Mrs McGonagle’s Hat – Valerie Dawson-Miles
840 words Children 3 – 7 years
Mrs McGonagle was a cat that loved hats, but didn’t have one! She was desperate to have one – it was her greatest desire – and in the end just the right one was found quite by chance, and in the most surprising of places . . .
Mrs McGonagle was a cat that loved hats. The trouble was, she hadn’t got one! She saw the children play with their dolls, the dolls had hats, the children had hats, the baby in the pram had a hat, but not Mrs McGonagle. So Mrs McGonagle was a cat with a mission, and that was to find a hat. But how, just how, she mused, would she do that?
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 Cat Who Sang to the Moon – Valerie Dawson-Miles
850 words Children 3 – 7 years
Gusto was an old marmalade cat, known for his story-telling, his wisdom, and above all, his singing to the moon. Taken in by an aspiring actor as a kitten, he became famous for his ‘singing’. Especially at full moon . . .
He was an old cat, August Tom (or Gusto, as he was known), a wise cat, sleeping on the fence, his marmalade fur all cosied about him in the sun. “Shhhh,” said Jemmie, the old tabby, as the kittens played. “Don’t wake old Gusto, just keep quiet and play nicely”. “Yes, Auntie Jem,” piped up Pippin, the smallest of the three kittens, with the little pink nose. “We will, but why?”
The Little Cat who Wanted to Dance – Valerie Dawson-Miles
Children 3 – 7
There was a little cat who really wanted to dance, but just didn’t know how, although she’d heard about it. She so wanted to try, but how was she going to be able to find out how?
There once was a little cat called Jasmine who really wanted to dance, but she didn’t really know how, and she really wasn’t too sure how to find out. She’d heard the other cats talking about how they had been dancing, in the long summer evenings, when the moths came out to play, and she’d watched them too…
The Mice, The Snow and the Magic Tree – Valerie Dawson-Miles
2600 words Children 3 – 6 years
The little field mice keep going into a house to get away from the cold, over Christmas, and then a strange wee mousie leads them to the Magic Tree, under which they can live in wonderful warmth, where there is no winter, ever again.
This story is included in the collection Read It Again
It was winter, the snow was all around, had been for days, inches deep! The sky was leaden, with the promise of more to come, and all around the sound was hushed, as it does with deep snow on the ground! Fergus the little woodmouse wiffled his whiskers, it was getting pretty cold in the burrow, pretty cold indeed, and he was hungry, so very hungry! The store of seeds in the family’s winter cache in the burrow was getting rather low, and he’d heard his mum, Frillymouse, remark to her sister, Frillywhiskers, that she hadn’t seen any bugs and insects around for ages…