Children's Stories

35 entries in this archive

Whistler the Orsinaurus (2,600 words, 13 minutes)

This is a story for our grandson Matthew who was born while we were visiting the West Coast of Canada.

We were in Whistler when we got the great news!

We bought a little teddy bear.

This is the story of Rx the Orsinaurus, a tiny Dinosaur bear whose name was changed to Whistler before he came to England to live with Matthew.

It is suitable as a ‘read to’ for children up to about 7 years.

And as a self-reader for ages 7 to 10.

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Teo the Hare (1,800 words, 9 minutes)

This is a children’s story written for our grandson Matthew.

On our way to visit Matthew we bought an ornament of a Hare.

We called him Teo, an Italian derivative of Matthew.

In Matthew’s house there are two ornamental Elephants, who are now Teo’s friends.

Matthew has a huge garden to play in.

Plenty room for two Elephants and a Hare to roam around in!

This story is suitable as a ‘read to’ bedtime story for younger children

And as a ‘read alone’ for 7 or 8 year-olds.

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Three Men and a Minnow (7,000 words, 35 minutes)

This is a tale about elderly men trout fishing on the Island of North Uist.

I have hoped to catch the Hebridean ‘lilt’ in my words.

It is suitable for older children of all ages.

It complements another tale called “Murphy’s Midnight Manuevers” about two dogs.

If you find yourself on North Uist do try “Langass Lodge” for excellent food and comfortable friendly accommodation.

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Murphy’s Midnight Manuevres (1600 words, 8 minutes)

This is a simple tale of a Labrador called Murphy.

Murphy is led astray, by another dog called The Corgi, who is his brother.

It is set on the Island of North Uist, where I go fishing each June.

It complements another different tale, also set on North Uist, called “Three Men and a Minnow”.

Both stories are suitable for children of all ages.

I unreservedly recommend “Langass Lodge” as the place to stay/eat, if you are in this area.

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Frederica the Frog (3,000 words, 20 minutes)

Some years ago we were in Milngavie Precinct near the Children’s Play Park.

Kirsty our friend Jo’s daughter, and Molly her grand -daughter, were already there.

Margaret chatted to Kirsty about the new baby (Emily) soon to arrive.

I had a long conversation with three-year-old Molly about her taste in Stories and about the Stories read to her at Nursery.

“It always about silly Frogs who turn into silly Princes,” Molly opined.

“Will I write you a story about a real Frog?”

Molly thought about it, then agreed. I suggested Frederica. Again she thought about it.

‘“Frederica the Frog? Will she be a real Frog?”

The story more of less wrote itself.

Margaret has hacked bits off it over the years but I warn you, it is still too long!

This exists in print form (A4 in colour). If you wish a copy, fill in the contact from with your request. I will be happy to send you a copy, if you are not too expensive to reach!

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Three Christmas Songs

Here are three songs for children to sing or have sung to them.

The original version was written for our Grandson Matthew.

This version is for all children, everywhere.

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Ruaridh the Bumblebee

This is another Ode.

We heard a ‘ding-dong’ from the delivery man.

“Would you take this for next door, please?”

Laura, Ruaridh and Anya came for the huge box.

“It’s a Bumblebee outfit, John,” said the glamorous Laura.

“Ruaridh’s class is having a Mini-Beastie Party tomorrow.”

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Dermot the Pig (200 words, 5 minutes)

This was written originally for our grandson Matthew, modified to be suitable for both Matthew and Ethan.

It was written in Keswick, in 2011, when we were on holiday, in our caravan.

It seems we must have come across some pigs.

I do really love pigs. They are so smart, so energetic, when they are not sleeping.

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Topolina and Nerone (1,600 words, 10 minutes)

This is a story about a little field mouse called Topolina and a big black Farm cat called Nerone.

The action occurs on the evening of Halloween.

It is set in Italy, I think, but it could be Scotland.

It started as a much longer, more complicated tale.

This version is ‘much trimmed’, revised again on 1 April to include more images and a tighter script.

Hopefully it will serve as a ‘read to’ bedtime story for younger children, say aged 4 to 6?

Perhaps as a self-reader for those aged 6 or 7 plus?

I will soon be available in hard copy. Contact me if you wish a copy.

Normally this will be provided free of charge.

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Hoppity Horace and Henry George at the Birthday Party (500 words/ 5 minutes?)

This was written for Julia Ailsa, daughter of Francesca my long-suffering Italian tutor.

It is a Birthday Party Story, intended to be read aloud by parents and grandparents.

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