Baydan Bunny and his friends, Connor
Chick, Dorie Duck, and Lexy Lamb.
"The waves are high. Iím afraid,"
Connor Chick cried.
"Whose idea was it to build a raft
and go for a sail anyway?" Lexy Lamb asked.
"It was Baydanís idea," Dorie Duck
whimpered. "I donít like these big waves. Iím scared too."
Baydan Bunny was afraid himself, but
didnít let his friends know. "I didnít know we were going to have a storm.
Letís look at this as an adventure." He tried to smile but when a huge
wave crashed over the raft, nearly knocking all of them into the raging
sea, Baydan started to cry, as did the others.
"I see land," Connor shouted,
pointing to the east. "Itís an island."
"Maybe the waves will carry us
there. We seem to be heading straight for it," Lexy sighed.
She was right. The waves washed the
raft and the four tired animals onto the beach. They lay in the sand,
among seashells, crabs, and flotsam. The rain stopped and the clouds
turned fluffy and white, instead of dark gray. "At least weíre safe now,"
Dorie quacked. "I wonder where we are?" She stood up and waddled across
the sand towards some palm trees.
"I hope there are no cannibals or
horrible creatures on this island," Conner frowned.
"Donít worry about it. Iím sure
there arenít," Baydan said.
"Wait for me, Dorie. Iíll come with
you," Lexy shouted, running towards the duck.
Connor and Baydan walked up and down
the beach. "Look at all the seashells. I think Iíll gather some for my
shell collection," Conner chirped.
Baydan looked up into the trees. "I
think there are coconuts growing on those palms. If I climb the tree and
pick some, maybe the others wonít be so angry with me." He hopped over to
the bottom and looked up. "Those are the strangest looking coconuts Iíve
ever seen. Since when are coconuts pink?" He climbed the tree and when he
reached the top he gasped. "These arenít coconuts. Theyíre Easter Eggs!"
He started to laugh. His nose twitched and his fluffy tail wiggled back
and forth. He picked an armful and climbed back down.
When Connor had gathered plenty of
shells, he carried them over to Baydan. "What have you got there?" he
asked, dropping the shells in the sand.
"Easter Eggs. Arenít they pretty?"
Baydan smiled. "Some of them are chocolate and some are real eggs,
depending on what tree you pick them from."
"Wow! Easter eggs! Easter Egg
Island," Connor squeaked.
"Look what we found," Dorie shouted,
running towards the bunny and the chick.
"We found Easter eggs," Lexy began
"Baydan found some too. Weíre going
to call this place Easter Egg Island," Connor said.
The four of them feasted on
chocolate eggs until they were full. "I donít care if we ever get off this
island now," Dorie quacked.
The next morning, before the sun was
too high in the sky, they picked more Easter eggs and gobbled them down.
They did this every day for a week. On the eighth day they got up as usual
to gather eggs. "There are no more eggs on this tree," Baydan said.
"There are none on this tree
either," Connor pouted.
They went from tree to tree, all
over the island. There wasnít one Easter egg left on any of the trees. "We
ate them all," Lexy frowned. "We were greedy and ate too many eggs at one
time. Now there are none left."
"Oh no! What are we going to do?"
Dorie cried. "Weíre going to starve to death."
"When I was down at the lagoon,"
Baydan began, "I saw fish in the water. They were swimming through the
"I like fish," Dorie smiled,
realizing she wouldnít starve after all.
"Lambs donít eat fish. Neither do
bunnies or chicks," Lexy replied.
"What do lambs eat?" Dorie asked.
"We eat flowers and grass most of
the time," Lexy said.
"Thereís a lot of that on the
island. What about bunnies? What do you eat, Baydan?" Dorie questioned.
"Bunnies eat carrots, turnips,
leeks, and other vegetables," he answered.
"When Lexy and I were exploring the
island, I saw some vegetables. What about you, Connor? What do chicks
eat?" Dorie enquired.
"Chicks eat seed and corn. Itís
delicious, but not as good as Easter eggs," Connor answered.
"Thereís something for all of us on
this island. Maybe in a few weeks the Easter eggs will grow back. We just
have to remember not to be greedy and just eat a few each day instead of
every egg on the tree," Dorie said.
Dorie was right. The Easter eggs
grew back on the trees after a month. They knew that if they ate them all,
theyíd have to wait for a long time before they would grow back, so each
day Dorie ate fish, Connor ate his seed, Baydan nibbled on wild carrots,
and Lexy ate grass and flowers. Each night, before they went to sleep,
Baydan climbed the tree and picked one egg for each of them.
"I love Easter Egg Island," Connor
"Me too," the others answered.