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NO ADVERTS!
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PUDDLE SPLASHING!
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A poem for rain lovers
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE! Wh
hy th
dish ran away with the sp
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o n
THE STUNT HAMSTER
Tortoise’s New Home, The Serpent God,
Mr and Mrs Vinegar and VAMPIRE BATS!
“I would be the happiest man alive”
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Laís Bicudo Tortoise’s New Home
Alisa Coburn Who Likes the Rain?
Mette Engell Sammy the Stunt Hamster
Tim Budgen Alphabet Zoo
Begoña Fernandez Corbalán Hey Diddle Diddle
Lenny Wenn Clever Amaradevi
Guille Rancel The Feathered Serpent God
Simone Krüger Mr and Mrs Vinegar
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Read happily ever after...
Around the Worlld Tales
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amo s Fables
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Onctove r
Tortois s New Home
Clever Amaradevi
nd out how the tortoise ended
up carrying its own home.
A princess uses her engineering
skills to outwit four thieves.
Poems and Rhymess
y
yths
and Legends
Who Likes the Rain?
The Feathered Serpent God
By Clara Doty Bates. Get ready
for some puddle splashing!
An Aztec myth about the daring
god who created humans.
Tales from Today
Storyteller’s Corner
Sammy the Stunt Hamster
By Laura Thomsett. Who says
hamsters can’t skateboard?
Poe
s and Rhymes
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Mr and Mrs Vinegar
A funny tale about a couple
who live in a vinegar bottle.
Storytime Playbox
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vampire bats to wombats,
a ttrip to our zoo is always fun!
Solve a rainy-day crossword,
master our maze, make a cow
jump, and hit the skatepark!
Favourite Fairy Tales
Story Mac
Alphhabet Zoo: U, V and W
Hey Diddle Diddle
Discover how this famous
nursery rhym came to be.
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too.
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Famous Fables
Tortoise’s
New Home
I
t was the wedding day of the god Jupiter and the goddess Juno
and everyone was invited – even the animals.
Tortoise had been getting ready for hours. She put on her smartest sandals and
made a flower wreath to wear on her head. As she admired herself in the mirror,
she thought, “These flowers would look so pretty in a vase.” So she went out
to her garden to cut some more. A little while later, there were fresh flowers
in every vase in every room in her house. She sniffed the flowers and smiled.
“Oh, there’s no place like home.”
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Meanwhile, the guests had arrived at
Jupiter and Juno’s wedding and there
was a buzz of excitement in the air.
At the wedding, Jupiter and Juno
were growing impatient.
“Is everybody here?” asked Jupiter.
“Has anybody seen Tortoise at all
today? Is she ill?” asked Juno.
“No, I haven’t seen Tortoise arrive yet,”
said Lizard.
“I sssaw her at the ssswamp. She
looked sssplendid to me,” said Snake.
Jupiter sighed. Everyone knew that
Tortoise was slow. “Okay, we’ll wait.”
Juno sighed and Jupiter grumbled.
“Okay, we’ll wait a bit longer.”
Back at Tortoise’s house, she had been
plumping up the cushions on her sofa
ready for when she got home later. “It
looks so comfortable here, I think I’ll
sit down for a while,” she thought. As
she nestled into a plump cushion, she
said, “Oh, there’s no place like home.”
Meanwhile, Tortoise had spotted a
speck of dust and tidying it up put her
in the mood for cleaning. By the time
she had finished, her house was spick
and span. She looked around proudly
and thought, “Oh, there’s no place like
home. Truly, it’s fit for the gods.”
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Tortoise gasped. “Eek, the gods!” She
had forgotten all about the wedding.
She took one last look at her home
and set off for the celebration. But,
as she was a tortoise, it took a long
time to get there.
When she finally arrived, the animals
and the gods were already in their
seats. When they turned to look at
her, she could see how annoyed they
were. Jupiter and Juno were scowling.
Tortoise blushed and hurried to her
chair as quickly as she could.
“Where have you been?” snapped
Jupiter. “You’ve kept us all waiting.”
“I’m so sorry,” said Tortoise. “I was
having such a lovely time at home, I
forgot the time.” She added dreamily,
“Oh, there’s no place like home!”
