went for a walk in the forest. The afternoon sun sat above the horizon,
casting its warming rays on the trees. He heard birds chirping in the
trees and raccoons and squirrels rustling in the leaves. “I love going
for walks in the forest. It's so peaceful and quiet.” He hummed a song
as he walked along the path. In fact Jonas got so caught up in the peace
and quiet that he didn't pay attention to how late it was getting and
when he finally noticed, he could hardly see, it was dark.
of being quiet and peaceful, Jonas heard strange noises. Frogs croaked,
owls hooted and strange things slithered through the leaf litter and
sticks on the ground. “What was that noise?” He looked down at his feet
and could hardly see them. “I'm lost. How will I ever get home.”
darker and darker. Jonas noticed there was no stars or moon, and if
there were, he'd never see them because of all the tall trees.
of eyes glowed in the dark. Jonas gasped. “What's that?” He bit his
fingernails. “What if it's a wild animal that wants to eat me?”
pair of eyes glowed, and another, and another until there were dozens of
pairs of eyes staring at Jonas. “Who are you? What do you want?” He
backed up against a tree and clung to it with fear. “Go away!”
his eyes and hoped when he opened them that it would be daylight and
this would all have been a bad dream. It was still dark and the eyes
were still staring at him. “What if they're spiders and are spinning
webs around me?”
Suddenly a light flashed in Jonas's face. “Jonas, what are you doing out
here in the forest all by yourself in the dark?” His brother Tody shined
the light all around. “Look at all the animals. They've come to watch
over you and keep you safe.”
smiled when he saw the raccoons and the mice and the chipmunks and
squirrels. None of them wanted to hurt him. He felt rather foolish.
Jonas followed his brother back home. They lit a fire and sipped some
soup. That night Jonas slept well. The next day he gathered a bowl of
nuts and pieces of apple and pears and took them into the forest. “Here
you go, my friends. This is to thank you for watching out for me last
night.” He put the bowl down. Soon all the animals gathered round and
nibbled on the food.
never went walking alone in the woods again at night and he always
remembered the forest animals were his friends.