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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER The Animal in the Wood A SHORT STORY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN BY CHRIS BOWER©2018


There is a wood at the bottom of Katy and Daniel’s garden. They tried to explore it once but got lost. This time, they decide to explore the wood with their friends, Matthew and Poppy. Matthew says that they must leave a trail so that they can find their way back home. They leave sticks to point the way home.


There are all sorts of trees in the wood. They can see that the trees are different but do not know what they are called. Poppy draws some of the trees so that they can look up in a book when they get home to see what the trees are called. Katy takes out a crayon and borrows paper from Poppy. She then puts the paper on the trunk of the tree and rubs the crayon on the paper. She gets a lovely pattern off the bark. Daniel and Matthew collect leaves from each tree.


“Now we will easily be able to see what the trees are called,” says Matthew.


Suddenly, they hear a noise near to them. It sounds like a big animal. Katy is frightened and says it could be a bear or a wolf. Daniel tells her not to be frightened because there are no wild bears or wolves in Cumbria.


“It could have escaped from a zoo,” whispers Katy who is still very frightened.


“Let’s go very quietly and see what it is,” says Daniel.


They creep forward and come to a clearing in the wood where grass is growing. In the middle of the clearing is… A COW! It is quietly eating the grass.


AND NOW FOR SOMETHING TO DO...


Make your


own Memory Stick!


For this you will only need ... a few lengths of string!


“The cow should not be here,” says Matthew. “We must tell Farmer Kirkbride. He will know what to do.”


Daniel and Poppy stay near the cow to keep an eye on it and Katy and Matthew follow their signs back to Katy’s house.


Katy’s Mummy phones Farmer Kirkbride on his mobile. He says he will come right away. Katy and Matthew take Farmer Kirkbride back to the cow quietly eating the grass.


“The cow belongs to my neighbour,” says Farmer Kirkbride. He knows the wood well and gently drives the cow along a path back to his neighbour’s field.


“The cow must have jumped over the hedge. They do that sometimes,” says Farmer Kirkbride.


“I have heard of cows jumping over the moon,” says Katy, “but never over a hedge before!”


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  CASS Before, After School & Holiday Club


Regular & casual bookings are welcome. Flexible bookings now available for before and after school care


Further info on the website or contact us on


01900 828199 07419 126 195


www.cockermouthafterschoolscheme.co.uk The Scout Centre, St. Helens Street, Cockermouth CA13 9HX


WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


We welcome all to our Open Afternoon


Thursday 11th October from 1.30pm Enjoy our school, take a tour,


meet the teachers and children, view all classes and see our facilities


If this isn't convenient to you please contact the school office on 01900 829859 to arrange a mutually convenient time


ISSUE 429 | 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 | 29


When you are out for a walk, look out for a stick and pick it up. Then look out for interesting things like a feather, a pretty stone, an empty snail shell, or a beech nut case. You will be able to find many more exciting things on your walk. Tie them to your stick and when you get home you will have a Memory Stick to remind you of your walk.


© SUSAN FLEMMING


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