Jupiter was deeply insulted. “Very
well. If you can’t be persuaded to
leave your precious home on such
a special occasion, from now on you
can carry it with you.”
There was a flash of light and, all of a
sudden, Tortoise’s back was covered
with a shiny round dome. Jupiter had
given her her very own portable home
so she never had an excuse to be late
again. And that is how the tortoise
got its shell!
Poems and Rhymes
Who Likes the Rain?
By Clara Doty Bates
“I
” said the duck. “I call it fun,
For I have my little red rubbers on.
They make a cunning three-toed track
In the soft, cool mud. Quack! Quack!”
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“I!” cried the dandelion. “I!
My roots are thirsty, my buds are dry.”
And she lifted a tousled yellow head
Out of her green and grassy bed.
“I hope it will pour! I hope it will pour!”
Purred the tree toad at his grey back door.
“For with a broad leaf for a roof,
I am perfectly weatherproof.”
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Sang the brook: “I laugh at every drop,
And wish they never need to stop,
Till a big river I grew to be,
And could find my way to the sea.”
“I!” shouted Ted. “For I can run,
With my high top boots and my raincoat on,
Through every puddle and runlet and pool
That I can find on my way to school.”
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Tales from Today
Sammy
the Stunt Hamster
By Laura Thomsett
Y
ou’ve probably guessed it already, but pets get up to all
kinds of mischief when their owners are at school.
Take Benny the budgie. He learnt how to escape from his
cage years ago. He sneaks out, turns on the kitchen tap,
and runs a hot tub to splash around in all day. And Sylvia
the Siamese cat dresses up in her owner’s clothes. She has
a thing about hats. Fran the dachshund, meanwhile, is a total fitness
freak. The moment the door slams, she’s on the treadmill. She’s always
trying to make everyone do press-ups. Fran is a bit bossy like that.
I know this because I live with them. I’m Sammy the hamster.
“Morning, little dude!” Benny always calls me that, which
is annoying as he’s the same size as me, but I can’t be
cross, because it’s Benny who lets me out every day.
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Just like yesterday. “Thanks, Benny!”
I said, as he unhooked my cage door.
“What are you up to today?”
“You can just run around in your
wheel,” said Fran. “Hamsters don’t
have any special skills.”
“The usual,” said Benny, while I
clambered down onto the floor. “A
bit of splashing, a bit of paddling.”
No special skills! She really shouldn’t
have said that.
Fran was doing a burpee, but her
ears pricked up. “The usual? How
boring! I say we put on a show.
There’ll be music and lights and
applause!” Fran looked dreamy.
Sylvia sauntered over wearing a red
beret. “We can each do an act. It will
be superrrb,” she purred.
“I know my act,” chirped Benny,
bobbing his head up and down.
“What will I do?” I asked.
While everyone prepared their acts,
I scurried into Riley’s room. Riley is
my owner. She had just the thing I
needed, if only I could find it. There
it was – her finger skateboard. The
perfect size for me!
I stepped on cautiously and tried to
skate along, but the wheels moved
faster than my feet and, before I knew
it, the skateboard had whizzed away.
I landed on my back with my legs in
the air. This wasn’t going to be easy.
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I tried again. This time, I stayed on
for a bit longer – with all four legs!
But then I couldn’t work out how to
stop and I crashed into a cupboard.
“Ouch, that hurt!” I moaned. For
the next hour, I smashed, bashed,
tumbled and stumbled. I was about
to give up when I spotted one of
Riley’s action figures wearing a
helmet. Exactly what I needed!
I was strapping it on when Benny
flew in. “It’s show-time, shorty!” he
chirped. I nudged the skateboard
into the living room. Fran was
looking smart in a dickie bow.
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“Ladies and gentlemen, mammals
and bird, welcome to ‘The Greatest
Show on Earth’ starring Benny the
Bold, Sylvia the Supple, Fran the
Fearless and Sammy the... umm…
Sammy the… err...”
“Sammy the Stunt Hamster!” I
squeaked as loudly as I could.
