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Forest Tree King Big Red

Welcome to the Forest Tree King

This tale starts on the Palace Steps in Hayesdown Academy School grounds.

Do you know where they are?

When you walk to school that location the first chapter of the story will reveal.

Chapter one

The Gateway

As you step out the woodland procession approaches, and lifted highly upon firm branches, all knotted in a crazy splendid mess, sits the Forest Tree King, and all about is perfect. The sunshine of the day perches upon his shoulder and he looks lovingly down into the gathered crowd.

Ribbons and bunting are everywhere, gold, green, blue, white, yellow, fluttering like butterflies in the light summer breeze.

'Welcome my friends' he says to the gathering, his deep voice, warm and welcoming. 'Now who shall sit on my throne for the day? Who shall bring me the most perfect leaf, for that is what you must do for me and then I will grant the winner a seat upon my throne for the day.'
Chapter two


He then pauses for effect though the words are the same every year.
'But there is one simple rule, do you know it?' and all about the crowd chant 'Yes, yes we do.'
'Well then that is good, but lets help our new friends freshly joined' and he turns to you and says.

'The leaves must fall naturally to the ground, none must be picked from the trees themselves, and be careful where you collect them from, it must be clean and free from litter of any kind. Now are you ready?'

Are you? Then nod to the Forest Tree King.

All about the courtyard the frenzy is about to begin, there is a magic hush as the King lifts his arm in readiness. Everyone holds their breath waiting for the signal, then he opens his palm and out spill hundreds of rose petals, and off like a gun the crowd goes, to the left and right, people scurrying and snatching at the leaves on the ground, along the side and all about. When they have what they believe to be the best, then they head off across the grass at a mad pace.

Then the King of the Forest turns gently to you again and asks kindly. 'What are you waiting for, find one superb leaf each, make it different from each others, so no two should be alike if you can help it, then take them to the five judges in the field.'

'The winner will have the chance to sit upon my throne, it is always the prize going far back into history, further than books, and long beards, and perhaps even before shoes were invented, and that is a very long way back indeed!'

So your task is set, each take a moment to find a leaf, as perfect as can be and then when you are ready, come back to me and read on.

You all have a leaf?
Go to the stone circle.
Chapter three

Mia Monkey

My name is Mia the monkey I like taking berries from the bush and I like taking people's keys and I am fun to play with but there is one problem I chase cats. I am ten years old and like the softest leaf possible. I am the most cheeky monkey you have ever met I am from longlek. I wil follow you ol day long and I have friends. One is called Daisy and Maisie and my boy frend called Max. I have peach coloured ears like a peach and nostrils like milk chocolate buttons. I need the most softest leaf there is for day is Saturday
Go to the back of the Bridge Centre building.
Chapter four

Squire Squirrel

As you approach the judge you can see hundreds of squirrels, all bright and proud of their tails like a huge mass of furry noodles, but in the middle is Squire Squirrel, who appears to be sitting on a grand nest of twigs. The closer you get the more frantic the squirrels move, as if everything is too hot to stay still on even for a moment. Finally they can bare it no more, and suddenly they all scamper off to the near by trees, all of them that is, but for the one called Squire Squirrel.

'Put them on the ground for me to see,' he says, as he climbs down off his dray, which is the name for a squirrel's nest.

Lay your leaves in a row for the Squire to see, when you have done it then read on.

Squire Squirrel spends a few moments pruning and preening his tale before he even looks at the leaves, then in an instance he says. That one, and points at the shiniest.

Which of the leaves you have laid down is the shiniest?

'My tail is so beautiful.' says Squire Squirrel, then hops back up on to the roof to nest back in his dray. Then he see's you are still there.

'What are you waiting for, off you go to the next judge.'

Then Squire Squirrel goes back to preening his wonderful tail, perched on his magnificent dray.

So which is the shiniest, for that is the squirrels choice.
Go to the middle of the top of the field.
Chapter five

Bully Badger

I am Bully Badger. I am a male badger, I love to play hunt the worm. I am
only seven. I was born in the winter. I go to Badger school. I am
very, very skinny. I love to play in the mud. I play with the key to open the gate
outside, that somebody dropped. Every day I go through the gate to run away. I have a huge ear and a small ear. I have three ears, one is too small so nobody can see it. I am a small, black creature. I want a spiky leaf to bully people with. Put the leaves in a row on your hand whichever leaf is the sharpest is the chosen leaf to bully with.

Say goodbye to Bully badger by waving an angry fist then quickly go to the next judge
other wise he will catch you.
Go to the peace garden.
Chapter six

Happy Hamster

I am Happy the hamster. I live in a hedge, a warm hedge. I love doing exercise in my hamster wheel, I run really fast like thunder. I have black stripes all over my back as black as mud. I am six and I live by the peace garden and my tail is a bobble tail. I want the largest leaf to use as a running mat.
Go to the top gate.
Chapter seven

Beatrice the Bunny

My name is Beatrice the Bunny. I live in a little burrow at the end of the playground. I am six years old, nearly seven. I am very cheeky but the best thing I like is chocolate. I am very tall and I love the grass tickling my toes. I am ginger and white and as fluffy as candy floss.

Beatrice would like a soft and long leaf to tickle her toes. Which is the softest and longest of all your leaves?
Go to the pond area.
Chapter eight

Sams character

I am sam the snake. I live in a big lake. Sam likes to swim slowly by himself.
I want a leaf that floats because I like swimming. I need the lightest leaf like a feather.
Go back to the palace steps.
Chapter nine

The Forest Tree King

The King waits eagerly, he has judged many leaves already, but lots of faces are a little glum as nobody has won yet today, but then you place your leaves on the ground and the Kings wise eyes light right choose?
And which did Bully Badger choose ?
And which did Beatrice bunny choose?
And what about Squire Squirrel, he likes shiny, which did he choose?
And what did Mia monkey choose?
He talks so fast that you find your head gets dizzy, but you point as quickly
as he asks.
And what did Happy Hamster choose ?
'All these leaves are so beautiful,' he says 'but every competition needs a winner and the throne can only hold one personand, so . . . ' and he pauses thinking for a moment.
'Is there one leaf which has been chosen more than the others?'

Who's leaf has been chosen the most times?

But the King shakes his head, 'We can't leave it like this, I have an idea, you can take it in turns on my throne.'

And an enormous round of applause erupts from the crowd, hats are thrown into the air and music begins to start.

Then the Forest Tree King lifts you up high onto the throne of branches and all cheer at the first winner.
Chapter ten

The End

Did you enjoy the adventure?

How would you make it better?

Should there have been another judge creature? Stressy Slug, Lucky Rook, Wild Red Robin, Field Mouse, Patricia Pigeon?

If you were one of the judges what would be your criteria for the best one?

What would you change about the story?

Who's leaf should really have won?