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Forest Tree King Skye

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 middle of the field.
Chapter three

Lacey the Ladybird

My name is Lacey the ladybird. We like the sun I live on a leaf . I'm a doctor I go to work at 9:21. I've got a brown eye its as brown as a brownie. I have a red back as red as lipstick. Spots as Black as chocolate. I play with my children Curtis ,Jay, Kaycee, Lily and Rosie, I always let them win. They are very cute. We play in the sunshine I normally have a lot of patience I always help them. Curtis is very helpful he is one of the best! I love all my children I love the blue sky it,s amazing . I think it's fantastico. My familly is awesome they tidy up when there told. My husband is Curtis and my team at the hospital is at room B.
I'm looking for a long leaf it must be able to curl up so me and my family can go to sleep.

Go to the composting area.
Chapter four

Katie the Caterpillar

My name is Katie the caterpillar . I like purple cabbages.One day I went to sleep in a plant pot . I have a big, green body as green as grass and big black eyes and I am hairy. I live in the mud by the vegetable patch. I like to dig holes in the mud. I'm looking for a leaf that is long so I can hide under it.
go to the pond
Chapter five

Robin Rabbit

My name is Robin Rabbit. I sleep in a bush with my friends and my family. I like to bounce with my friends in my house. I have a red, curly tal. My ears are so long they go up to the sky. I have fluffy fur as soft as a feather. I am looking for a green leaf that is yummy so I can eat it because I am hungry.
Go to the stone circle.
Chapter six

Steve the Giant House Spider

My name is Steve the spider. I have two red eyes as red as blood. I have cobwebs 2 feet tole. I have 8 big kreeping long legs. Trapped in a dungeon for all times. I am 6 feet tol. I will lik you. I live at the stone circle. I like caching flies. I need a stinging nettle leaf so I can hide from the red ants!!!.
Go to the train.
Chapter seven

Miss Moth Fly-by-night

As you walk along you see lots of flower petals all around like wedding confetti, but then as you get closer you realise they are all moths and each one more delicate than the last.

They all seem to be circling around one truly gorgeous specimen, sitting on a brilliant nut shaped like a horn. This queen of moths speaks into the horn and out comes a feeble voice which is scratchy and rather difficult to understand.

You put your leaves down in a row, as you think that's what's required.

Everyone put their leaves down for Miss Fly-by-night to see.

She then flutters over the leaves and tastes each one in turn, then settles back on her speaking horn. In her tiny scratchy voice she then asks you to lift them up to the sky and see which is the most transparent. 'I want to be able to see the moon light shine through the leaf' she say's, 'that's the most beautiful thing in the whole world to see, and my winning leaf will be the thinnest and most transparent of them all, a little like my wings.'

Look through your leaves and see which is the thinnest, this is the winner of this round. Miss Fly-by-night then returns to her perch and says off you go then.
Go to the top gate.
Chapter eight

Neymar the Robin.

My name is Neymar the wild red robin. I am a beautiful Robin, I have a bright red chest. My skin is light black I have sky blue eyes. My wings are red as fire and I always have a lovely smile! I fly carefully to get worms and cockroaches to eat and live in the best BEST tree. I am the best dad because I let the little ones win when we are playing games. My children are called Dylan, Rory, Jay, kaycee ,Lily, Josh, Theo and Emily, my wife is Olivia my best child is Josh and Theo and Dylan. I need a leaf that is beautiful because I like beautiful leaves so I can eat it. I will eat the freshest one, that has got no brown on it.
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 Lacey the ladybird chose?

And which did Katie the caterpillar chose?
And Neymar the wild red robin?
And what about Robin the rabbit which did he choose?

And Steve the giant house spider ? which did he like the best
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?