“Yes, Sammy the… umm… Stunt
Hamster. We got your
wheel out for you,”
said Fran.
“I won’t be needing
it, thanks,” I said,
gesturing at my
skateboard.
“Okay, first up in our show is that
fantastic flying sensation, Benny!”
roll and catapult her way across the
room. She didn’t lose her beret once!
“No flying today, fans. Instead, I will
impress you with a high dive!”
“Bravo, bravo!” we all cried.
In the kitchen, Benny had filled the
sink to the top. He perched high on
a cupboard, lifted his wings straight
above his head and SPLASH! He dived
into the water. When his head bobbed
up again, we all whooped.
“And now I will amaze you with my
incredible strength!” said Fran, and
she balanced on her hind legs and
lifted a heavy weight above her head.
Her little legs wobbled, but she did it!
“Hooray!’ we all cheered.
“A diving bird,” said Fran. “Whatever
next? And now Sylvia the Supple is
going to wow us with her cat-robatics!”
Next it was my turn. I strapped on my
helmet and grabbed my skateboard.
With a flick of her tail, Sylvia switched
on the radio and began to somersault,
“And, finally, it’s time for Sammy the
Stunt Hamster! He is going to astound
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us with his super skateboarding skills!”
said Fran, looking a bit nervous.
I gulped.
“It’s okay if you want to go on your
wheel instead, little fella,” whispered
Benny. But I was determined.
I set off for the far end of the room.
I took a deep breath. I stood on the
skateboard and I kicked off. It was
brilliant. It was like flying!
I whizzed across the floor going faster
and faster. Soon the whole room was
a blur. As I got closer to Benny, Sylvia
and Fran, I tried to put my foot down,
but I was pinned to the board.
I heard Fran cry, “LOOK OUT!” so
I leant to one side and steered the
board towards my wheel. As I reached
it, I tried to hop off, but the skateboard
came with me and we landed inside
the wheel. Before I knew what was
happening, I was looping the loop
over and over again.
Round and round and round I went
until, at last, the skateboard began
to slow down. As soon as I could,
I hopped off. The room was spinning
around me. To hide how dizzy I felt,
I bowed very slowly.
Benny, Sylvia and Fran were going
wild. “Wow! Incredible! Amazing!
What a star!”
“Hamsters really do have special
skills,” said Fran, smiling.
“Come on, big guy,” chirped Benny.
“Better get you back in your cage.
The humans will be back soon.”
I was still grinning when Riley came to
get me out of my cage in the evening.
She looked at me in a funny way. I
couldn’t understand why until she
called, “Mum! Why did you put a
helmet on Sammy?”
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Poems and Rhymes
Alphabet Zoo
Animals beginning
with V, W and U
are the stars of
your latest visit
to our zoo!
T
he umbrellabird is a strange fella –
It wears a feather quiff like an umbrella.
A strange dangly wattle hangs from its chin,
Which blows up like a balloon and makes a din.
It booms like a foghorn to try to impress,
And puffs up its crest to look the best dressed.
It makes this effort to win the perfect mate,
What do you think – will he find a nice date?
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Next door is the only mammal that can fly,
The vampire bat swoops through the night sky.
It’s eager for a meal, ready for a bite,
And there’s only one thing on the menu tonight.
It wants blood, blood, mmm… glorious blood,
All runny and red and lip-licking good!
It’s craving a cow, it’s hungry for horse,
Just one tasty vein will be its main course.
ANIMAL FACT!
Vampire bats are the only mammals in the world to live only on
blood. To find out more gruesome and cute animal facts, download
our Alphabet Zoo Factsheet from storytimemagazine.com/free.
We’ve got puzzles and posters for you too!
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Quick, run away! Let’s visit the wombat –
A marsupial like a furry pig or cat.
This pudgy plant-eater lives underground,
And leaves cube-shaped poops in little mounds.
The poop stays put and doesn’t roll away,
And keeps unwelcome visitors at bay.
If predators come by, the wombat doesn’t jump,
It blocks its doorway with its super-tough rump!
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Hear that howling? The wolves are saying “Hello!”
Maybe if you’re lucky, they’ll give you a show.
