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Forest Tree King Scarlet

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 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 back of the Bridge Centre building.
Chapter three

Dilly the dog

My name is dilly I live by a nursery in Hayesdown. Dilly has brown eyes . He has small floppy ears like chocolate cake. She has a chocolate buttons nose with chocolate sauce. She likes to play on the wii-u and plays lego marvel. She likes playing football so which one of them is a leef shaped most like a boot?
Go to the top gate.
Chapter four

Mikey Magpie

My name is Mikey the Magpie. I am as small as a childs hand.Im a black and white bird and I play with my chiks. The games that we play is tag and folow the leader and skipping and me and my chiks like having a drink in the lake.Im looking for a spikey leaf that I can poke with and say get a way from my chiks I am playing with my chiks.The leaf with the most spikes will win.
Go to the stone circle.
Chapter five

Tap the Turtle

This is Tap the Turtle. He is in the black pond and he plase with his babby tertle he was looking for a joosy leaf that looks lick a peecocs fethur.
Go to the aparatus.
Chapter six

Catastrophe the cat

Mi name is Catastrophe the cat. I have have long black ears and five sharp whiskers
on each side of my face.my eyes gleam as gold as the sun.I live in the curved bushes at the very back of the field. I like to play in a broken down old, rusty van that is full of
fish. I need a tickly leaf to tickle my feet.
Go to the middle hedge at the top of the field.
Chapter seven

Slithery the Snake

I am slithery the snake his eyes are as yellow as the sun. His tongue is as pich black as the night sky. He and his hachlings play hide in the grass. Grass snakes aer magnificent. I am looking for a leaf as wide as a blanket that he can wrap himself in to hide.
Go to the composting area.
Chapter eight

Monty the Mouse

My name is Monty the Mouse. I like to sIeep in the green grass. I have pink ears. I have a short pink taiI. Monty Iikes a Iong Ieaf. He says I am looking for a Ieaf that is Iong so I can pIay on it, I can pIay jumping. So the longest leaf is my winner.

(Scribed by an adult.)
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 up.

'Tell me,' he says, 'Which did Dilly the dog choose? She likes playing football so a leef shaped like a boot.

And which did Mr Mikey the Magpie? He wanted the leaf with the most spikes.

And what about Tap the Turtle? He wanted a leaf like a peacock's feather.

And Catastrophe the Cat? He always chooses a leaf to tickle feet.

And what about Slithery the Snake? He wants a leaf to wrap himself in to hide.

And Monty the Mouse? He chose the longest leaf.

He talks so fast that you find your head gets dizzy, but you point as quickly as he asks.

'All these leaves are so beautiful,' he says 'but every competition needs a winner and the throne can only hold one person, 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 raw 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?