Lucy, her dog and the kangaroo

Once upon a time there was a house. It had a roof, four windows and a door. Inside the house there lived a girl called Lucy. Outside there lived a big, white dog called Henry. Now over behind the fence there was a little animal. It was a kangaroo.

Every day Henry the dog would bark - "Woof, woof, woof!" and the kangaroo would go - "Whack, whack, whack!" with it's tail on the fence. When she heard those sounds Lucy would know that it was time to go outside and play. Down the steps and out the door she went. She held hands with Henry the dog, and the kangaroo and they would skip around and around and around on the lawn.

One day something big and black and red and yellow and noisy could be seen coming over the tree tops towards Lucy's house. It was a ferocious storm. There were black clouds, and rain and hail and lightning that crashed and strong winds that roared.

Henry the dog went, "Woof, woof, woof!' and the kangaroo went, "Whack, whack, whack!" with his tail and Lucy said, "Let's run into the house. Quickly!" As quickly as they could they ran into the house and closed all the doors and windows. But the storm kept blowing and it was so strong that the house began to shake. It shook and shook and the storm blew and blew until the house fell right down.

And what happened to Lucy, Henry the dog and the kangaroo? Well they were very smart. They ran off to a safe-house where they were looked after until the storm died down and finally blew away.

Then Lucy got some workers with saws and hammers and planes and chisels and drills and they fixed up her house until it was as good as new.

©Daryll Bellingham
(Created with 4-5 yr old children
at Ascot Centenary Kindergarten and Pre-school, Brisbane
during an oral improvisation session on
17th February, 1993.)

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