They’ll howl in harmony, working as a pack,
Hoping to be paid with a tasty meat snack.
But deep in the wilderness, Team Wolf runs free,
Oldest ancestor of the canine family!
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Favourite Fairy Tales
Hey Diddle Diddle
By L. Frank Baum
O
nce upon a time, there was a young boy called Bobby who lived
on a farm with his ma and pa, his dog, his cat and a cow.
Bobby’s ma and pa were often busy working on the farm, and Bobby helped
them whenever he could. When he had some time to himself, he played with his
pets or he plucked a tune on the old fiddle his pa had given him for his birthday.
Bobby had taught himself to play the fiddle and his ma and pa loved nothing
better than listening to his music.
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One hot summer afternoon, Bobby’s ma and pa had to fetch some groceries
from the market, so Bobby was going to be left alone.
“We won’t be back till the moon has risen,” said his ma, “so I’ve left you a dish
with your supper in it and there’s a glass of fresh milk in the fridge too. Be good
and don’t forget to do your chores.”
Bobby promised to be good and they kissed him goodbye. As their wagon
disappeared from view, Bobby’s dog came running up to play.
“Hold up there, Towser,” Bobby said to his dog. “I have to weed my vegetable
patch first.” So Bobby set to work, pulling out the big weeds in the vegetable
patch. His little dog watched him, his tail wagging happily.
It was hard work and the sun was beating down. Soon Misty the cat joined them
and curled up in a patch of shade under a bush and, before long, Bluebell the
cow came over too.
INVENT IT!
Can you make up the
story behind another famous
nursery rhyme? Choose your
favourite and have a go!
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“There’s no shade here, Bluebell!”
said Bobby. “I know. Why don’t we
all walk over to the pond? We can
sit in the shade of the trees and I
can eat my supper there.”
Bobby ran inside to get his dish and
his spoon and his glass of milk. He
tucked his fiddle under his arm, and
he walked to the pond with the cat
and the dog at each heel, and
Bluebell the cow at his side.
Bobby sat on the grassy bank. It was
cool and refreshing in the shade and
soon the sun sank below the horizon
and a crescent moon began to rise.
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He ate up his supper, sparing a few
scraps for Towser, and he drank his
milk, pouring a little into his empty
dish for Misty the cat. The dog and the
cat licked the dish clean and looked
at him gratefully. Meanwhile Bluebell
mooed contentedly, chewing on the
lush green grass beside them.
It was a perfect summer evening, so
Bobby picked up his old fiddle and
played a sweet melody to entertain
them all. While he played, the bright
moon rose higher and higher until its
reflection fell right in the middle of the
still pond. The dog yawned, the cat
purred and the cow chewed. All was
well with the world.
When Bobby finished playing, he felt
so relaxed he lay on the grass and
began to snooze. But while he dozed,
Misty stood up to have a good stretch.
She flicked her tail and accidentally
strummed the fiddle. This startled the
cat, who jumped back and caught her
front paw between the fiddle’s strings.
She tried to run away, but the fiddle
came with her, clanging and twanging
with every step. No matter how much
she wriggled, she couldn’t break free.
Hissing, screeching and wailing, she
ran towards Bluebell.
The commotion made Bobby wake up
with a start. He opened his eyes just
in time to see Misty playing the fiddle
and hurtling towards Bluebell. The
cow was so frightened, she jumped
out of the way and took a mighty leap
over the moon’s reflection in the pond.
Bobby rubbed his tired eyes and
scratched his head.
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out the nursery rhyme at the end of this
story. We’ve got a cat with a fiddle, a
dog, a cow, a dish, a spoon and a moon
for you. You can download them here:
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Towser the dog thought it was all a wonderful game and was
yapping and jumping from side to side, trying to work out how
he could join in. He was so excited, he knocked the dish and
the spoon. They tumbled all the way down the grassy bank
and landed in the pond with a splash!
Bobby jumped to his feet and chased after Misty, who was
still jigging around trying to free herself from the fiddle.
“There, there,” said Bobby, as he grabbed her. Bobby was
sure he could see Towser grinning from ear to ear. When the
cat was calm, Bobby fished the dish and the spoon out of
the pond and herded Bluebell the cow back into her field.
