer spent her day walking up and down the sand at the seaside. Her job was to give the little boys and girls a ride on her back. She loved to hear the children squeal with delight, as they bumped up and down on her saddle, although her master always made sure that she trotted slowly.
Gracie’s Dream – Pat Boulton
1500 words Feel Good
Gracie was determined to enter the competition. All she needed to do was to get herself fit for the event. She didn’t realise that times had changed, and disaster ended her competition.
‘I can do it, I know I can’, Gracie said to herself. She’d watched them on the television, and she knew she could still do it. I’ll straighten my back, and get my limbs to move freely. Gracie was determined to get fit to enter the competition in two months’ time. Dressed in her tracksuit, and new white trainers, off she went for her first run.
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.
Last Laugh – Pat Boulton
1000 words Humour
Kate a cub reporter is sent on her first solo assignment , to follow up a report that a strange beast has been sighted in the tiny village of ‘Langley Green’. The locals in the village soon found her, and descend on the pub. With all the conflicting descriptions of the so-called beast, Kate believes this is a wind-up. Will it turn out that way?
Kate wanted to pinch herself to make sure she wasn’t dreaming. She was setting off with Paul, an experienced photographer, to cover her first solo assignment as a reporter. “Are you sure you can read that map?” Paul teased as they drove further and further into what appeared to be ‘never-never land’. “Of course I can read maps—look! There’s the signpost.” She pointed ahead to a barely visible crossroads, with a weatherworn signpost directing them to ‘Langley Green’ the village they were looking for.
Marie’s New Game – Pat Boulton
650 words Children 2 – 5 years
Marie’s Daddy had chalked on the garden path a game of hopscotch. He taught Marie to play the game, and they had fun. When Marie’s Daddy went to work, she had no one to play with. Her Mummy was too busy, so she thought she would teach her pets to play, but although they were clever animals, they couldn’t play hopscotch. She soon found a playmate to play the game, when a little boy who had just moved next door, offered to play with her.
“Hop, hop, and hop. Jump, one, two, and three.” Marie was having a lovely time playing ‘hopscotch.’ Her daddy had drawn a pretty hopscotch game on their garden path, with different coloured chalk. He didn’t mind that her mummy had laughed when he found it difficult to stand on one leg to hop and jump to the next square.
Messy Molly – Pat Boulton
675 words Children 3 – 6 years
Molly was always getting herself dirty, no matter how she tried to keep clean. One day when she was on a bus with her mummy, she met one of her friends who was on her way to a birthday party, and had a lovely pretty party dress on. Molly really wanted a dress like her friend’s. Her mommy told her if she could keep it clean may be she could have one. The thing was could Molly possible keep clean that long.
The trouble with Molly was that she couldn’t keep her face or clothes clean, no matter how much she tried. “We’re going to the market today, and I don’t want you looking messy, before we get on the bus,” Molly’s mummy said. “Okay, Mummy, I’ll try,” answered Molly.
Peter’s Birthday Money – Pat Boulton
880 words Children 7 -9 years
Peter and his best friend Simon were off to the computer shop to spend his birthday money on a computer game. Peter was not as bright as Simon, but knew a lot about computers. The game was not in the window as Peter had expected. He is upset at the thought he won’t have the game he wants. Will everything turn out all right in the end?
“Come on Simon, hurry up!” Peter was always in a hurry. Peter was a year older than Simon; unfortunately, he wasn’t very bright for his age. Simon on the other hand, was a bright boy, so Peter’s mum, knew he would look out for Peter when they were out together. “I can’t wait to get to the computer shop, to spend my birthday money,” Peter shook the money that rattled in a money bag in his pocket.
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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Rosie’s Rag Doll – Pat Boulton
650 words Children 2 – 5 years
Rosie loved her floppy rag doll, and played with her lots of times. She loved to put her in her little doll’s buggy, but she always slipped and flopped through the side. Her mummy suggested that she go to her bedroom and find a special cover to put of her doll, to keep her firmly in her buggy, When she came back from her bedroom, her floppy doll had disappeared. It took Rosie and her mummy most of the day to look for her. When her daddy came home from work, he found Rosie’s doll in an odd place.
Rosie loved her rag doll. She was so nice and floppy. She would sit on Rosie’s lap so that Rosie could change her dress, and so that Rosie could plait her woolly yellow hair, but when Rosie tried to sit her rag doll in her doll’s buggy, she would just flop over, and fall onto the floor.