WELCOME TO THE FOREST
An Original Story by Sylvia Rouss
As autumn came to the big forest, a little acorn dropped from the branches of a big oak tree.
A woodpecker snatched the falling acorn in its pointy beak but a sudden a gust of wind startled the bird and it dropped the acorn to the forest floor.
A squirrel, with cheeks full of nuts, tried to pick up the acorn but its mouth was too full.
The squirrel scurried up a tree as a big burly bear lumbered by and trampled the little acorn into the ground.
Nearby a busy chipmunk dug a hole and covered the acorn with loose soil.
Winter came and snow began to fall. The woodpecker flew away to a warmer place and the forest animals stayed snug in their homes. The squirrel was warm and cozy in its treetop nest, the bear in its den, the chipmunk in its burrow and the little acorn under its blanket of soil.
An earthworm dug a tunnel near the little acorn making room for its small roots as they began to grow.
Spring came and the snow melted. Dark gray clouds looked down from the sky and sprinkled raindrops onto the forest.
A tiny sprout burst through the soil and thirstily drank the rain water.
Days passed. Finally, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds and shone down on the little sprout which was growing into a small sapling.
As the warmth of summer returned to the forest, so did the woodpecker. Flying high in the sky, his eyes spied a little tree that had grown in the forest below. Soon a sleepy squirrel, a yawning bear, a groggy chipmunk and a wiggly earthworm passed by the little tree with its new leaves reaching out to the sun as if welcoming all to the forest.
A little acorn grows into a sapling with the assistance of the forest animals. Each animal makes an important contribution in the growth of the tree, from the tiny woodpecker to the great lumbering bear. The wonders of nature are highlighted in the journey of the little acorn, from seed to sapling. The story delighted the children in my classroom, and I was only able to use a flannel board as a prop. I hope children and their parents, and teachers and their students will continue to enjoy this story. Sylvia