The first thing he did when he got home was sit down and
compose a new tune inspired by everything he had seen
that night. By the time his ma and pa got back, he’d finished.
You might recognise it. It goes like this:
Hey diddle diddle,
7KH FDW DQG WKH ŅGGOH
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed
to see such fun,
And the dish ran
an away
with the spooon!
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Around the World Tales
Clever Amaradevi
O
nce in Cambodia there was a princess called Amaradevi. Her
father, the king, was extremely wealthy. He had more jewels
and caskets filled with gold than any other king who ever lived.
Everyone knew that the man who married
Amaradevi would be rich beyond his wildest
dreams, which is why four of the king’s
greedy ministers proposed to her.
They didn’t care that she was
smart and kind – they were only
interested in her wealth.
But Amaradevi saw the greed in
their eyes and turned down each
minister. Instead, she married a man
called Mahoseth, who loved Amaradevi
for who she was and not for what she had.
The marriage angered the ministers and
they plotted and schemed. Eventually,
they asked for an audience with the king.
“Your Majesty, Mahoseth is a bad man. He
plans to kill you and take your throne.”
The king didn’t believe it at first, but the
ministers told him wicked lies to
persuade him it was true.
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That day, the king banished Mahoseth
from his kingdom and told him never
to return. Amaradevi pleaded with her
father to change his mind, but he was
stubborn and wouldn’t listen.
Meanwhile, the four ministers were
delighted that their plan had worked.
The path was clear to win Amaradevi’s
heart again. They agreed that the
man who succeeded would divide
her riches, so everyone got a share.
But Amaradevi was smarter than they
realised – she knew it was their fault
that her husband had been banished.
While the ministers plotted when to
approach her, she was hatching a
plan to prove how wicked they were.
A week later, the ministers decided
that now was the right time to visit the
princess. The first minister knocked on
her chamber door and professed his
undying love for her.
“I will take care of you, dear princess,”
he wheedled. “You won’t have to lift
a finger with me by your side.”
Princess Amaradevi smiled. “Perhaps
I should marry you. Come back at
seven o’clock this evening and I will
tell you my decision.”
The first minister left her chamber
rubbing his hands with glee.
That day, the other ministers visited
the princess one after the other. Each
man asked for her hand in marriage.
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Princess Amaradevi asked the second
minister to visit her at eight o’clock, the
third minister to visit at nine o’clock, and
the fourth minister to visit at ten o’clock.
When the last minister left her chamber,
she called for her servants and started
to draw up a plan.
Princess Amaradevi was not only
good at languages and art, she was
also skilled at maths, engineering and
science. She asked her servants to pull
up her rugs, smash through the tiled
floor and dig a pit in the middle of her
chamber. Next, she came up with the
perfect ingredients for glue.
“Please fill the pit to shoulder height
with a mixture of mud, hot water and
sticky rice, and mix them well,” she
instructed her servants.
Finally, she designed a trap door to
cover the pit. It was operated by a rope
hidden behind a curtain. When it was
finished, she covered the trapdoor with
a rug and asked her maid to place her
most precious jewels on a table next
to the trapdoor.
“Tonight, four ministers will visit me,
one at a time,” she told her maid.
“Please answer the door
to each one. Tell them I am
getting ready and ask them
to wait near the jewels, and
come and get me.”
At seven o’clock sharp, the
first minister knocked on
her door. As instructed, the
maid left him by the jewels
and fetched the princess.
When the minister saw the
pile of precious gems, his
eyes lit up.
“I’m sure the princess won’t miss
a few rubies,” he thought, and he
shoved a handful into his pocket.
He didn’t realise that Amaradevi
was watching him from behind the
curtain. She and her maid pulled
hard on the hidden rope, causing
the trapdoor to swing open.
The second minister helped himself
to sapphires. The third minister stole
emeralds and the fourth scooped
up handfuls of diamonds.
Each time, as they crammed the
sparkling jewels into their pockets,
Amaradevi pulled the rope and sent
them plunging into the sticky pit.
