Magnus, the moose, lived in
the city. He had a home and a car. He was not like other moose. Most moose
live in the woods. Sometimes Magnus went to the park and sat on a swing,
and other days he went to the shops to buy a pair of shoes or a few
Cornish pasties and chips.
One day Lamont, Magnus's
pal, came to the city to visit him. Magnus took him to the park and to the
shops. They ate fish and chips and vanilla cakes.
When it was time for Lamont
to go home, he said, "Magnus, why don't you come to the woods with me to
visit. We can cook over an open fire and sing songs under the moon."
Magnus said, "I will! I'll
come to the woods with you." Magnus drove his car to the woods and left it
at the side of the road. He went with Lamont into the trees. It was dark
and the moon was big and white.
Lamont lit a fire and gave
Magnus a stick. "Put your marshmallows on the end of the stick and hold it
over the fire."
Magnus did what Lamont told
him to do. "The marshmallows are melting," he said.
"That's what they are
supposed to do. Just don't let them get burnt."
An owl went hoot, hoot,
"What was that noise? I am
scared," Magnus said.
"It's only an owl. There is
a lot of noise in the woods. Here, have two more marshmallows." Lamont
gave Magnus two hot dogs and Magnus put them on the end of his stick.
Magnus ate the gooey
marshmallows and then put out the fire. He lay in his bag and saw the moon
and stars. "Can we sing songs now?"
Lamont sang a song and
Magnus sang with him.
"Hoot! Hoot! Hoot!"
At first Magnus was scared
when he heard the noise, but then he saw the owl. "I'm not scared of an
owl." He shut his eyes and went to sleep.
The next day Magnus went
back to his car. "I'm going home to the city and there are no owls there."
drove away in his car.
Lamont waved at Magnus and
went back into the woods.