The Crocodile, the lion and the dinosaur.
Once upon a time a big, green, crocodile was lying on the sand beside the river. He was enjoying the warm sun and was wondering what was he going to eat. Would he eat fish? Snap, snap. No not fish. Would he eat chewing gum? Snap, snap. No not chewing gum. Would he eat a fat human? Snap, snap. No not a human.

Just then a lion sprang out from behind a tree and roared and roared and roared. The poor crocodile scurried back as fast as he could and said, 'Oh please don't eat me. I'll give you some nice fresh fish to eat.'

'Roar! Roar!' said the lion. 'I don't want fish.'

'I'll give you some chewing gum,' said the crocodile.

'Roar! Roar!' said the lion, 'I don't want chewing gum.'

'I'll give you a nice fat human to eat.'

'Roar! Roar!' said the lion, 'I don't want humans.'

The poor crocodile was really worried that the lion only wanted to eat crocodile. But then the ground began to shake and the lion and the crocodile both heard a loud roaring sound as a dinosaur came stomping out from behind a tree.

'Oh don't eat me,' said the lion. 'Oh don't eat me,' said the crocodile. 'We'll give you some fish to eat,' they told the dinosaur.

'No! No!' said the dinosaur. 'I don't want fish.' And he stamped his dinosaur feet and waved his dinosaur tail, and rattled his three dinosaur horns at the lion and the crocodile.

'Oh. Please don't eat us. We'll give you some chewing gum,' said the lion and the crocodile together.

'No! No!' said the dinosaur. 'I don't want chewing gum.' And he stamped his dinosaur feet and waved his dinosaur tail, and rattled his three dinosaur horns at the lion and the crocodile.

'We'll give you some nice fat humans to eat,' said the lion and the crocodile together.

'No! No!' said the dinosaur. 'I don't want to eat humans.' And he stamped his dinosaur feet and waved his dinosaur tail, and rattled his three dinosaur horns at the lion and the crocodile. 'I want to dance with humans!'

Just then some children came running out and held hands with the dinosaur, the lion and the crocodile and then they all danced the hoki-poki. 'You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out, you put your right foot in and you shake it all about. You do the hoki-poki and you turn all about. That's what it's all about.'

They danced and danced till they could dance no more and they all plopped down on the warm sand by the river and watched the sun go down. And they all lived happily ever after.

© Daryll Bellingham
(Created in an oral improvisation session
with 3 -5 yr old children
at Jindalee Child Care Centre 16/6/92)



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