The minister wailed and fell into the
deep pit of thick mud and sticky
rice. Amaradevi let go of the rope
and the trapdoor slammed shut,
silencing his cries for help.
The other ministers arrived at the
agreed times and the maid left
each of them by the table of jewels.
Not one of them could resist the
gleam of the gems.
Hidden Treasures
Five items of Amaradevi’s
golden jewellery are hiding
in this picture. Colour
in this gem when
you find them.
Princess Amaradevi left them all to stew in the gluey mixture
until morning. Then she asked her servants to hoist out the
ministers and bring them before the king.
When he saw his four ministers covered from head to toe in
goo, the king was confused. “What has happened here?”
“Father, I ask your permission to prove that these four men
are traitors,” said Amaradevi.
The king nodded and Princess Amaradevi continued. “I once
refused to marry each of them because I knew they were only
interested in your wealth. When I married Mahoseth, they plotted
against him, inventing a story to make you banish him.”
The ministers tried to protest, but the sticky mixture was still
smeared around their mouths and it muffled their cries.
“As soon as Mahoseth had gone, each minister asked for
my hand in marriage again – but I know that all they truly
love is your money. I put this to the test by presenting
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each of them with a great temptation – a table full of jewels. Each man
gave in and stole your riches, and I can prove this to you.”
Amaradevi reached into each minister’s pocket and pulled out piles of
rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds. “All taken from a table in my
room. My maid is a witness,” said Amaradevi, smiling triumphantly.
The king was enraged and asked his guards to throw all four ministers into
the dungeons immediately. They remained there for the rest of their lives.
Later that week, Princess Amaradevi was reunited with her husband
Mahoseth and she never had to use her ingenious trapdoor again.
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Myths and Legends
The Feathered
Serpent God
uetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god, was different to the
other Aztec gods. He was a good and caring leader who
didn’t believe in sacrifice.
Q
Perhaps this was because it was Quetzalcoatl who brought people to life in the
first place. You see, at the dawn of this world, there were no men, women or
children. This made Quetzalcoatl sad, so he decided to travel to Mictlan, which
was the Aztec name for the underworld, to find the bones of the people who
had lived long, long ago and bring them back to life again.
He asked his twin brother, the dog-headed god Xolotl, to guide him. “The Lord
and Lady of the underworld won’t give up their bones easily,” Quetzalcoatl
warned him, but Xolotl was happy to help.
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Xolotl led the way, using his amazing
sense of smell to find a route through
the underworld passages until they
reached the Lord and Lady of Mictlan.
They were sitting on thrones made
from skeletons, with bats and owls
perched beside them. They wore bone
jewellery and, around them, old chests
overflowed with yet more bones.
“You can have the bones if you can
entertain me with this instrument,”
he sneered, handing Quetzalcoatl a
conch shell with no hole in it. It would
be impossible to make music with it.
“No problem,” said Quetzalcoatl. “Let
me go and compose a tune for you.”
Quetzalcoatl greeted them politely.
“With your permission, I have come for
the bones of the ancient people, so I
can bring life to the world again.”
Xolotl thought they would have to
give up, but Quetzalcoatl had a plan.
He left the Lord and Lady’s chamber,
then summoned the worms and asked
them to gnaw holes in the shell. Next,
he called for the bees and asked
them to buzz inside the shell.
The Lord of Mictlan was irritated. It was
law that he couldn’t refuse a request
from a god, but he didn’t want to give
up his collection of precious bones.
When Quetzalcoatl returned, he put
his mouth to the shell and it hummed
and buzzed a tuneful melody. The
Lord and Lady scowled.
SAY IT!
Names in Central and
South American myths can
look tricky to pronounce.
For Quetzalcoatl say
kets-orl-ko-artul and for
Xolotl say show-lot-ul.
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“Now may I have some of your bones,
please?” asked Quetzalcoatl.
“Very well,” said the Lady of Mictlan.
“But only if you promise they will be
returned to us one day.”
“Of course,” agreed Quetzalcoatl.
“Humans are mortal, so you will get
your precious bones back.”
“Okay, take some,” she sighed, and
Quetzalcoatl opened up a large
chest. He and his brother grabbed
as many bones as they could carry.
