Cindy Bear sat in the flowerbed.
Butterflies fluttered around her, as did bumblebees. They were gathering
pollen. Cindy loved the smell of the flowers. They smelled sweet and
fragrant. When the sun rose each morning, Cindy would eat a bowl of honey
for breakfast and then go out to the flower garden. She loved the
sunshine, when it was bright and clear. She could see every flower and
count the petals. Cindy didnít like to be outside in the dark. The noises
frightened her. Owls went hoot! Snakes slithered through the flowers and
other scary creatures ran about. Cindy liked the daytime much better.
One day Cindy was sitting by
herself, counting the purple petals on the flowers. She counted so many
that she fell asleep. When she woke up, it wasnít light any more. It was
dark. The sun wasnít out. The moon was in the midnight sky. Stars sparkled
all around. She heard a cricket chirp. CHIRP! CHIRP! CHIRP!
"Whatís that noise?" she asked,
frightened by the sound. It rubbed its wings together and seemed to be
moving closer to the bear. "Iím scared," she cried.
HOOT! HOOT! HOOT!
"Whatís that noise?" she cried. An
owl flew past carrying a mouse in its beak.
HISS! HISS! HISS!
"Whatís that noise?" A snake
slithered in front of her feet.
MEOW! MEOW! MEOW!
"Whatís that noise?" A black cat ran
by. It was as dark as the sky above. "I donít like the dark! I want to go
back to my cave." Cindy was terrified, but she didnít know how to get back
to her cave in the dark. Sheíd never been out at night before and didnít
know the way. Seeing no other choice, she curled up in a ball and tried to
fall asleep. Every time she heard a noise, she jumped up and looked
around. Finally she dozed off. When she woke up the sun was shining and it
was light. She could see the flowers, the bees, and the butterflies.
"Thank goodness, itís daytime. I can see everything. Iím never going to
fall asleep outside again," she said, and she never did.