I am taking the liberty of posting a little ryming story I wrote here on Aurora’s blogg post.
Feedback is welcome! There is some ongoing work to illustrate it, perhaps we can include a picture or two later!
A rhyming story with a moral – suitable for a picture book with perhaps two lines of verse on each page. I used the names of my own daughters on the last line of the tale.
Now Cicely Martin was a special wee child
Whose parents just thought she was terribly wild
So they called for a doctor…not one of the best
Who gave her some pills, and told her to rest
But Cicely Martin just couldn’t lie still
To the best of her knowledge, she wasn’t ill
She climbed out of bed, then sneaked out the door
And decided she wouldn’t come home anymore
Now, you may well be thinking her parents were sad
But I’m sorry to tell you …they were secretly glad!
On the six o’ clock news they told the reporter
They couldn’t imagine not having a daughter
In front of the camera they pretended to cry
But both you and I know… it was a terrible lie
This is where Cicely lived…
Things were quiet at first, but that didn’t matter
Dad bought a grey parrot that wanted to chatter
And then at the table, where our Cicely sat
Mum put in her place, a black and white rat
Upstairs in this room, you’ll see Cicely’s bed
Mum tucked in a snake that was yellow and red
It liked slithering silently under the covers
A thing that would frighten most other mothers!
But not Cicely’s! …She eats jellied eels for breakfast!
And here is the bathroom that Cicely used
I’m not surprised if you’re a little confused
Because under the sink, there’s a terrible stink
From a couple of ferrets and a cheeky wee mink
This is the room where Cicely played…
Now if you should choose to open this door
You’re in for a fright, and that’s for sure
Because instead of her toys
There’s a rather odd noise…
Her father thought it was awfully funny
Keeping a bear and feeding it honey!
Here’s Cicely’s pram, but something’s not right
Because all of her dolls have vanished from sight!
And what of the neighbours…well, they’ve run a mile
Because her parents just bought… a huge crocodile!
They then decided, it would be better by far
If they fastened a hippo in her seat in the car
He was a little bit heavy, so the tyres went flat
But he was better than Cicely – they agreed upon that!
Now, I know you are thinking: “Where did Cicely go?”
Well, she went to Hollywood, and starred in a show
She made bags of money and became very wealthy
And wrote twenty books on how to stay healthy
From time to time Cicely would take a look
At the family pictures in her photo book
This is a photo she had of her Mum and Dad…seeing it made Cicely a little sad!
The very next day Cicely flew home on a plane
Her life wasn’t just about money and fame…
She hoped that her parents had changed for the better
So she turned up at their door without writing a letter
This is how it looked when they opened the door…..
When Cicely found out what her parents had done
She was shocked at first, then scolded her Mum
“These poor little animals need somewhere new”
And the very next day, Cicely bought them a Zoo
Page 10 & 11
This is Cicely’s Zoo…
Please take a look, and I’m sure you will see
The Croc and the Bear and the Rat having tea
And there are the Ferrets and the cheeky wee Mink
And the Parrot who’s over there having a drink
Just look at the Snake, who is having great fun
Scaring the Hippo while he’s eating a bun
Right here at the entrance to Cicely’s zoo
People are running to be first in the queue
There are two new arrivals they all want to see
Just have a guess at who they might be!
It’s Cicely’s parents, and they look very sad
But that’s what you get, if you choose to be bad!
One thing’s for sure, they are both very healthy
Because Cicely found a way to stay wealthy
You can feed them with bags of broccoli spears
(If I told you the price, you’d soon be in tears!)
£2.50 each! So turn over quickly in case they try to sell you one!
All in all, things worked out very well
How life will turn out, we never can tell
4 years later…
Take a look here. I think you should see
Someone you know is on the TV…
A proud Cicely Martin is telling reporters
She’s happily married with two little daughters!
And their names are Stephanie and Camilla!