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But they hadn’t gone far when the
Lord and Lady of Mictlan began to
have doubts. “Stop! We’ve changed
our minds. Bring our bones back!”
Quetzalcoatl turned to his brother.
“You’re faster than I am. Drop your
bones and run back to the chamber.
Tell the Lord and Lady I will leave the
bones here. Delay them as much as
you can, so I can escape.”
Xolotl did as his brother asked, but
the Lord and Lady of Mictlan saw
through his lies. They chased after
him and, when they discovered that
Quetzalcoatl hadn’t dropped the
bones, they sent their bats and owls
to bring him back.
They also used their powers to make
a deep hole in his path. The feathered
serpent god was running so fast, he
couldn’t stop. He fell headfirst into
the hole, breaking many of the bones
he was carrying.
When Xolotl caught up with him, he
leapt into the bottom of the pit and
hauled his brother out.
Together, with owls and bats flapping
and pecking around their heads, they
ran as fast as they could. At last, they
managed to outrun the Lord and Lady
of the underworld and escaped into
the bright sunshine.
Quetzalcoatl wasted no time. The next
day, he brought humans back to life.
For a long time afterwards, the Aztec
people believed that humans came in
different shapes and sizes because
they were fashioned from the broken
bones Quetzalcoatl had brought with
him from Mictlan.
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Storyteller’s Corner
Mr and Mrs Vinegar
M
r and Mrs Vinegar had the strangest home anyone had
ever seen. They lived in a vinegar bottle.
One day, Mr Vinegar was sweeping the house, when he accidentally
whacked the broom handle against the side of the bottle. In an instant,
the house shattered and came crashing down around him.
Moments later, Mrs Vinegar came home. “Oh, Mr Vinegar! What happened
to our lovely house?”
“We’re ruined!” cried Mr Vinegar. “It was an accident. I’m so sorry.”
“Never mind,” said Mrs Vinegar. “The door is still in one piece. Let’s see
if we can sell it at the market.”
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Together, they lifted the door and set off into the forest. It was a long way to the
market and the Vinegars soon grew tired, so they decided to climb up a tree
and spend the night there.
“We’ll drag up the door so nobody can take it,” said Mr Vinegar.
So that’s what they did, and it felt so good to lie down and rest, they soon fell
asleep. But in the middle of the night Mr Vinegar was woken by a noise. There
were people down below.
“Let’s divide the booty,” said a gruff voice. “That’s ten gold coins for you, ten for
you and twenty for me.”
They were thieves! Mr Vinegar was so nervous, he couldn’t stop fidgeting. The
door tipped and rolled and wobbled. Then it hurtled towards the ground, landing
on the thieves’ heads.
The thieves were so frightened, they dropped their money and ran away.
Imagine It!
Mr and
Mrs Vinega
r lived in a
vinegar bo
ttle. What w
ill their
next home
be
somewhere ? Can you think of
weird and w
onderful
for them to
live?
In the morning, when they were sure it
was safe, the Vinegars climbed down.
Their door was ruined, but the golden
coins were still there.
“We’ve made our fortune,” cried Mr
and Mrs Vinegar, jumping for joy.
“I know,” said Mrs Vinegar, “you go to
the market and buy a cow. We’ll be
able to sell its milk and make butter
and cheese. I’ll go home and tidy up.”
Mr Vinegar agreed and set off for the
market to look for a cow.
It wasn’t long before he spotted a fine
red cow – perfect for milking.
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“Oh, if I had that cow, I would be the
happiest man alive,” said Mr Vinegar.
He bought it from the farmer and was
so proud of his purchase, he paraded
the cow up and down the market.
He soon passed an old man who was
playing the bagpipes. The old man
had a crowd around him and people
were throwing coins into his hat.
“Oh, if I had those bagpipes, I would
be the happiest man alive,” said Mr
Vinegar, “and rich too!”
Mr Vinegar approached the bagpipe
player. “That’s a lovely instrument, sir.
You must make a great deal of money
from it. I’d love to own one just like it.”
“It is beautiful and I do make a great
deal of money, but I’d be willing to
swap it for your red cow.”
