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Katy Daniel and an Icy Pond A SHORT STORY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN BY CHRIS BOWER©2018


Katy and Daniel wake up to find a thick covering of frost over everything – the trees, the walls, the grass. The sun is shining and everywhere is sparkling like diamonds. It looks like fairyland.


After breakfast Mummy asks Katy and Daniel to take their dog, Vic for a walk. They go down the lane to the village green. On the village green there is a pond, which is frozen over. Daniel puts his foot on the ice and hears a crack. The ice is not thick enough to take his weight.


Daniel picks up a stone and skims it over the ice. It bounces over the ice with echoey sounds. Vic thinks this is a good game and he bounds over the ice to catch the stone but… CRASH... Vic falls through the ice into the freezing water.


Katy and Daniel cannot go onto the ice to rescue Vic because they would fall through the ice into the water. Daniel has an idea. He runs to the village shop, which is close to the pond and tells Mr. Elliot, the shopkeeper, what has happened. He asks if he can borrow a ladder. Mr. Elliot carries the ladder to the pond.


They lay the ladder over the ice next to the hole in the ice and next to Vic. Mr. Elliot holds tightly on to one end of the ladder and Daniel crawls very carefully along the ladder to Vic.


He pulls Vic out of the water and Mr. Elliot pulls the ladder safely back over the ice to the shore.


Poor Vic is so cold he does not even have the energy to lick Daniel to say thank you.


Mr. Elliot takes them all back to his shop and his wife takes them in to their sitting room at the back of the shop. Here there is a roaring fire. She gives Katy a towel to dry Vic, who soon recovers from his bad experience. She gives Katy and Daniel a mug of hot chocolate each and soon they are all warm and happy.


Katy and Daniel thank Mr. and Mrs. Elliot and go home to tell Mummy all about their adventure and Vic gives a wag of his tail.


SOMETHING TO DO... Make Pom-Poms


For this you will need: Stiff cardboard | A pair of scissors | Knitting wool | Something to draw circles* | A pencil


1. Draw a circle on the cardboard about 10cm across and cut the circle out


2. Draw a small circle at the centre of the large circle about 3cm across and cut the small circle out


3. Now keep wrapping the wool through the small circle and over the edge of the large circle lots of times all around the circle and as much as you can


4. Carefully cut the wool all around the edge of the larger circle making sure that the wool stays in place in the small circle


5. You will now need help. Carefully take the wool out of the small circle making sure all the ends stay together. Ask your helper to tie all the strands of wool together in the centre of the length


6. Fluff it out and you have make your pom-pom. Tie a long length of wool to your pom-pom to hang it up, or to tie it to your waist. Try different sizes of circles to make smaller or larger pom-poms. You could use different coloured wools, even in the same pom-pom


*A compass is very useful to draw a circle. If you do not have one then use anything round, like a drinking glass or coin to draw round for your circles.


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