Children's short story - Stay away from the woods

Children’s Short Story – Stay Away From the Woods

Below is a children’s short story I wrote. The inspiration came from an illustration of a little girl sitting with a bear that I saw on Instagram. From seeing that image a story began to transpire in my head so I picked up my notebook and wrote the below story. It is a tale of friendship written in rhyme with some repetition and I have also included a few illustrations. I hope you enjoy reading my short story.

Children’s Short Story – Stay Away From the Woods

Stay away from the woods, 

As within lies a bear. 

He is big and scary, 

So you must take care.

*

Stay away from the woods, 

Take the path and walk around. 

You will be safe from the bear, 

If you don’t make a sound. 

*

Stay away from the woods, 

And have a safe trip, my child. 

Do as I have told you, 

And don’t go wild. 

I must stay away from the woods, 

As they are not safe for me. 

I will walk the path around, 

And safe from the bear I will be.

*

I must stay away from the woods, 

But what is that behind the tree?

I can’t see the bear anywhere. 

So I will just pop in and see.

*

I must stay away from the woods. 

That is what Mumma told me, 

But here I am going deeper inside,

Following my curiosity. 

Did no one tell you to stay away from the woods? 

No one comes in as they say I am scary, 

But that is not true. 

I am just big and hairy. 

*

Did no one tell you to stay away from the woods? 

I have not seen anyone in a while.

But now you have come along,

And made me smile.

*

Did no one tell you to stay away from the woods? 

I am glad you came in as I need a friend. 

If you stay we can have fun together, 

And play until the day’s end.

I am glad I came into the woods. 

As I got to meet you bear. 

You are friendly, funny and kind, 

And you didn’t give me a scare. 

*

I am glad I came into the woods. 

As we have had lots of fun today. 

Climbing trees and rolling down hills, 

and having fun all the way. 

*

I am glad I came into the woods.

And with you, I got to have fun and play.

I must go home now for my tea,

But I will visit you again another day.

THE END

A short story written and illustrated by Cheryl Lee-White Copyright Cheryl Lee-White 2022 

This story may not be distributed or replicated without the author’s permission. Please email [email protected] with any requests. This story can be read to and shared with children including in a classroom environment.

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