Mr Vinegar skipped happily. “Done!”
he cried, and he swapped his fine red
cow for the bagpipes.
Mr Vinegar tried to play a tune, but
every note sounded like a wailing cat,
and the crowd hurried away.
Poor Mr Vinegar tried to play until his
fingers turned blue with cold. At last,
he decided to give up. As he left the
town, he passed a man wearing a pair
of thick warm gloves.
“Oh, if I had those gloves, I would
be the happiest man alive,” said Mr
Vinegar, “and warm too!”
So he said to the man, “Those gloves
must keep you warm and toasty,”
“Indeed they do,” said the man. “I love
them, but I’d be willing to swap them
for those bagpipes of yours.”
“Done!” cried Mr Vinegar, and he
swapped the bagpipes for the warm
gloves, and began to walk home.
Wearing the gloves, he felt happier
than ever, but as he trudged along, his
back ached. He saw a woman walking
towards him with a long walking stick.
“Oh, if I had that stick, I would be
the happiest man alive,” sighed Mr
Vinegar, “and less achey too!”
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When he met the woman, he said, “That’s a good long walking stick.”
“It is,” said the woman. “It’s walked many a mile with me, but my hands are
so cold, I’d swap my stick for those thick, warm gloves you’re wearing.”
“Done!” cried Mr Vinegar, and he swapped the gloves for the long walking stick.
Mr Vinegar walked on, pleased with his new stick. However, as he got closer to
home, a blackbird landed on a tree in front of him and cawed, “Mr Vinegar, you
foolish man! You spent your gold coins on a fine red cow, then swapped it for
bagpipes you can’t even play. Then you swapped the bagpipes for a pair of
old gloves, and swapped the gloves for a stick you could have found in the
forest. From forty gold coins to an old stick. What a buffoon! What a blockhead!”
The blackbird screeched with laughter. Mr Vinegar grew so angry, he threw his
stick at it, but it got stuck in the tree’s branches, so now he had nothing at all.
When he reached home with no gold, no cow, no bagpipes, no gloves
and no stick, well… let’s just say he was not the happiest man alive
and Mrs Vinegar was not the happiest woman!
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Storytime
There’s a puzzle or activity for every story or poem in this issue,
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Fill our crossword
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3. They’re fluffy, white and in the sky.
7. The colour of the sky when it rains.
An outerr layer you wear that
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QUICK
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wear when it’s raining.
2. A quacking bird
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4. The noise you make
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5. Drops of water that
fall from the sky.
6. If you don’t put
up your umbrella
you’ll get...
What jewels did the first minister steal in our
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a. Diamonds
b. Rubies
c. Sapphires
d. Emeralds
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Exit
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MICTLAN
MAZE
Can you help
Quetzalcoatl
find his way out
of the spooky
underworld?
Look out for
the owls!
4
DOT TO
DOT
Join the dots
to reveal one
of the animals
from our stories.
Colour in the
picture too.
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SPOT!
BLOCKHEA
Look out – there’s a
vampire bat hiding on
our puzzle pages!
Decorate
and colour
in the letter
V when you
sspot it.
Mr Vinegar swapped his
valuable possessions,
but which order did he
do it in? Write a number
next to each item. Use
a number 1 for the first
item he traded and
number 5 for the last.
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MAKE A JUMPING COW! growsnk-uap
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Can you make the cow jump over the moon? Try it with
this Hey Diddle Diddle-inspired craft.
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Use the pointed end of a pair of scissors to pierce the centre
of the plate.
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push it through the hole in the plate. Don’t flatten it out yet.
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uetzalcoatl, the feathered
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different to the
other Aztec gods.
He was a good and
caring leader who
didn’t believe in
sacrifice.
Perhaps th s is because
it was Quetzalcoatl
who brought life to
place You see at
people n the first
the dawn of this world
there were no men
This made Quetzalco
women or ch ldren
atl sad so he decided
to travel to Mictlan
Aztec name for the
which was the
underworld to find
the bones of the people
long long ago and
who had ived
bring them back to
life again
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bro her the dog headed
god Xolotl to guide
and Lady of the underworld
him The Lord
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